Repair Spotlight: Josh Sims of Gear Fix

March 26, 2014

  Stepping into Gear Fix, formally known as Repeat Performance Sports, one might be fooled into thinking the outfit is just an outdoor consignment store. Not so. Bringing a six-year dream to fruition, in the past several months, owner Joshua Sims has overhauled the operation to fulfill a market need for gear repair, a viable […]

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Gearing up for the Repair Cafe: Alison Murphy of Utilitu

March 20, 2014

Sitting amongst towers of fabric Alison Murphy, owner of Utilitu commands a kind of seamstress royal prowess. When asked what “Rethink Waste” means to her, Murphy says craftsmen like her have no choice but to reuse. She proceeds to explain there can be a discrepancy in value of discarded goods and collecting those goods can […]

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6 Reasons I Still Have a Flip Phone

March 14, 2014

  Yes, I really do still have a flip phone. And yes I’m eligible for a smartphone upgrade – I have been for years. And truthfully, eventually I will. But for now I’m not falling prey to the culture of constant upgrades: of bigger or smaller, newer or better, colorful or cool.  I’m decidedly choosing […]

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Dare to Repair

September 30, 2013

Let’s change our relationship with our stuff. Too often we buy it cheap, toss it when it breaks, and quickly replace it with the next new thing. It’s not our fault really – we’ve grown up with planned obsolescence for most of the stuff we own. But it’s time for that to change. One way […]

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Use It Up, Wear It Out

January 8, 2013

  “Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” Growing up in Finland, one of the important life skills I learned was darning a woolen sock using a wooden ‘mushroom’ as a form, weaving wool thread criss-cross from side to side with a big needle.  With fiercely cold winters, woolen socks […]

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