Fix-It Fair


Volunteer fixing a computer

We live in a consumer society. When something breaks, we are far more likely than our ancestors to just get a new one. We also have manufacturers who’ve created “planned obsolescence” where they actually create items that are less durable or work to create new features in that next phone that comes out, making our old phone obsolete.

Welcome to a new era, a place where getting informed and fixing things is cool. Portland offers three Fix-It Fairs starting in November and going through February. I was amazed at all the fun educational offers they have to insulate your home yourself, to reduce waste, to save money with shower heads and ec0-lightbulbs, gardening information, and so much more. You can easily spend about an hour with their vendors and local groups in the main room.


I learned a lot at the Free Geek table

They also offer free classes throughout the day on health, home repair, finance and gardening. Some classes are offered in Spanish. I will be teaching about decluttering at 1 PM on Saturday, February 25th at Madison High School located at 2735 NE 82nd Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Here is the flyer with full details.


Sample of classes

And if that’s not enough already, they provide a fix-it station where you can drop off items that need fixing – such as a torn pair of pants that need sewing, or a broken toaster, or a radio that has a frayed cord. They fix things at no charge during this special event.

Fix-It Fair is a FREE City of Portland event where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with resources. Join your neighbors and talk to the experts about how to spend less and stay healthy. Come check it out next Saturday if you’re in the area!


  • Weatherization
  • Health and Nutrition
  • Water and Energy Savings
  • Recycling
  • Yard and Garden Care
  • Community Resources



  • Free Lunch
  • Free On-site Childcare
  • Door Prizes Every Hour
  • Free Blood Lead Testing





Just one of the tables with lots of information


Free seeds


Volunteers helping to sew torn clothes



A free lunch too!


  1. Vicki says:

    Great article! Wish I was there.


    • You might try Googling “Fix-It” and the name of your city to see if they offer any repair cafes or other events. I know in Portland we are very fortunate to have so many eco-friendly options.


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