Sporting equipment can be very expensive; particularly for niche activities! Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to save money on your gear; in this article, we’ll look at 8 of the best.
It may sound deceptively simple, but you might find exactly what you need from asking friends and family. Make a post on Facebook and share it not only with your existing network, but on local community pages, too. The equipment you need might be just around the corner!
Look out for special offers and clearances
Keep an eye on promotions and flash sales from sports retailers. They tend to be centred around international sporting events, national championship finals, and public holidays. These are the best times to grab a bargain on brand new gear!
Visit garage sales
Garage sales can be goldmines for second-hand sports equipment; much of it barely used! Check out the local press for adverts, and stop in if you see an ad-hoc sale going on. You’ll be able to negotiate a great price, and give a good home to an otherwise-neglected piece of gear. And if you can’t make it to a garage sale, check out Gumtree, Craigslist, and Facebook for amazing local deals in your area.
Check out specialist second-hand retailers
There are retailers that specialise in second-hand sports equipment, usually in niche sports where gear is generally expensive. Whether you need a used saddle, pre-loved surfboard, or a pair of skis with plenty of life left in them, you’re sure to secure a bargain.
There are super savings to be made from buying in bulk. Speak with your teammates – or other parents of your kids’ teams – to find out if they’re interested in buying equipment together.
Head to your local thrift store
You’ll be surprised at what people donate to the thrift store. Many have sections dedicated to sports clothing and equipment, so it’s worth taking your search there. Not only will you be able to get your gear at a reasonable price, but you’ll be helping a good cause.
Speak to the coach
The coordinator of your chosen sport might be able to find equipment at a reduced cost – or source it within the team. Some coaches have access to special discounts, or if it’s something that all participants need, they may be able to save money for the whole squad by purchasing in bulk.
Take good care of what you have
The best way to avoid having to buy new equipment is to look after what you already have. Make sure everything is cleaned straight after it’s used, and if items can be treated for longevity, make sure to do that regularly. Try to make repairs where you can, rather than throwing out equipment that still has life in it. And if a piece of equipment is outgrown? Hand it down to someone in the family, a friend, or a team-mate. Pay it forward!
There you have it! No need to break the bank to get a great deal on sports equipment!