Alpine Shop’s 19th Annual Winter Swap is a combination of a consignment sale, our Winter Pre-Season Sale and our Spring and Summer Clearance, all wrapped up into one big event.
What started out nearly 20 years ago as an opportunity for our customers to outfit their entire family on a budget has turned into the Midwest’s Largest Outdoor Gear Exchange.
Have gear to sell? Looking for some great deals on every type of outdoor gear Alpine Shop sells? Find out more below!
Take part in Alpine Shop’s 19th Annual Winter Swap by bringing in gear and clothing from every season. Bikes, boats, backpacking and camping gear along with skis, snowboards and summer and winter clothes. Bring it all in!*
How to Sell Your Used Gear:
Check in runs Monday, October 15, 2012 through Friday, October 19.
IMPORTANT!! Your first ten (10) items are free to enter into the Swap. After the 10th item, each additional item is $1, payable at check-in.
Starting at 10 am on Monday, Oct. 15, the Kirkwood & Columbia Alpine Shop locations will begin accepting customers’ used items to sell. Check-in continues daily through regular store hours and ends promptly at 5 pm on Friday, Oct. 19, 2012. Gear and clothing may be from any season. For a complete list of acceptable items as well as items we will not allow in the Swap, please click here.
PLEASE NOTE! Please help us reduce check-in times for everyone! Before you come to Alpine Shop with your gear to sell, please download and print the two pages of this form, fill them out as best as you can and bring them with you. Thank You!
*What Can I Sell?
You can sell gear from any season of the year, provided it is representative of our business. This primarily focuses on skis & snowboards, bikes, boats, camp, backpack and other similarly-related gear. All gear will be safety checked before it is allowed in the Swap and Alpine Shop reserves the right to refuse any items for any reason we see fit. We also accept clothing for men, women and children. (Please note, we only accept outerwear as clothing. We do not accept underwear, nor any socks, gloves or similar items. Please see link below for detailed list.)
Who sells their goodies at this event?
Along with Alpine Shop, any individual who wants to sell their new or gently used items can participate. If you are a business or dealer who would like to participate, please contact Karen Modesto at kmodesto (at) alpineshop.com.
How do I sell my stuff?
First: download and print this two-page form. Fill it out as best you can before you come to Alpine Shop Kirkwood or Columbia.
Second: Bring the items you’re looking to sell (provided it meets our guidelines here) and your completed paperwork to Alpine Shop Kirkwood or Columbia between Monday, Oct. 15 at 10 am and Friday, Oct. 19 at 5 pm. Complete any remaining information on the contract. Then, you simply sit back and wait for your product to sell. If we sell it, you receive either the entire sale price in Alpine Shop store credit or the sales price–less 25%–in a check.
Does my equipment need to meet any sort of standard?
Yes, it does. All gear must be in good working and condition and is subject to a safety check. All clothing must be clean and in good shape. (Sorry, there are some items we will not accept.) Alpine Shop reserves the right to refuse any item for any reason. See list of acceptable items here.
I don’t have the slightest idea what my gear is worth. Can you help me?
The final price you offer is completely up to you, but we are happy to let you know what similar items have sold for in past Swaps. In general, please remember this is a Swap event. This is neither the time nor the place to try to get every last penny you can for your gear. We typically see the most sales occur on items priced around or below 50% off general retail prices.
Sweet! I sold a bunch of stuff! When do I get paid?
We begin writing checks and issuing credits at 10 am on Monday, Oct. 22. Please do not request payment before then.
You have until close of business on Wednesday, Oct. 24 to claim your payment (and any unsold items) in the store. Any unclaimed payments after Wed., Oct. 24, will be mailed in the form of either store-credit or check (depending on which you indicate at registration) to the address you provided us during check-in. You can expect to receive payment in the mail by Friday, November 9. If you need your payment before then, please come into the store by 9 pm on Wed., Oct. 24.
Drat! Some of my stuff didn’t sell. What do I do?
You need to pick up any items that fail to sell by 9 pm on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Items not picked up by that time will be donated to a charity of our choosing with no compensation given to you. Really. We’re not kidding. Please don’t come in on Thursday morning and ask where your stuff is. It will be in a van on it’s way to be donated. We don’t know how else to get this through to everybody.
If you would like to automatically donate your items that do not sell, it’s as easy as checking a box when you register.
Good prices are nice; but I’m really looking for the newest and best!
Lucky for you, we’ve got plenty to offer you on that front as well! Alpine Shop will have new gear sales going on throughout every department in our stores from Friday, Oct. 19 through Sunday, Oct. 28. Even more, we’ll have Daily Specials as well all week following the Swap. Find out more about these sales here.