Edinburgh - ready, set, repair!

Posted by Neil Harrison on 20th May 2016

New repair centre opening on Leith Walk, Edinburgh

Ever tried to defrag your computer or to save a leather bag that has taken the distressed look to a whole new extreme? If like a lot of us you didn’t get too far with your repair skills (YouTube can only get you so far), The Edinburgh Remakery may be the solution you’re looking for.

They take a DIY approach to repair, so you don’t just drop your stuff off – they’ll teach you how to repair it yourself. Getting your stuff fixed and getting the skills to fix it next time: sounds great to us.

The store, at 125 Leith Walk (a former Santander bank branch) opens on Saturday 21st May from 12-5pm. On the day you can try your hand at free taster repair sessions including leatherwork, upholstery and computer repair. They’ve also got second-hand and upcycled furniture for sell and you can check out their workshop spaces.

When the store opens, you’ll be able to:

  • Bring in your own items – whether textiles, computers, mobile phones and furniture, and unlike traditional repair centres, learn how to fix them themselves
  • Buy refurbished computers
  • Book 1-1s with a dedicated computer repair specialist who will help customers repair IT instead of ditching it

It’s all part of a Zero Waste Scotland and Scottish Government initiative, to help more people get into re-use and repair.

Interested? Pop along and see what it is all about or check out The Edinburgh Remakery ‘s Facebook page, Twitter @EdinRemakery or visit

Picture: Iain Gulland of Zero Waste Scotland picks up some tips from leatherwork tutor Helen at The Remakery

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