Fix-It Fairs Kitsap

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​Fix-It Fairs are FREE community events where skilled fixers help visitors repair or mend their broken household items and clothing.


Upcoming Fix-It Fairs

Please register to let us know about the broken items you're bringing. Registering helps us plan the event, but it is not required. All repairs are first come, first served. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Our friends in Port Townsend, WA are holding their first Repair Cafe on February 29 from 10 am  to 2 pm! Visit their website to learn more.

 How does a Fix-It Fair work?

Fix-it Fairs are three-hour events held in community spaces throughout Kitsap. At the events, skilled fixers provide free repairs for common household items and clothing.

All repairs are first come, first served.

Visitors check-in, sign waivers, and then wait for their name to be called. Visitors stay with their items during the repair and sometimes assist the fixer. Fixers assess the items and notify visitors if something cannot be repaired.

You can bring more than two items. After fixers work on your first two items, you can join the back of the waiting list with two more items (if there is enough time). Thirty minutes before the end of the event, we will stop adding people to the waiting list.

Events are family-friendly and snacks are provided.


What can be fixed at a Fix-It Fair?

Most items are welcome for free repair, including mendable clothing, textiles, lamps, small appliances, small electronics, furniture, bicycles, jewelry, toys, and outdoor equipment.

  • We ask visitors to register in advance for these free events. Registering in advance helps us plan the events, but it's not required.

  • You can bring more than two items. After fixers work on your first two items, you can join the back of the waiting list with two more items (if there is enough time). Thirty minutes before the end of the event, we will stop adding people to the waiting list.

  • Please only bring small items that can be easily carried in by one person.

  • Do not bring any items that are leaking, dangerous, contain gasoline or fluids, or have a strong odor (other restrictions may apply).

  • Clothing and other textiles should be washed before you bring them in for mending

  • If your item needs a specialized part, bring the part with you. If a specialized part is needed, you may have time to leave the event and buy it at the hardware store. Or fixers will advise you on which part to buy and how to install it yourself.

  • Common repair parts will be provided as needed.

  • No guarantee an item can be repaired, or that trying to fix it won't break it even more.

 Help out as a Fixer or Volunteer

Your skills are needed at these fun, community-powered events!

To be added to our list of interested fixers/volunteers, submit an interest form below or contact the program coordinator at 360-337-4678 or cnewman@co.kitsap.wa.us.

Once event dates and locations are confirmed, we will contact you to ask whether you are available at attend.

 

​Fixers

​Fixers are people with skills in repairing a variety of items. The fixer team at each event will repair items brought in by people from the community, including small appliances, lamps, furniture, clothing, bicycles, small electronics, computers, jewelry, toys, and more.

Fixers bring their own tools and small supplies. We provide additional supplies, food, and drink.  Fix-It Fairs last 3 hours. 

We need both core fixers and volunteer fixers:

  • Core fixers receive a $100 stipend from Zero Waste Washington for each three-hour event they participate in. These people may be looking to gain experience for starting their own repair businesses.

  • Volunteer fixers have a more flexible time commitment, but are welcome at all events!

Submit a Fixer Interest Form

Student Fixer Apprentice

​Apprentices are high school or college/technical school students who are developing repair or sewing skills.

Apprentices bring their own tools or use those provided. We will provide food, drink, and Zero Waste Washington will provide a $50 stipend for each apprentice for each three-hour long Fix-It Fair.

Apprentice can be under 18 years old with permission from a parent or guardian.

Submit an Apprentice Interest Form

Volunteers

​Volunteers do not need fixing skills, just a willingness to help set-up, break-down, and assist with the event. Volunteers will be trained during the event.

Volunteers can be under 18 years old with permission from a parent or guardian.

Submit a Volunteer Interest Form

Community Partners

​If you or your organization or business would like to support these events, we welcome donations of food, drink, repair supplies, and monetary support. Donations are received by nonprofit Zero Waste Washington. Contact Xenia at xenia@zerowastewashington.org or 425-625-4500 to inquire.

We are also looking for community partners to provide children's activities and community outreach tables at the Fix-It Fairs. Contact Caitlin at cnewman@co.kitsap.wa.us or 360-337-4678 to inquire.

 Why repair?

  • Repair is a viable option in Kitsap. We are lucky to have a community of skilled repairers to help fix our broken stuff.

  • Repair is good for the local economy. Repair shops keep money in our local economy and support local families. We want to support and grow the repair community.

  • Items aren't made to last as long anymore and it can be frustrating when they break. Repairing them gives you more options than simply throwing them away.

  • Repairing feels good! It is empowering to learn a new skill and bring new life to your favorite things.

  • Fix-It Fairs and Repair Cafes are growing in popularity worldwide. Read about the history of Repair Cafes on Wikipedia. In 2018 and 2019, Indianola Beach Improvement Club organized the first known formal Repair Cafes in Kitsap County.

 Past events

    January 25, 2020 at Givens Community and Senior Center in Port Orchard

 About and Contact

Fix-It Fairs are a pilot project of Zero Waste Washington, Kitsap County, and members of our community.

Funding provided through a Public Participation Grant from the Department of Ecology.



Project Coordinator

Caitlin Newman

cnewman@co.kitsap.wa.us

360-337-4678