Repair Kopitiam
Mr Yusri Sapari, with some of the items people bring to the Repair Kopitiam event: toasters, irons and toys.

What do you do when a toy breaks? Many would just throw it away. A group led by 27-year-old Yusri Sapari, wants to change that mind set.

Repair Kopitiam is a free monthly event at Jurong and Tampines where the public can learn to fix broken items, be it household appliances, clothes, furniture or toys.

Mr Yusri told The New Paper: "Over the past 20 years, we have become a society that wants things more quickly. We don't have enough 'time' to repair our own things."

As he explained, repairing broken items not only saves money and the environment, it also gives you a sense of attachment to the item. "(After repairing) you're not just a consumer. You're the owner of the item," he said.

One of the more common items that Mr Yusri shows his "students" to fix are standing fans.

For Mr Yusri, learning to repair his own things started when he was just a child. "One of my first toys was my dad's toolbox," he said.

Repair Kopitiam is held every last Sunday of the month from 9am to 3pm. For details go to

This article was first published in The New Paper.