Repairathon will be sewing up a storm at the YIMBY (Yes in My Backyard) Festival Saturday, Oct. 31 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Look for our table in the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.
Have a tear in your jeans? Need a button sewn on? Stop by and we’ll fix it. Feel free to come by with clean clothing in need of small repairs, not more than 2-3 per person.
We’re always looking for more volunteers, so if you’d like to help out, let us know. You don’t need to know how to sew, and it’s not a big commitment. For more information on volunteering, click here!
Just a reminder that we’ll be repairing clothes tomorrow (Saturday) at Evergreen Brickworks, as part of 100 in 1 Day. We’ll be there from 9am-12:30am, alongside their fantastic farmers’ market. Also don’t forget, you can you can get there by bike, TTC from Davisville, or free bus from Broadview station. I believe we will be at the south end near the entrances from the parking lot.
Bring clean clothing in need of small repairs, not more than 2-3 per person, and don’t forget to thank our generous volunteers.
Other items to note
- If you can’t make it to the Repairathon, check out the Really Really Free Market, which is also tomorrow.
- A week after the Repairathon is the next Repair Café, this time at North York Central Library. Their events are great, and they do repairs of everything, not just clothing.
- The Toronto Environmental Alliance is running a Waste-Free Challenge. They’ve posted 10 simple actions you can take right now to reduce waste, and they’ve got prizes too 🙂
Just a quick reminder that our first Repairathon for 2014 is tomorrow, at the Wychwood Barns. Details are on the original post. Thanks to the attention we’ve had including blogTO and CBC’s Metro Morning (I was interviewed early this morning), I expect we’ll be quite busy.
We’ll probably have one event in May and another in June, so you’ll be hearing about those in the weeks go come. In the meantime, there’s also the next Repair Cafe on May 10th.
See you tomorrow 🙂
The September Repairathon at St Lawrence Market is tomorrow, beginning at 9:30! Bring anything with a rip or tear, missing a button, etc., and we’ll see if we can get that fixed. No more than 2 or 3 items per person, as usual.
Specifically, we’ll be in the North building, next to the stage and close to the North Market Administration Office, right across from the Rowe Farms stall.
Other news of note:
And as always, we welcome new volunteers, even if you have never sewn before 🙂
Just a quick reminder that our fourth Repairathon is tomorrow.
We’ll be in front of the Maria A. Shchuka Library, which is at 1745 Eglinton Avenue West. If the weather turns horrible, we’ll move inside the library. We’ll be part of the York-Eglinton International Street Festival, for which Eglinton will be closed from Oakwood Ave. to Dufferin St. Their website lists the entertainers, and that’s on top of the petting zoo, carnival rides, and the “Largest street dance floor in Toronto.”
The Repairathon begins at 12:00pm. Please bring your clothing for repair no later than 3:30.
See you there!
In other news, the Repair Café has posted photos from their 3rd event. Repairathon volunteers Monica and Sue were there to help.
We’ll let you know if and when a September Repairathon will take place.
Just a quick reminder that we are on for tomorrow’s Clothing Repairathon at Kensington Market. Our volunteers will be there from 1pm-5pm. Our specific location will be 63 Kensington Avenue. The storefront we’re located at has an awning that we can be under, which means that we will not need to cancel if it is raining. See you there!
Remember to bring no more than 2-3 items of clothing with small holes or tears, missing buttons, etc. We will stop accepting clothing around 15 minutes before we close, depending on how busy we are. And of course, don’t forget to thank the volunteers.
In other news, we’ve been asked to do repairs at next Saturday’s Really Really Free Market. I’m not sure if we’ll be able to make it, given how close it is to tomorrow’s event. If you are interested in helping us run more events, please consider volunteering, and suggest it to your friends as well.
Just a reminder that our friends at the Repair Café Toronto are hosting their first event tomorrow. Their goal is much more ambitious than the Repairathon’s; while we are focused on clothing so far, they are hoping to repair anything. It will also be more hands-on, with volunteers helping you to repair your own items. So if you’ve got anything needing repair, or you have some repair abilities, head on over. Saturday May 25, 10am-2pm, at 791 St. Clair Avenue West.
I’m sadly unable to attend myself, but I know that at least one Repairathon volunteer (Monica) will probably be there. You can see her in some of the photos from our previous event. I hope it goes well and that there will be many more events in the future.
Speaking of future events, we’re still working on planning our events for the rest of this summer. As always, let us know if you have any ideas. And of course, we’re always looking for new volunteers, with or without sewing experience. Join us, it’ll be fun 🙂
As I write this, it’s after 1am, so I guess that makes it Saturday, which means… the second Clothing Repairathon is today. Details at that link, but to summarize, it’s 9am-1pm, at Withrow Park, in Riverdale.
I’ve been a bit overwhelmed by all the press, attention, compliments, and thanks we’ve been receiving. I’ve heard that we were mentioned on CBC Radio’s Metro Morning show Friday, although I haven’t had a chance to listen yet. We were also mentioned on BlogTO’s “this week in fashion,” and our friends at Transition Toronto helped spread the word too.
I hope to see many of you at the event today. If not, stay tuned for our third event, sometime in June or July. Oh, and if you or anyone you know is interested in helping us as a volunteer (as a sewer or otherwise), please let us know.
We’re very excited for our first event tomorrow, and we have no idea what sort of crowd to expect. This first Repairathon will be a learning experience for us… to see how many people show up, and what kind of repairs are needed. I’m sure some things won’t go as planned, but as long as we get some repairs done, and have fun doing it, we’ll have succeeded.
Last week I was worried that we wouldn’t have enough thread in enough colours to do a whole lot of repairs. Today, I am absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of donations to the Repairathon. It seems like every donation we’ve collected in the last few days has been twice as much stuff as the previous. We have so much that I now feel a tremendous responsibility to make sure we use it, and use it well.
The donated materials will enable us to expand much more quickly than I had thought we would be able to, perhaps faster than we’re even ready for yet. We’ll keep you updated on this blog, of course. Oh, and we’re actually suspending donations of thread, standard sewing needles, standard pins, and tape measures for now, other than what is brought to tomorrow’s event.