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Broken items given new lives at Boscobel Repair Café

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Cold Spring resident David Willson discusses his broken 18th-century item and why he doesn’t like throwing things away. Video by Dan Reiner/lohud
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GARRISON – There comes a time in every household when a cherished item either snaps, cracks or crashes to the floor.

On Saturday, Boscobel House and Gardens hosted its first-ever Repair Café, inviting patrons to bring in those broken items they still hoped could get a new life.

“It’s about using what you have,” said Boscobel curator Jennifer Carlquist. “Get it working, get it running together, keep it serviceable. It’s not always the most beautiful thing, but sometimes what you end up with is even more beautiful and means more to you because of the whole experience.”

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People handed their damaged goods off to handy volunteers — many of whom specialized in a certain craft, such as jewelry works, sewing or carpentry — to work on items free of charge.

Mary Fetherolf, a Beacon resident, brought a broken bookend and a desk lamp that wouldn’t turn on. She said she has an attachment to the item, and that it’s worth trying to get them fixed rather than throw them away.

“It’s just so easy to buy things cheap,” Fetherolf said. “I could replace this lamp for probably $35 or $40, but then it’s landfill and I don’t really like that.”

Many people had common household items to get repaired, such as lamps, clocks and dinnerware. There were no leg lamps, a la “A Christmas Story,” but some items were almost as peculiar.

Jonathan Berck, of Garrison, brought in a 1950s lamp with an animated hula girl at its base. The lamp’s motor was broken, so the figure’s hula skirt didn’t swivel properly.

Another patron had a 1930s window fan with a busted motor, while another had a 1960s dual fan with a similar problem.

David Willson, or Cold Spring, brought an 18th-century Japanese ink stand that he purchased at an antique shop in Paris decades ago. The bottom drawer of the stand had previously fallen out and shattered into pieces.

Willson said people need to have a mentality of buying quality products and looking after them, rather than replacing damaged objects.

“If people would just buy stuff and look after it, they could probably halve their carbon footprint instead of constantly getting new stuff,” Willson said.

Twitter: @reinerwire

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