Fixing things is a way to push back against disposable culture and over-consumption. If we can satisfy even a portion of our needs by fixing and reusing things we already have rather than buying new things, then we move toward consuming sustainably. Check out ifixit.org to find out more about the benefits of fixing.
Want someone else to fix it?
If you just want it fixed, the great repair shops of Minnesota are here to help. There are too many repair shops to mention, so before you throw something out, check online to see if there’s a repair option near you.
You can find shoe/leather repair, seamstresses, electronic repair, small engine and outdoor gear repair stores – strollers, tents, coats, boots, and more. There are wicker repair shops, furniture repair and reupholstery shops, and lamp repair shops.
Often places that sell goods have a repair arm as well. Hardware stores often repair window screens and sharpen knives, scissors and skates. REI and Best Buy offer some repair services. Many other national brands, like Patagonia, LL Bean, and others will repair items they manufactured for a fee.
Want to fix it yourself?
If you haven’t tried it, you just don’t know how great it feels when you repair something yourself. Not only will you feel pretty darn good about yourself, you may also be surprised to find that you feel more attached to the lamp, or toaster, or laptop. And we bet you’ll be looking forward to your next fix.
Fix-it clinics are one way to learn how to fix just about anything. At the free clinics, volunteers with repair skills help you troubleshoot the problem, then take apart and fix your household appliances and clothing You learn valuable repair skills and get to keep your stuff longer.
One visitor to a fix-it clinic said: “Thanks so much! It is wonderful to have an item you like be fixed rather than thrown away. You are the greatest!"
- Ramsey County-https://www.ramseycounty.us/residents/recycling-waste/education/fix-it-clinics
- Hennepin County- http://www.hennepin.us/residents/recycling-hazardous-waste/fix-it-clinics
Click it and fix it
If you need help with a larger item or can’t make it to a clinic, there are plenty of options online. YouTube has thousands of “how to” videos that can help you. Repair Clinic and Eric The Car Guy offer resources for fixing everything from appliances and heating and air systems to automobiles and lawn mowers. Another resource is iFixit, which provides many free manuals and an online community of people trying to fix various items including smartphones and tablets. You also can call the manufacturer of your item for some help troubleshooting. Many local businesses offer repair services for clothes, vacuums, appliances, and more.