I had never heard of ‘Repair Cafés’ until I read the article “We Need More Repair Cafés“. As the name implies these are locations where people can take items and get assistance to repair them. Some of these are permanent locations, while others are pop-up locations. As their website says:
Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). In the place where a Repair Café is located, you’ll find tools and materials to help you make any repairs you need. On clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, et cetera. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.
Visitors bring their broken items from home. Together with the specialists they start making their repairs in the Repair Café. It’s an ongoing learning process. If you have nothing to repair, you can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee. Or you can lend a hand with someone else’s repair job. You can also get inspired at the reading table – by leafing through books on repairs and DIY.
Most of the existing locations are in Europe which makes sense since this movement began in Amsterdam. You can find out more about them at https://repaircafe.org/en/. You can also find the Repair Café closest to you at https://repaircafe.org/en/visit/. Unfortunately there are not many (around 50 at the time I write this) in the US yet and none in Texas.
You, or your organization, my be in the position to start up a Repair Café in your local community.