MOUNT VERNON — A Danville man is looking for persons with broken appliances, and those who like to fix them.

Mark Tillack addressed the Mount Vernon Rotary Club on Aug. 21 about starting up repair cafe events, a quarterly happening where appliances are repaired and a love of tinkering can be explored.

Tillack, who runs a handyman business, said there is an earth-friendly value to repair cafes in that appliances get fixed, rather than end up in a landfill.

Repair cafes were pioneered in Amsterdam and are now worldwide. Materials for setting up a repair cafe event are available free online.

Tillack said a typical repair cafe goes for several hours. Tables are set up for different kinds of appliances, such electrical or electronic. The owner of the appliance can work at the table with someone who knows how to repair similar items. Kids can bring in broken toys to fix.

Businesses are welcome. Though they can’t charge to repair an item at the repair cafe, they can give out their business card, Tillack said.

Tillack attended a repair cafe in Yellow Springs. Tillack said he came away with an impression that people who believed they have no technical skills learn repairing an item can often be relatively easy.

“Repairing things puts people off, when it can be very simple,” Tillack said. “It’s that introduction to it that adults and kids can pick up and use from then on.”

There is also the social value of people coming together, Tillack said. Most repair cafe events are catered, and anyone can come. There are no fees and the events are free.

Tillack said he is looking into at least two locations interested in hosting an event in Mount Vernon. Interested individuals can also help by bringing in tools used in appliance repair, to be shared at the event.

Anyone interested in helping establish a repair cafe event, or wishes to attend one, should contact Tillack at 330-377-4387 or e-mail


Nick Sabo: 740-397-5333 or and on Twitter, @mountvernonnews




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