Repair Revolution is a radical experiment, one designed to redefine our relationship with our possessions. Patagonia’s CEO has declared that, “Repair is a radical act,” So we’re doing our part to act like revolutionaries. In a world where repair is a dying art and an unfamiliar philosophy, and shopping at small local businesses is still an emergent trend, running a successful repair-focused pop-up event is nothing short of amazing.
On Saturday, October 24, 2015 more than 100 people turned out for Repair Revolution’s debut. Attendees spilled out of OwlNWood, a beautiful vintage consignment boutique in the Uptown neighborhood of Oakland, CA, where Repair Revolution gathered local, vetted repair service providers to make it easy for people to fix, rather than discard, what they love. The four talented professionals behind One Stop Shoe Shine, Sweet Potato Seamstressing, Ferrario Made Goods, and iSAVE iPhone and iPad Mobile Repair all set up onsite for the afternoon, tools at the ready.
75% of those who attended brought something to be repaired. Others came to show support for the repair community or happened to pass by. A sampling of the items brought in for expert fixing: ripped jeans, scuffed boots, a treasured family quilt, pants that needed hemming, and a cracked iPhone.
To those who participated in the experiment: thank you! You made it a priority to meet and engage with the trusted repair professionals, and by extending the life of your possessions, reduced pressure on the environment and supported local businesses! Consider yourself a Repair Radical! We can’t thank you enough for joining our ranks.
At Repair Revolution, we think the predominant model of make, take, waste is radically foolish and wasteful. We work hard every day to counter its influence and impacts by making it easy to fix what you love AND help local repair shops prosper.
Repair is a way of life for the repair craftspeople we work with. They are skilled artists really, using their talents to fix and extend the useful life of things. We think rejecting endless consumption is radically cool, and envision a world where repair is an overtly accepted practice, as normal as brushing your teeth and recycling your bottles and cans.
Based on what we saw at the pop up, it looks like you agree. The feedback at the event was overwhelmingly positive, with many requests for more events with more repairers. We hear you, friends, and will do our best to meet your expectations in the months to come.
So again, thank you to all those who participated! Visitors, your enthusiastic participation made the pop up a success. Repair partners and hosts at OwlNWood, we literally couldn’t have done it without you! You give us the courage and will to continue the revolution to change society’s relationship with possessions. Viva la repair!