Repair Café is back!

When: Sunday, Apr 21st from 10am-1pm

Where: Milano Center - 201 W Foster St Melrose, MA 02176

What is a Repair Cafe? A Repair Cafe is a free community event focused on repairing things (together). Folks can bring broken household items like lamps, small kitchen appliances, small furniture, stuffed animals, and more! Volunteers are on hand to assess broken items, and they may perform a fix, or help make a plan for how and where to get items fixed.

How can I get involved?

To volunteer, either as a repair expert or as a general event helper, please fill out this Volunteer Registration Form.

If you have a broken item, let us know about it! We'd love to get a sense of what folks are bringing to make sure we have the right volunteer coverage. Fill out the broken item survey here.

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What can I bring?

Anything you can carry!

We will have volunteers present who specialize in: sewing, darning, household electronics, and laptop/phone triage by SDM Foundation

Please do NOT bring: things that are too large or heavy to move into the VFW with one person, or broken hearts (just kidding, we can probably fix those too)

Volunteers are donating their time and expertise. Expect to pay for any new parts if a fix requires it, and it's common to be referred to a paid service if the fix is beyond the scope of this event. Tipping volunteers is welcomed as well!

Is it really free?

Repair Café FAQs

Can I leave a broken item with you?

Anything brought into the event must be taken home by its owner, no matter its condition.

What happens when I get there?

When you enter the VFW (from the Main St door please), you will be directed to a table to check in with your item(s) and sign a liability waiver. Then you will be directed to the appropriate repair table.

If you have more than one item, we ask that you fix one at a time, and then rejoin the queue with your next item

Location Details

VFW Post 1506 - 428 Main St. Melrose, MA 02176
Please enter through the front, on the Main St. side of the building

There are two municipal lots - one behind the VFW, and one across the street behind Santa Fe Burrito

There are also ad-hoc street parking available on Main St.

Parking will be limited, so a few volunteers will be stationed at municipal lots to help direct folks and carry items to the event.

Stay tuned for news about our next Repair Café!

Our first successful event repaired over FIFTY items, and saved over 250lbs of potential trash from the waste stream. Subscribe below to get notified about our next event!

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What else is happening in Melrose?

The Melrose Farmer's Market is back! Every Thursday from June-Oct, 1pm-6pm. Frequent table appearances by The Food Drive, Zero Waste Melrose, The Loop, and many more.