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Volunteers fix bikes, electronics, clothes at the Repair Cafe Five Cities

Posted at 8:19 PM, Jan 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-13 01:17:43-05

If you're thinking of throwing out that broken bike that's been sitting in your garage for years... don't. Someone in the Five Cities knows how to fix it for free.

The Five Cities Repair Café returned Sunday afternoon to help fix electronics, clothes and knick-knacks at the Grover Beach Community Center.

The event is gaining popularity and had to expand to accommodate more people in search of fixing broken household items.

Nearly 50 volunteer seamstresses, mechanics and technicians came out to help local community members repair their belongings and teach them how to fix them themselves.

"It's a learning experience," said Linda Busek, organizer of the Five Cities Repair Cafe. "Hopefully people will go away with a new confidence that it's something they can tackle next time."

The Integrated Waste Management Authority also had a booth at the event sharing information about recycling options in San Luis Obispo County.

Organizers hope people learn to fix and reuse items before throwing them out.

"We're hoping people will try to find ways to repair things and not toss them any longer," Busek said.

The event featured musicians, a balloon man, puzzles and games.

The next Repair Cafe will be held April 26th from 1-5 p.m. at the Grover Beach Community Center located at 1230 Trouville Ave.