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Frequently Asked Questions:
What is Consignment?
Consignment is a mutually beneficial partnership between you and our store. You bring your used outdoor gear or clothing to Second Gear and we sell it on your behalf, splitting the profits with you. Our team of industry professionals will establish a fair selling price for your items, photograph them, market them, and then write you a check or credit your account with store credit once the item sells. If your items don't sell, consignors are welcome to pick them up within 150 days at no charge. Consignors receive 50% of what their items sell for in cash, or 60% in store credit.
Consignors receive 50% of an item’s selling price if receiving cash and 60% of an item’s selling price if receiving store credit.
Consignors can sell items for cash or store credit. Second Gear sends checks to consignors each month for any items sold for “cash” in the previous month. The store strives to mail all consignment checks by the 10th of the month. Consignors selling items for store credit are credited 48 hours after an item sells. Consignors may access their account balances online at this link, stop by the store, or call for your credit balance.
Pricing & Monthly Discounts:
Selling price is initially determined by Second Gear with input from the consignor. Typically we price items 30 to 50% below their retail value depending on their condition, although pricing may vary. On the first of the month the selling price of consigned items are discounted by the following amounts: 0% during the first month or portion thereof, 10% during the second month, 25% during the third month and 50% during the fourth month. Second Gear reserves the right to reduce prices further for sales or other promotions. Any consigned item on the sales floor for 150 days becomes property of Second Gear. It is the responsibility of the consignor to retrieve unsold merchandise before 150 days have expired, as consignors will not be notified as the expiration date nears.
Items for sale at Second Gear are the consignor’s until they sell or 150 days has expired. A consignor may also retrieve an item at any time. Second Gear may ask the consignor to retrieve any unsold items at any time. If the consignor fails to respond to Second Gear’s request to retrieve unsold items within 14 days, then the consigned items may be donated by Second Gear to the Haywood St Congregation or a local nonprofit organization. Second Gear allows returns on consigned items within a 48-hour period after purchase. Once an item has sold, it will enter a 48-hour “return period” to allow for returns. If the item is not returned, you will receive your portion of payment once the return period has ended. If the item is returned within 48 hours, it will appear back on your account and be available for sale once again. You can check on the status of your items any time at this link.
What we accept for consignment:
Second Gear sells outdoor adventure gear, apparel, footwear and accessories. We focus on the items you need to get outside and enjoy our local outdoor sports, such as biking, camping, climbing, paddling, and disc golf.
We do not sell items for team or “ball” sports, exercise equipment, or athletic and department store brands. For the purchase or sale of athletic equipment, please contact Play it Again Sports (828) 299-1221, located at 611 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC, 28805.
The brands we accept on consignment are the high quality outdoor brands you would find at any major outdoor retailer like REI or EMS – Patagonia, Arcteryx, The North Face, Outdoor Research, MSR, Prana, Black Diamond, Chaco, Keen and many, many others. Please browse our inventory for a better sense of what brands are good sellers.
Our store does not sell fishing and hunting clothing or equipment.
Second Gear also accepts items on a seasonal basis – we aren’t consigning puffy down jackets in July, and we don’t sell Chaco sandals in January.
We also cannot stow these items for our consignors to sell in later months, as we have very limited storage space. All items that are accepted on consignment must be clean (no dirt, no dog hair, no bad smells) and operational (bicycle tires hold air and brakes work, headlamps have batteries, camp stove will light, sleep pads hold air). All tents must be set up and stoves must be tested in the store. Sleeping pads will be tested overnight to ensure that they hold air. Items we do NOT accept:
Any weight bearing climbing equipment (carabiners, ropes, harnesses, etc), bike tires/wheels/components, vintage apparel and gear, air mattresses, ice axes, mountaineering boots and equipment, skis and ski equipment, crampons, full wet suits, electronic devices (watches, Fitbits, handheld GPS units)
HOLD List 5/17-5/23
We will release a weekly hold list every Monday that correlates with our current inventory. Please call us at 828-258-0757 with any questions as holds may change throughout the week.
-Camping accessories: Sleeping pads, trowels, cooking utensils, stoves, etc.
-Bikes: Accessories/Helmets/Bike Racks
-Kayaks: Accessories/Dry Tops/Paddles/Helmets
-Climbing shoes, helmets, chalk bags - we cannot legally take used weight bearing climbing gear such as harnesses/ropes/carabiners unless they have a new tag and are un-used
-Women's/Men's Cycling Clothing
-Men's Cotton or Khaki Shorts and Pants - We need lightweight trail pants
-Men's Boardshorts/Shorts All sizes
-Shoes (Quality Outdoor Shoes Only)
-Small Children's PFD's
-Travel/Luggage Bags, Messenger Bags, Purses
- Under 20 degree or car camping sleeping bags
We reserve the right to refuse any item for any reason.
Our consignment fee percentages are very competitive with other used item retailers. Second Gear’s percentage of the sale keeps the lights on and goes towards paying staff, the marketing, and the merchandising that helps to sell your gear.
As an established business, we have been gaining loyal customers since 2004. We make it easy for you to find a large audience for your items. Our customers 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. In short, we make it easy for you to find a large market for your items.
No. 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.
When you consign your outdoor gear with Second Gear, you turn over your items to us to sell on your behalf. As the consignor, you retain ownership of your items until we sell them. 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 which pieces we can sell, and establish the selling price. After the items have sold, we mail a check to you for your percentage of the sale, or credit your account towards in-store purchases.
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. Headlamps or other gadgets 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 Mammut, Mountain Hardwear, Patagonia, Keen, Columbia, Arcteryx, ExOfficio, Marmot, North Face, Outdoor Research, Sierra Designs, Smartwool, Chaco and a few other select lines.
We do not accept exercise equipment or athletic brands. For hard gear, we sell kayaks, canoes, bikes, backpacks, 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.
Nope. Just visit us during our store hours (Mon-Sat 10am-6pm Sun 10am-5pm). We do ask that you arrive at least 30 minutes before we close and be sure to leave enough time for our staff to look through your items. We recommend calling ahead to be sure we'll be able to accept your gear, especially if you haven't consigned with us before.
Typically we do not accept consignment through the mail. We encourage you to come visit us in Asheville and bring your gear with you! We can mail you a check once the items sell so that you don't have to come back to get paid. If you are a dealer representative for an outdoor company or have items that are in exceptional condition, we may make an exception and allow you to send your items to us through the mail. Please call us at 828-258-0757 if you are interested in this.