Repair Cafe – Devonport

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.





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ABC Northern Tasmania

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.


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