On 20 May the forecast for major storms and flooding did not keep the dedicated repairers away from our first ever Repair Cafe at the Devonport Community House. Lots of advice, knowledge and wisdom was shared by those who came as mentors with those who brought along an array of busted items.
Many new skills were acquired by the attendees who were keen to learn how to fix things for themselves and to observe others fixing their items as well.
Heather & Julie were flat chat on the sewing machines with various trouser hem repairs, pattern making, pants seams, curtain mending and also sewing machine servicing.
Walter & Kelly worked away on repairing the brakes and gears on bicycles. Things were a bit quiet for them due to the weather and people not wanting to venture out on their bikes however their enthusiasm was contagious and a few people learned how to fix brakes on their own human powered machines.
Samantha demonstrated some old time skills with leather work and repaired horse bridles, handbags and satchels and also went home with some repairs to complete for CENTs traders using her Offerings through the exchange.
John was busy sharpening tools and knives as was Nick and numerous gardening implements found their way into the Repair Cafe returning with their owners as sharp as the day they were purchased.
Damien handed out some excellent advice and had many follow up consultations to carry on with post event regarding free software and general operational maintenance.
Neil offered his expertise in furniture restoration and woodwork and imparted some wisdom to others looking to weigh up the cost effectiveness of recycling/reusing versus buying new.
A fantastic day had by all with the most wonderful feedback and requests for more Repair Cafe events in the future.
Thanks everyone for coming along to support this event and especially to our volunteer mentors.
Imagine a world where people trade their goods, services and skills with one another without money. Well that world exists right here in Tassie! The Community Exchange Network Tasmania (CENTs) is a community exchange allowing traders to buy, sell, share, swap, barter and gift their wares in lots of different ways – such as gardening, home help, baby sitting, office work, providing transport or by teaching someone a new skill. Tania Brookes tells Belinda King how it works.
The RESEED Centre in downtown Penguin in north west Tasmania was host to yet another CENTs trading event featuring Healthy Lifestyle Consultant Dr Michelle Towle who whizzed through a ten minute “How to Make Sauerkraut” workshop with her no salt, no chop, throw me in the blender routine. With plenty of questions from the eager audience and another short demo on fermenting another concoction of vegetables the participants enjoyed a tasty sample to take home and some to share over lunch. Lots of crunchy goodness for your microbiome.
There’s snow on them there mountains! Warm up with your Christmas spirit trading your Christmas delights and sharing a community lunch.
Bring your goods & services for trading and beat the winter blues by giving yourself an airing. Those offering services can give us 60 second elevator speech on what they are offering to promote their services.
Michelle will be teaching an optional Make Your Own Sauerkraut workshop from 11:30am-12:30pm at a cost of C15 or $15.
BYO Jar RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to book your space.
Wow! What an awesome workshop we had today at RESEED for our Road to Plastic Free July event. Most people started off totally overwhelmed and bamboozled by the copious quantities of plastic and the ridiculous statistical data to match. #plasticfreejuly#centstasmania
Diana and Tania shared heaps of relevant information and hand outs as well as some fantastic examples of alternative plastic free products. There were many samples available to touch, smell and use to give attendees an opportunity to see the difference going plastic free can make. As the day progressed the sparkle returned to our eyes when we were filled with inspiring and practical know how on how to de-plastic our lives. All attendees left ready to tackle the Challenge. Bring it on!
Need those trousers hemmed? Holes in your wool jumper? CENTs brings you a community gathering of fixers. In our throw away world and repairing skills quickly diminishing we need to retain the ability to repair and/or fix our items rather than throw them away and buy a new one. As the earths resources are under pressure we ask the big question of how can we contribute to walking lightly on the earth. Manufacturers are increasingly designing products to be thrown away and unable to be repaired.
This event is about learning new skills and knowledge sharing in an attempt to repair your own items with the help of a volunteer mentor. Repairs will be carried out by you. Perhaps your item can’t be fixed but advice is available and if should you need a replacement you can list that as a WANT on CENTs.
Please bring a plate of finger food to share. No dishes/pots please as a designated eating space will not be available on the day.
This Saturday from 11:30am come and join us for our first trial of a Repair Cafe. We will have mentors available for repairs to computers, laptops and other devices, software and hardware advice, free software options and antivirus, leather work repairs including horse bridles, plants, trees, garden advice and horticulture/permaculture repairs and design, bicycles, furniture restoration, wood working, solar ovens, knife and garden tools sharpening, sewing/darning and numerous others from our talented community. Bring along your broken items and work with a mentor to fix your item while learning new skills and giving new life to your item. This is a FREE community event and normal CENTs trading applies so don’t forget to bring your goods to trade without money.
It will involve businesses and not for profit organisations promoting sustainable ideals, food and life style stalls, presentations and activities that promote and support the aims of the NWEC. All welcome.
CENTs Stall on the day and Swap Area – BYO item to swap (must be in good, clean serviceable condition)