Hi. We’re Debi and Krystal, new-ish strategists here at Sylvain Labs. What follows is our first experiment in examining our relationship with stuff, and a challenge to ourselves to buy less and buy better. (George Carlin says it best)
There were a few things that prompted us to start this adventure--we’re big fans of Sugru’s “The Fixer Manifesto” and we wanted to put those great thoughts into action. Then we were pretty disheartened by the hyper-indulgent holiday shopping story that #TeamCoco aired, ‘A Christmas Present Or Two or Ten.' Just, no. Nerp. And also, nu-ugh. But it prompted us to take an honest look at our lives, the way we live and the way we buy. We realized that we can definitely do better. So, Less Talk and more “Let’s do!”
We began by systematically paring down our closets and apartments. But even after our Aspirational-Zen-Minimalist-Phase had passed, there were still random odd things that we didn’t know what to do with, and couldn’t quite bear to get rid of--so burmpa-burmpa--the idea for Fix-It Fest was born!
Fix-It Fest: Where we take old, unwanted, forgotten things and give them new life.
There are three rules of Fix-It Fest:
BUY NOTHING NEW; USE ONLY EXISTING TOOLS / TRINKETS / DOO-DADS.
IF YOU CAN’T REPAIR IT, REIMAGINE IT.
USE WHAT YOU MAKE.
We hope Fix-It Fest becomes an ongoing and open-source experiment--where any group of friends can band together with all their random tools / knick knacks / beloved-but-broken-items and brainstorm ways to give those things a new look & use. It’s super fun. Most importantly, it’s a simple and easy way to keep our stuff from ending in a landfill.
GET ‘YO FIX ON!!!
#001 busted landline x always lost iPhone charger = iPhone PhoneHome
#002 messy hardware drawer x packing styrofoam = Artware
#003 busted umbrella x never a tote when you need one = Totella
#004 fugly projector x tacky vintage suitcase = Suitcase Cinema