During 22 years of being a sports family, our closets have collected a lot of youth sports equipment. The longer your child plays sports, the more likely it becomes that you will face this problem, too.
Depending on the age of your children, they may outgrow their shoes and padding on a seasonal basis. I hate to admit that it took me way too long to clear out some of that equipment. Remember, your gently used equipment is someone’s bargain for the next season!
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Here are three options for putting that used sports equipment to good use:
1. Have a garage sale
While garage sales can be fun and make you feel good about getting rid of a bunch of stuff, they are a lot of work and will definitely not get you top dollar on your used sports equipment.
2. Sell online
This is the easiest option and will get you more money for your gear. If you’re looking to buy, it will also get you equipment that’s in decent condition for a greatly reduced rate. There are several ways to do this, of course: eBay, craigslist, Facebook groups and websites that specialize in selling used gear.
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3. Have a community swap
Have families from the neighborhood, school, or league come together and have a swapping party to trade equipment for free.
In most sports, kids are outgrowing their gear every season, not necessarily because of wear and tear, but because kids outgrow them so fast. Instead of letting the used equipment pile up in your garage or hall closet, help someone else by passing it on with one of these options.
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Playing sports, or parenting children who play sports, is a huge financial undertaking. But by cleaning up used equipment and handing it down to another player, you can help lighten the financial load for another family.