I am thinking of starting an Outdoor Gear(ie. Camping, Ski, Snowshoe, etc.)/Sporting Goods (ie Hockey, Lacrosse, Football, etc.) consignment out here in the 'burbs of Denver, CO. I got the idea trying to find a good used bike for less than $1000 after I decided I was going to do my first triathlon. It was hard to find and none of the "Play it again Sports" out here had anything for the true outdoorsmen/adventurer. They mostly have baseballs, hockey gear for kids, some skis/snowboards, and a few beat up golf clubs. What about tents, sleeping bags, decent bikes, kayaks, or any of the other stuff people in COlorado love to do? I know people have this stuff laying around their basement and maybe they don't use it anymore or they want to upgrade. But why not earn some cash in the process? Thats where I would step in. I've been told by a number of people that the only way this could succeed is by offering a good supply of new gear and outdoor clothing in addition to the used/consigned items. Anyone have any experience or thoughts on this concept? Eric
#2. "RE: Consignment Idea" In response to Reply # 1
Thanks for the advice. I do know about PIAS. However, I have heard they don't pay much for the gear people bring in. The other thing about the ones out here in Denver are that they are mostly kids hockey, baseball, lacrossse, and some ski/snowboards. There isn't much in the way of truly outdoor gear like tents, backpacks, snowshoes, etc. The stores are always dingy and unwelcoming as well. Maybe I feel I can do it better, even without a proven system in place. I really appreciate the feedback!!! Eric Graham
#3. "RE: Consignment Idea" In response to Reply # 2
I love your idea. I live in New York and my son has decided he wants to learn to ski this winter. I refuse to purchase brand new gear for something he may end up hating. We have been through enough instruments for me to know better.lol.
Anyway, I would say that you should conduct some market research and if that goes over well, you may be onto something. I mean with the economy the way it is, I'm sure there will be more interest in slighly or gently used merchandise than ever before.
#4. "RE: Consignment Idea" In response to Reply # 2
I think the stores being dingy and unwelcoming is a nature of the individual stores. I have only been in the one near here and it's no dingier or darker than any other store.
I like the idea of offering the tents, backpacks, snowshoes, etc. Perhaps offering rentals instead of just consignment will help the unproven concept work? You share the rental price with the owner of the equipment??
I'm not sure how that would work, but I have camping equipment in my shed that for the last three years has only been used rarely. renting it out would help me pay for any repairs etc. that it might need.
#5. "RE: Consignment Idea" In response to Reply # 4
I have considered this, but people want to rent out newer gear to try out. A lot of people out here rent outdoor gear too. I really appreciate the comments. How is your Pepper Sauce business coming along?? Eric
#8. "RE: Consignment Idea" In response to Reply # 0
Hmmm, sounds terrific! My partner and I started an upscale Home Decor Consignment Store last May and it's really doing well! We ONLY carry Home Decor stuff...no pots-n-pans or clothing! With the economic situation as it is, more folks want to consign than buy, but we are in an area that has mostly clothing Thrift stores, so we don't have much competition.
Now, with the tightening of money, it may be that folks will "cut out" their extra sporting events...but, again there are always folks that HAVE to have a hobby! And, have the money!
I say GO FOR IT! Honestly, I don't know how clothing consignment or thrift stores make their "nut" each month! They would have to sell a TON of $2.00 pieces! That's why the sporting goods store would be better...higher ticket items means higher pay outs!
We also have a lot of "downtime" in the store, so we became Distributors for SendOutCards...have you heard of it? You may want to check it out! Our web site is www.sendoutcards.com/brenscards. You can send out a FREE, REAL greeting card on your computer...on us!
And, once you get your store up & running, you would also have customers that may be interested in SendOutCards! My hope is to sell my Consignment Store next year and just continue with SendOutCards! I've had a long history of "selling", and being "stuck" inside 6 days a week is tough for me!
I don't know where you live, but if you live anywhere near water...Kayaks, inner tubes, and big floaty things are hard to find at a reasonable price.
So, do you due diligence and start working on that plan...I think it's a good one!
Best of luck to you! And, please let me know what you think of SendOutCards!