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Silicon Valley entrepreneur starts 'Repair Cafe'

Original post made on Oct 12, 2012

A new Palo Alto nonprofit organization that aims to help non-tinkerers solve the minor mysteries of repairing broken small appliances and household items will open its doors on Sunday, Oct. 14.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, October 11, 2012, 4:38 PM


Posted by bru, a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:59 am

bru is a registered user.

What a great idea!

Posted by Janet, a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:15 am

Talk about deju vu all over again! In the 60s there was a place on Park Ave in Palo Alto, near where Frys now is, where you could take your recycling and things you didn't need but others might. There was also a place where you could share tools to fix your car or anything else. I think Stanford had a similar informal organization at that time.

Posted by Sherry, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:16 am

Brilliant! thank you.

Posted by MPCyclist, a resident of Menlo Park
on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:33 am

Great idea. A lot of things get tossed because it's impossible to find a replacement for that cheap, specialized $0.29 thingamajig that broke. If volunteers can develop a resource list or a list of places where one could go to make a replacement part, that would also be very helpful. I'll definitely check it out and possibly volunteer.

Posted by Nan, a resident of Barron Park
on Oct 12, 2012 at 10:45 am

Peter - such a good idea! Thanks for taking the initiative.

Posted by Paula Sandas, a resident of College Terrace
on Oct 12, 2012 at 11:42 am

Good on ya, Peter Skinner! Just say "yes" to the Repair Cafe!

Posted by Lisa van dusen, a resident of Community Center
on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

I have my "Ready to Repair" pile at the ready for Sunday!

Posted by KP, a resident of South of Midtown
on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Love it! I have a new flat screen TV with a broken antenna plug - just don't know how to fix it...YET!

Posted by Penny, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Oct 12, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Great idea!

Posted by CC, a resident of Stanford
on Oct 12, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Is this only for Palo Alto residents?

Posted by Yona, a resident of Meadow Park
on Oct 12, 2012 at 7:47 pm

How frequently will this take place. It's great, and I'd like to participate, but can't on Oct. 14.

Posted by Marvelous Marv, a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2012 at 9:43 am

Re: Repair Cafe: how does a very good fix-it guy volunteer?

This write-up doesn't say.

Posted by Bob, a resident of Crescent Park
on Oct 13, 2012 at 9:55 pm

We wil likely hold another Repair Cafe in January. The event is not restricted to Palo Alto residents.

Posted by Jan H., a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Oct 16, 2012 at 1:09 pm

Any chance these events will one day be held monthly, or even bi-monthly?