Sports Gear Buying Tips
If you have recently realized that buying sports gear is a costly affair, there are some ways for you to save money. If you follow these six tips, you will save on money:
Buy From Consignment Stores
You do not need to buy everything brand new. You can save some money by purchasing slightly used items at a consignment store or secondhand store that specializes in sporting goods. Some stores give discounts of between twenty and sixty percent. You can consign or trade your outgrown and unwanted gear to make money for buying new ones.
Ask Older Team Members or Parents
Another great savings tactic is to ask parents to give you their old sports gear instead of spending money on new clothes. Ask parents with older children whether their kids have outgrown their uniforms. If so, are they are willing to sell them to you at a steep discount? You will both be gaining from this deal: the seller will free up his/her closet and you will acquire sports gear at a cheap price.
In some leagues, there are seasonal swaps of equipment and uniforms, which allow everyone to have fitting gear. If your league does not practice this, you should consider introducing it to save on money.
Look on Amazon or eBay
Online retailers are the best source of new and used sports equipment. At online stores, you will find more selections and be able to compare prices easily as well as review customer ratings. However, if you are looking for customizable warm up jackets, you should check physical stores.
Facebook users can join yard sale groups that exist in their cities or regions. At these groups, you will find used sporting gear at a relatively cheap price. If you conduct a quick Facebook search, you will find an equipment exchange group in your area. Ask to join this group and you will never want for sport equipment again.
Check Freecycle and Craigslist
Just as you would look for furniture on sites such as Craigslist, you should also check under the ‘wanted’ or ‘for sale’ section for sporting gear. You will find a wide variety of sporting attire for sale at a steep discount. Make sure that you join a Freecycle Yahoo group in your local community to see all the listings of free things. You should keep your eyes peeled for any sporting gear that is being given away.
End-of-Season and Clearance Sales
Be sure to purchase at the clearance section in your favorite sporting goods store. Moreover, you should ask about end-of-season sales. For instance, when the baseball season ends, the retailers usually try to clear out their existing baseball products so that they can create space for in-season products.
You should plan and try to buy items for next season at the ending of the current season – when the discounts are very high.
Make Your Own Uniforms
This idea is great for younger teams that are still trying to come up with a uniform. Instead of buying expensive clothes from a retailer, you should make them for your child. All you require is a basic t-shirt and some numbers that can be ironed on.
If you want to get a bit more creative and have some bonding time with your young ones, you should consider tie and dyeing the t-shirts with them. Make sure that they contribute to this activity.
Buy in Bulk with Other Parents
In some cases, buying in bulk is cheaper for small things like hockey stick tapes. Instead of buying the equipment separately, the parents should buy in bulk.