Turn Your Old Gear Into Sold Gear at the Swap!
Alpine Shop’s 25th Annual Spring Swap is a combination of a consignment sale, our Summer Pre-Season Sale and our Winter Clearance, all wrapped up into one BIG event.
What started out 25 years ago as an opportunity for our customers to outfit their entire family on a budget has turned into the Midwest’s Largest Consignment Sale for Outdoor Gear. There are two locations for the Swap: Alpine Shop Kirkwood & Columbia.
Our Chesterfield, Mo. store and “The Pathfinder” in Manhattan, Kan., feature impressive sale prices on brand new gear during the same time period, but do not have used gear available.
You can sell gear from any season of the year, provided it meets our standards below. 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.
What Can I Sell?
By CATEGORY, the listing below indicates the gear and clothing we will accept in this year’s Swap: (if you don’t see it below, we won’t accept it. Sorry!)
CAMPING: Tents, Backpacks, Sleeping Bags, Camp Furniture, Camp Stoves, Camp Lanterns & Cooking Kits.
CLOTHING: We will accept all clothing for men, women and children from manufacturers that Alpine Shop has carried in our stores during the last three years (excluding underwear, gloves and socks). For brands other than those that Alpine Shop has carried, we will ONLY accept technical outerwear pieces. This includes: Winter Coats, Ski/Board Pants, Rain Jackets, Rain Pants, Fleece Jackets & Fleece Pullovers. No exceptions.
CYCLING: Complete Bikes, Cycling Apparel, Bike Trailers. (No separate bike components. No shoes. No helmets.)
PADDLE: Canoes, Kayaks, Stand-Up Paddle Boards, Paddles, PFDs, Dry Suits/Dry Tops or Bottoms, Wet Suits.
RACKS: Trailer Hitch & Trunk Mount Racks, All Rack Accessories. (We will not accept components for attaching a rack to the roof of a vehicle.)
SNOWSPORTS: Alpine Skis or Snowboards (less than seven (7) years old), Ski boots, Snowboard Boots and Bindings. (No cross country skis or boots.)
STROLLERS: Jog strollers only.
Limits: Each customer is limited to selling a total of 10 items that are individually priced under $200. Additional items will be charged $1 each. No limit on items over $200.
How Do I Sell My Used Gear and Clothing?
1. Download and print this two-page form. Fill it out as best you can before you come to Alpine Shop Kirkwood, Columbia or O’Fallon. This will save everyone a whole lot of time!
2: Bring the items you’re looking to sell and your completed paperwork to the shop you plan on selling starting Monday, April 23 through Thursday, April 26. Check-in times are Noon to 8 pm at our Kirkwood location. Our Columbia location wil accept goods between Noon and 5 pm.
3. Complete any remaining information on the contract. Don’t know what to price an item? We will assist you as best we can. Please remember, this is a swap event. Most sales occur on items priced around or below 50% of general retail prices.
4: Sit back and wait for your product to sell. (Or shop for some great stuff, yourself!)
How Much Do I Get Paid?
Depending on the price you set for your goods, you can earn a certain percentage of the sales price back in either Alpine Shop store credit or a check:
1. Swap Goods with a final sale price of under $199.99 earn either 70% of the final sales price in store credit or 50% of the sales price in a check.
2. Swap Goods with a final sale price of $200 or higher earn 80% of the final sales price in store credit or 60% in check.
We will begin writing checks and issuing credits at 10 am on Tuesday, May 1. Please do not request payment before then. You have until close of business on Wednesday, May 2 to claim your payment (and any unsold items) in the store. Any unclaimed payments after that date 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, May 18.
What if my stuff doesn’t sell?
We ask you to please pick up any items that fail to sell by store-close on Wed. May 2. Items not picked up by that time will be donated to a charity of our choosing. Please understand, we do not have room to store your gear once the tent is down.