Repair Cafe is conceived as a project whose primary purpose is to build local community resilience. I was particularly thrilled to see a young man sitting with a seamstress who was teaching him to darn a sock. I saw a young woman learning to program something on her iPad, and I saw a woman having a heartfelt conversation while her earrings were being polished. This kind of sharing and connecting holds immeasurable value.
But the most wonderful fallout I experienced from this Repair Cafe came a couple days later. At the Arroyo Food Co-op, I ran into a seamstress who had done clothing repairs at recent events. Curiously, she was in the process of putting a box of plates, kitchen tools and clothing into a case in the store. When I inquired what she was doing, she said she was seeding the new “Free Stuff case inspired by the Really, Really Free Market at Repair Cafe. She said this was all about the ripple effect and feeling a sense of abundance which she wanted to nurture within herself. She may not know the ripples of her actions. I trust one day she will.
– Therese Brummel