Steamboat Springs Caroline Bohlmann, special events director for the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, can't tell you exactly what will be available at the annual Ski & Sport Swap, but she knows there's bound to be more than a few good deals.
"This is a great community event," Bohlmann said. "For some people, it will be a great opportunity to clean out the closet, for others it will be a chance to save some money."
Nobody at the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club could say exactly when the Ski & Sport Swap started, but Bohlmann said the event has been a part of Steamboat's fall season for more than 20 years.
The initial purpose of the event was to provide affordable skiing equipment for young skiers in the club. It was also a chance for growing skiers to pass their slightly used gear on to the next wave of skiers.
But through time, the event has become one of the best places for the public to acquire slightly used and new gear before the snow starts falling. But these days the items available are not limited to skiing. Bohlmann said the Ski & Sport Swap is also a great place to find hockey, baseball, cycling and other sporting equipment.
"There's a little bit of everything at the sale," Bohlmann said. "It's not just about skiing."
With 16 vendors at the sale, Bohlmann said it would also be a great place to ask questions of trained professionals and get answers about merchandise.
Shoppers can pay $5 and have the first shot at this year's sale today during the Early Bird Sale. The doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and shoppers 18 and younger will be admitted free. The sale continues from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Residents who drop off consignment items can pick them up from 3 to 4 p.m.
Proceeds from the sale benefit the Winter Sports Club and its athletes. The club retains 30 percent commission on all sold consignment items.