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Repair Fair

Next Repair Fair: April 20, 2024

Give your stuff a second chance and get it repaired! The Addison County Solid Waste Management District is hosting our next Repair Fair on April 20, 2024. This will be a free event, where residents can learn basic repair skills, enjoy refreshments, and build a culture of repair with their neighbors.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2024, 10 AM – 2 PM 
Where: American Legion, 49 Wilson Rd, Middlebury, VT 05753


History of the Repair Fair

ACSWMD's Repair Fair is based on the idea of a "Repair Café," which originated in Amsterdam in 2009 by a sustainability advocate named Martine Postma. After the successful implementation of several Repair Cafés in her area, Postma founded the Repair Café Foundation in 2010, to spread the idea and share resources throughout the globe. Since then, over 30 countries have joined the movement and over 1,400 Repair Cafés have been established.

The three fundamental objectives of the Repair Café Foundation are:

  • To promote the lost art of repair in modern communities
  • To learn and teach repair skills and information
  • To cultivate social cohesion by gathering a diverse group of community members and encouraging them to work together to meet each other’s needs

ACSWMD's first repair event was held in June 2018 at Middlebury Union High School. The second Repair Fair organized by ACSWMD was held on February 2019 at the Hannaford Career Center in Middlebury, with the third not long after in November of 2019. The fourth Repair Fair occurred in March 2022 at the Hannaford Career Center's Makery. The fifth was in February 2023 at the Bixby Library in Vergennes and was entirely clothing & textile focused.


Thank you to the Middlebury American Legion for the use of their event space for the 2024 Repair Fair.