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.