The City of Eugene regularly hosts Fix-It Fairs, inviting the community to get items repaired at no cost. Volunteers and professionals will provide free repairs and will be available to coach attendees interested in learning how to make their own repairs.
Repair services will be available for a variety of products, including small appliances (like lamps and toasters), tools, clothing and textiles, small electronics, home and garden tools, furniture, and toys. To cut down on unnecessary waiting times during busy periods, a maximum of ONE broken item per person will be examined.
- Repair is a viable option in Eugene. We are lucky to have a community of repair professionals to help fix our broken stuff.
- Repair is good for the local economy. Repair shops keep money in our local economy and support local families.
- Items aren't made to last as long anymore and it can be frustrating when they break. Repairing them gives you more options than simply throwing them away.
- Repairing feels good! It is empowering to learn a new skill and bring new life to your favorite things.
In total for all four of our large events, we have assisted over 500 community members with about 70% of the items being repaired! To date, we have kept over 2,500 pounds of stuff out of the landfill.
These events are FREE and open to everyone! First-come, first-served.
Looking for local repair businesses? Visit repair2reuse.org for a comprehensive list of options.
Meet Your Fixers!
Ken and Sheila Smith, Ken's Electronics
Ken and Sheila began their business almost 47 years ago. But Ken has been repairing electronics for almost 60 years. While he can do pretty much anything, he specializes in anything manufactured around 1970 or before. Not only can he repair these vintage electronics, he is also a collector! Walking into rooms in their home is like walking into a museum filled with vintage beauties, almost all of which are expertly repaired and restored, dating all the way back to the early 1900’s! Ken and Sheila are true gems in the Eugene-Springfield community. To learn more about Ken and Sheila, you can call them at 541-485-8676 or visit radioattic.com.
Karen Freeman, Imagine Custom Sewing
Karen wasn’t planning to start Imagine Custom Sewing ten years ago, but through community support, and her sewing skills, she was able to create a sewing and alteration business from her home. Karen loves sewing and altering formal wear and wedding gowns, but also loves making home decorating stuff like cushions. Although, she loves to create and mend a wide range of other things too! To learn more about Karen and her work in the community, you can visit her Facebook or call her at 541-731-1250.
Ken Check, Checkrite Electronics
Ken began his business, Checkrite Electronics for Seniors, after he retired from HP. After reading a copy of the Northwest Boomer and Senior News, he recognized that he could benefit seniors by helping them repair some common household items, usually for free or at a very low-cost.On the first Monday of every month, he does free repairs for seniors at the Petersen Barn Community Center, City of Eugene and the third Wednesday of every month he does repairs at the City of Eugene Campbell Community Center. Learn more about Ken by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling him at 541-653-8825.
Issac Johnson, Ding Ding Cycles
Issac started Ding Ding because he saw an opportunity to provide mechanical assistance for our community outside of traditional bike shops. Many of us ride bikes all day every day and either can’t make it to a shop during open hours or don’t want to wait when they all get busy. By bringing a mobile repair shop to public events around town, Issac is able to diagnose what’s happening on each bike and quickly remedy the issues. Want to get in touch with Issac or learn more? E-mail him at Dingdingcycles@gmail.com or visit dingdingcycles.com. Opens a New Window.
Bill Clark, Eugene Power Tool Repair
When Bill moved down to Eugene, he was working as an electrician and doing repair work out of his garage with the help of his wife, Lisa. The demand for Bill’s repair services kept increasing, so much so that he had the choice of being an electrician full-time or being self-employed in the tool repair business. Well, the rest is history. At Eugene Power Tools, Bill repairs construction equipment for businesses, but also things like lawn mowers and pressure washers for residents. You can learn more about Eugene Power Tools at 541-232-5081 or at https://www.eugenepowertool.com/ Opens a New Window.
Bryce Mayall, Lignicity
Bryce started his business, Lignicity, back in 2012. While he definitely can repair mostly anything, his real love is making and building things. Currently, he builds bed frames but can do so much more than that, including, but definitely not limited to, shelves, cribs, structures, and this beautifully crafted desk pictured here. He utilizes as much local and sustainable wood as possible, while creating unique pieces of furniture that are built to last. Learn more about Lignicity at his Instagram (@lignicity), at Lignicity.com Opens a New Window. or by contacting him at email@example.com.
Rick and Deborah, My Red Dog Art-Furbished Furniture
Rick and Deborah have been working with furniture for over ten years. They now work as a team to repair and restore furniture. With environmental sustainability as an important value in their work, they reinvent pieces of furniture to be unique and made to last. To the right, you can see Deborah with a chair she is beautifying using unique materials she found at local thrift stores. You can learn more about them at their by contacting them at firstname.lastname@example.org.