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News - October 12, 2012

Silicon Valley entrepreneur starts 'Repair Café'

From headsets to vacuums, volunteers will fix household items to reduce landfill waste

by Sue Dremann

A new Palo Alto nonprofit organization that aims to help non-tinkerers solve the minor mysteries of repairing broken small appliances and household items will open its doors on Sunday, Oct. 14.

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Posted by bru, a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:59 am

bru is a registered user.

What a great idea!

Posted by Janet, a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:15 am

Talk about deju vu all over again! In the 60s there was a place on Park Ave in Palo Alto, near where Frys now is, where you could take your recycling and things you didn't need but others might. There was also a place where you could share tools to fix your car or anything else. I think Stanford had a similar informal organization at that time.

Posted by Sherry, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:16 am

Brilliant! thank you.

Posted by MPCyclist, a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:33 am

Great idea. A lot of things get tossed because it's impossible to find a replacement for that cheap, specialized $0.29 thingamajig that broke. If volunteers can develop a resource list or a list of places where one could go to make a replacement part, that would also be very helpful. I'll definitely check it out and possibly volunteer.

Posted by Nan, a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

Peter - such a good idea! Thanks for taking the initiative.

Posted by Paula Sandas, a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

Good on ya, Peter Skinner! Just say "yes" to the Repair Cafe!

Posted by Lisa van dusen, a resident of Community Center
on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I have my "Ready to Repair" pile at the ready for Sunday!

Posted by KP, a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Love it! I have a new flat screen TV with a broken antenna plug - just don't know how to fix it...YET!

Posted by Penny, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Great idea!

Posted by CC, a resident of Stanford
on Oct 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Is this only for Palo Alto residents?

Posted by Yona, a resident of Meadow Park
on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

How frequently will this take place. It's great, and I'd like to participate, but can't on Oct. 14.

Posted by Marvelous Marv, a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

Re: Repair Cafe: how does a very good fix-it guy volunteer?

This write-up doesn't say.

Posted by Bob, a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

We wil likely hold another Repair Cafe in January. The event is not restricted to Palo Alto residents.

Posted by Jan H., a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Any chance these events will one day be held monthly, or even bi-monthly?

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