WasteWise Lane County, Toolbox Project organize Springfield's first fix-it fair

WasteWise Lane County, Toolbox Project organize Springfield's first fix-it fair
Posted on 05/09/2023

WasteWise Lane County—part of the Lane County Waste Management Division—and nonprofit Toolbox Project are excited to announce the first fix-it fair in Springfield.


The free public event, hosted at The Academy of Arts and Academics (615 Main Street, Springfield) during the Downtown Springfield Second Friday Art Walk on May 12, runs from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.


Fix-it fairs promote reuse and repair by offering participants opportunities to have household items repaired by volunteer fixers. Participants can watch and learn repair skills, discover local repair resources, and extend the life of household items—keeping more stuff out of the trash and saving money.


The Springfield event will focus primarily on clothing, textile, and bike repairs. 


This year, Lane County is funding Toolbox Project to introduce the fairs to three cities outside of Eugene for the first time: Springfield, Cottage Grove (July 22), and Florence (September 23).


“These fairs have been very popular in Eugene for several years, so we are excited to help the concept branch out to more rural areas,” said Waste Reduction Outreach Coordinator Daniel Hiestand. “The Toolbox Project has done a wonderful job organizing these fairs over the past several years, so we’re thrilled to coordinate with them on these new events. We’re also grateful to Lane Council of Governments for its financial support; the staff and students at The Academy of Arts and Academics for hosting and participating in the fair; and the many event volunteers and fixers who make this possible—including local nonprofit Shift Community Cycles.”


Repairs take an average of 30 minutes, and attendees can only bring items that can be reasonably carried in. Learn more at fixitlanecounty.com/calendar.


About WasteWise Lane County

WasteWise Lane County offers education, tools, and resources that residents, schools, and businesses can use to reduce waste, conserve resources and live more sustainably. Learn more about repair resources at fixitlanecounty.com.


About Toolbox Project

The ToolBox Project serves Lane County by providing members with low-cost access to building repair and garden tools to transform their homes, businesses, and neighborhoods. Learn more at www.eugenetoolboxproject.org.