SUNNYSIDE — A traveling repair service that got its start in Inwood is coming to Queens for the first time, collecting people's broken furniture, jewelry and other items for fixing at the Sunnyside Greenmarket next month.
Pop Up Repair was started by theater producers Sandra Goldmark and Michael Banta in 2013, as a way for the pair to use their "backstage skills to create an alternative to use-and-discard consumption," Goldmark said.
"We find that people are increasingly frustrated with our wasteful habits of consumption, and our unhealthy relationship with stuff," she said in an email. "This project is a way to offer an alternative, and to spark a larger conversation about consumption, stewardship, and change."
After running temporary shops in upper Manhattan and Brooklyn, Pop Up Repair started popping up at neighborhood greenmarkets. This will be its first foray into Queens, Goldmark said, adding that their market manager told them Sunnyside is "just right" for their services.
"For our project to work, what we need is a neighborhood, a community where real people live and where they come back week after week," she said.
Pop Up Repair will be at the Sunnyside Greenmarket at Skillman Avenue and 42nd Street from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for four Saturdays in June. People will be able to drop off items for repair on June 6th or 13th, and pick them up on the 13th or 20th.
The service fixes such things as appliances, jewelry, furniture, toys, clothes and tools, according to its website. Customers will be given an estimate for the cost of repairing an item when they bring it in, and a $10 deposit is required.
For more information, visit Pop Up Repair's website.