Fix-It-Fair: City of Eugene organizes event to fix old household items

(SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. - Broken stuff was given a new lease on life Sunday and they did it free of charge.

More than a hundred people brought in items ranging from broken smartphones to old vacuum cleaners to get a free fixer-upper.

Organizers said the first annual Fix-It Fair was a total success at the Amazon Community Center.

A mixture of repairmen from local businesses and volunteers fixed hundreds of household goods for free and organizers said they had a 70% success rate.

The event was made possible by two grants the city received last winter.

"There's a sense of real happiness and empowerment when you fix something," Organizer Stephanie Scafa said. "Celebrating that is something we really want to emphasize."

Organizers are already looking for more volunteers for their next Fix-it Fair in September.

If you're interested in signing up, visit their website.

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