The Dare to Repair Cafe is a community event where individuals can bring broken items (lamps, small electronics, vacuums, toys, etc.) to the repair cafe and have volunteer “fixers” try to repair the item alongside them for free!

We’re reducing waste by connecting those with a need to those with the know-how. By saving people money, diverting usable items from landfills, and teaching basic repair skills, Dare to Repair is helping to build the circular economy.

Since 2017, the Tool Library and its partners in repair have hosted 13 repair cafes, which successfully fixed 319 items and diverted 2,579 lbs. of trash from the landfill.

Dare to Repair is best when shared :) Pass our flyer onto someone you know & love!
Dare to Repair is best when shared 🙂 Pass our flyer onto someone you know & love!

Join us at one of our upcoming Dare to Repair Cafes!

    • Saturday, October 19th 9am-Noon: Bennett Community School Campus
    • Saturday, November 16th 10am-1pm: Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy
    • Saturday, December 14th 9am-Noon: Southside Elementary School

Please note repairs are not guaranteed and all participants will be required to sign a waiver. Replacement parts are limited, so bring ‘em if ya got ‘em!


Small Appliances





Good with your hands? Want to help us fix something else? 

Check Out Dare to Share!

Dare to Share is a new initiative presented by DIY BFLO that expands the fight against consumption by holding pop-up swap shops. Visit DIY BLFO on Facebook to get the latest updates on events.

The events facilitate the sharing and redistribution of art supplies and creative materials among community members, transforming unused clutter or potential waste into a valued resource with creative potential.

Do you have a stash of art supplies leftover from a college class? Extra paper and stamps from your latest scrapbooking project? Are you just not as into a certain hobby as you used to be? Is your collection of vintage keys not inspiring to you anymore?

We Dare you to Share. Reduce your clutter and keep useful materials out of the landfill by sharing them with someone who needs them. Artists, students, educators, parents, hobbyists, up-cyclers, makers and DIY-ers will enjoy this opportunity to access useful and unique materials, share with their neighbors and meet other members of Buffalo’s creative community.



Become a Fixer

Add your name,
contact information, and expertise to our list of volunteer fixers

Make a Donation

Donate materials,
refreshments, or funds to help make our Dare to Repair Cafes a success

Spread the Word

Hang up a flyer at your local coffee shop, tell a friend or family member, or share our events on social media