Thursday, December 5, 2013

Pop-Up Repair Shop

image from Pop-Up Repair
I talk constantly about loving a good cobbler. I love being able to take my shoes to someone who can give life back to them. Cobblers allow me to love using my shoes for years longer, and for less money, than tossing and replacing them.

I know I am not alone in my love of a good cobbler, and maybe we love them because shoes that meet all of our requirements are often tough to find. Price, color, style, materials, heel height, workmanship and comfort all play into finding a pair to love, so maybe we're just more attached to our shoes, and therefore appreciate what a cobbler can do to fix them. (Kinda makes me think of this commercial, but for my shoes.)

But what about all the other things we spend so much time picking out? The perfect lamp at the right price? The expensive blender that no longer has a warranty? We seek out repairs for our iPhones, but more often than not, when something else breaks, we just replace it. Seems like a wasteful thing to do, doesn't it? But what other options do we usually have?

That's why I was so interested in a project that a couple of New Yorkers recently tried. Back in June of this year, Pop-Up Repair offered a month-long store in Inwood, where people could bring any broken item and Pop-Up Repair would do their very best to fix it at a cost that would be less than buying a new version.

Founders Mike and Sandra both have a background in theatre, and they've said that their experience with stage props made them more willing to tackle repairs on anything. I was told they're working on doing another month-long shop in June of 2014 -- possibly in Park Slope or Morningside Heights -- but in the meantime, they're doing a week-long pop-up shop in Inwood just in time for holiday repair needs.

Pop Up Repair will open for one week only, limited hours December 7 – 14.

Saturday, December 7th: 11am - 6pm
Tuesday, December 10th: 2pm - 6pm
Thursday, December 12th: 2pm - 6pm
Saturday, December 14th: 11am - 3pm (mainly for pick-ups.)

It's a great idea, isn't it? I'm going to look around and see if there's anything I've been holding on to but cannot fix on my own -- it would be great to take advantage of this repair option.

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