Selling Gear

Many people are unfamiliar with selling merchandise at outdoor gear consignment stores, so here’s a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding our policies.

What items do you sell in your store?

We sell used, in-season outdoor mountain sports apparel and gear. We ask that items be clean and functional – Apparel must be clean and free of pet hair, stains, tears, rips and smells; Electronics must have batteries so they can be tested; Bikes must have tires that hold air, working gears and brakes so that they can be taken for test rides.  We sell recognized “outdoor gear brands”, such as Royal Robbins, Mammut, Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia, Keen, Columbia, Arcteryx, ExOfficio, Marmot, North Face, Outdoor Research, Sierra Designs, Smartwool, and a few other select lines.  We do not take exercise equipment or athletic brands.  For hard gear, we sell kayaks, canoes, bikes, climbing shoes, tents, sleeping bags, and other camping gear that still has some good life left in it.  Feel free to browse our inventory for a better idea of what sorts of items we accept and sell.

What is consignment and how does it work?

When you are selling your items with Second Gear for the first time, we will set up an account for you.  We examine your merchandise, determine pieces we will take and establish the selling price.  After the items have sold, we mail you a check for your percentage of the sale, or credit your account towards in store purchases.

Do you ever offer cash for items on the spot?

No.  Our bookkeeping systems are set up for consignment only.  If you are looking for same day money for your items, you are better off at a pawn shop or another establishment.  Selling your gear on consignment will take longer than an upfront sale, but you’ll usually receive more money for your items by consigning them instead of selling for cash on the spot.

If your store takes a percentage, why should I sell my quality used gear through you rather than selling on my own through Craigslist or other methods?

Our consignment percentages are very competitive with other used item retailers.  Our percentage of the sale keeps the lights on and goes towards paying the marketing, merchandising and staff that help to sell your gear.  As an established business, we have been gaining loyal customers since 2004 who will be browsing your gear, saving you the time and hassle of trying to negotiate a deal yourself.  Many of our regular consignors are sellers who have become frustrated with the time-consuming back and forth of online sales.

How do you come up with the prices on items in the store?

Our staff is qualified to determine the prices based on current needs. Since we are working on a percentage model, it is in our interest and the consignor’s interest to get a good price for your gear.  Based on the original retail price, condition of the item, current demand, and stock on hand, we work with the consignor to come up with a fair price for all involved.  Then, if the item doesn’t sell at the initial price discounts are applied monthly.  Motivated sellers may request that their merchandise be “priced to move,” selling at a lower price point, but increasing the chance that a consignment check will be sent to them more quickly.