February’s Repair Cafe and Clothing Swap was another big success!
A first timer and her cute puppy showed up after a passing invitation I had given at yoga class. She was amazed. As she was leaving, I asked her what she liked about her visit. She said she had a necklace repaired, silver bracelets polished, she donated some clothes, then she noticed the hair trims going on so had her bangs trimmed. Before she left she offered to come and share her talents as a makeup artist at a future event. I noticed that her little puppy was attentively carrying around a small stuffed toy from the Really Really Free Market. As she was leaving, Wafic called out teasingly, “Did he pay for that!?” she hollered back emphatically, “No!”. I gave her a thumbs up! She got the concept that for three hours a month we formally step into a parallel economy of gifting and sharing.
Another regular attendee stopped me and said she was taking a Permaculture course. She had just had a moment of astonishment and told me "This is pure Permaculture!" Yep. Does this list ring of Permaculture to you?
Why Repair Cafe? Top Ten Reasons:
- Keeps things out of the landfill
- Decreases consumerism
- Conserves natural resources
- Promotes local networking
- Operates in an alternate economy: Time Banking, sharing, gifting
- Gives a feeling of abundance
- Shares skills and knowledge
- The happiness of altruism
- Gateway to community building
— Therese Brummel