Ski and Sport Swap set for next weekend in Steamboat |

Ski and Sport Swap set for next weekend in Steamboat

— Rick DeVos said the excitement nearly is palpable every autumn when the doors are opened to the Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club's annual Ski and Sport Swap.

The event is a consignment sale of sorts, with all of Steamboat Springs digging through their winter gear, deciding what they don't need and turning it over for what amounts to a community garage sale.

"Everyone is picking through everything. You can just see the gleam in their eyes," said DeVos, the club's director. "It's a fun, high-energy event."

And it's a great place for anyone looking to make a bit of cash by unloading that old equipment or someone looking to score a sweet deal on last year's technology.

The sale at Steamboat Springs Middle School begins Friday with a special early-bird option starting at 7 p.m. and costing $5 for all shoppers older than 18. It kicks into high gear from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 10 and is free for everyone.

People hoping to sell their goods can pick up tags from the Winter Sports Club office at Olympian Hall at Howelsen Hill until 5 p.m. Thursday, and they can drop off goods to be sold on consignment — the club will keep 35 percent — from noon to 6:30 p.m. Friday at the middle school.

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DeVos said shoppers should stay open minded when considering what they might find.

"There's everything in the winter sports category, and it's not just ski gear," he said. "There is clothing, duffel bags, ice skates, Rollerblades, camping gear and pretty much a little bit of everything."

There will be all that used gear, plus vendors offering new equipment.

DeVos said that after the expenses, the event serves as only a small fundraiser for the club. Far more than that, it's one of the most popular fall events in Steamboat Springs.

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