31 Jul Brand snobs? Maybe. Lovers of quality used gear? Absolutely.
We get asked often what we take on consignment and when. The answer is admittedly quite complicated. It depends on how much of something we have in stock, current demand and most importantly the WEATHER, almost so much that we often feel like farmers. Ebbs and flows of sales being determined by the precipitation in any given season. A steller Winter can and should mean great sales of river gear in the Spring and just as easily, a dry hot Summer means your wetsuit isn’t getting any looks anytime soon.
We keep these learned lessons in mind as we try to plan for future sales and consignment intake seasonal changes. Our general acceptance is as follows:
Mid September: Begin accepting Winter gear
Mid February: SLOW WAY down on accepting winter gear
Mid March: Bring on the Spring and Summer gear
Mid August: SLOW WAY down on accepting Spring/Summer gear
The beauty and curse of using solely a consignment model for our used gear is that it is a moving target and the only constant is change. We feel confident in learning from our past experience and continue to fine tune our consignment acceptance timing and standards by building off trends from years past.
Consignment standards come into play when assessing the quality of the gear, brand reputation and age. We want customers to know what to expect when they decide to come shopping here and therefore have narrowed down our selection over the years to just the types of gear and apparel we know can sell and that make sense in our shop. Therefore, we don’t take team sports gear such as lacrosse, football, soccer or hockey equipment. We tried golf equipment in the beginning with nearly no luck at turning a profit for our consignors and same with tennis.
When it comes to apparel, we try to be very specific in only accepting recognizable outdoor or active lifestyle brands. Target may make a darn cute rain jacket but we can’t resell it here. We want to be able to offer customers high quality apparel at a fraction of the price they would pay at a retail shop. If a Marmot precip jacket retails for $120 and we charge $50 for a lightly used one, mission accomplished. If we stock our shelves with a $35 jacket from Target and try to charge $15 bucks for it, we’re not really staying true to the mission. High quality, recognizable outdoor brands are our jam and it works great for customers and consignors when we follow that model.
Age and condition of a piece of used gear or apparel is crucial to acceptance and pricing as well. If we can look up a backpack online and find the current specs and retail price, we can certainly get more for the consignor for that piece of gear then a pack that was made twelve years ago, regardless of amount of miles it’s seen. The technology going into gear and apparel these days is ever changing and changing rapidly at that. Older, heavy, durable packs have their place and their purpose but we can’t charge much for them. That’s just one example of how the used gear market takes into account many variables. We can’t stress enough the importance of getting gear out of your shed and into someone else’s hands before it ages out of use and relevance!
Rest assured, when you come to consign or shop, we are taking into consideration our lessons learned and proven policies that we hope benefit everyone in the process. There is a method to this madness and we enjoy sharing a little glimpse into it through this blog!