TODAY | August 24, 2013
>>> if you have ever broken something in your house and thought you had to throw it out or pay someone else big bucks to fix it, think again. there's a third option that involves your own two hands and help from a few people. kevin tibbles has more on an idea that sparked a movement.
>> reporter: when it comes to fixing things, it seems we are not that handy anymore. that's why a new grass roots movement is catching on at places like the kitchen sink cafe.
>> if this can be fixed --
>> reporter: a once a month pilgrimage. broken toasters and bikes to chairs and children's toys are all given a new lease on life by volunteer mr. and mrs. fix its. many things are very easy to fix. open it up and see how it works and what isn't working.
>> reporter: they call themselves community glue, inspired by similar gatherings around the country.
>> my parents used everything, had it repaired and reused it. we didn't throw away anything.
>> marie and their 8-year-old son come bearing his broken robot.
>> i get disturbed when i think about plastic things going into the landfills.
>> reporter: our desire, we don't fix things, we junk them. every second in america, four mobile devices are tossed. that's more than 150 million every year. wow.
>> this man is making good money off consumers bad habits. people toss it.
>> almost new, they don't care.
>> reporter: ava electronics recycling collects waste a month repairing and reselling it or stripping it and melting it down.
>> physical gold inside of here.
>> reporter: one man's trash is another man's or boy's treasure. a new part for his robot is fashioned on a 3-d printer and a patch is sewed to fix where one eye is missing.
>> everybody comes here and they are like it's a small miracle has been performs.
>> reporter: once in awhile, everything old can be new again. for "today," kevin tibbles, nbc news.