This post is sponsored and paid for by SidelineSwap.com, a site where you can buy and sell used sports equipment. Their mission is to provide athletes with a more affordable way to get gear so that everyone can play the sports they love.
During 22 years of being a sports family, our closets have collected a lot of youth sports equipment. 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. Usually, a move forces you to clean out the closets then you’re left with a few options of how to get rid of the gear.
Option 1: Have a garage sale
While estate/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. You will sell gear for super cheap, barely enough to buy even one piece of new gear.
Option 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’s several ways to do this, of course: ebay, craigslist, facebook groups, and websites that specialize in selling used gear.
SidelineSwap is a site where athletes buy and sell gear. It offers quality used equipment that comes with buyer protection: if the gear doesn’t arrive as it’s described online, you can send it back.
And the possibilities go beyond your child’s last year gear. I love this story of two brothers who have made thousands selling old school gear.
Tyler is another story of success: My garage was full of equipment from years of playing sports and I was looking for a way to get rid of it. I started posting some things on SidelineSwap and saw items sell very quickly at a great price. I have earned roughly $4,200.00 from using SidelineSwap over the past two years. If not for SidelineSwap, I would have thrown out most of the stuff or just given it away to friends.
Parents, here’s the deal. You can pay top dollar for quality equipment that lasts, buy cheaper equipment that doesn’t last, or buy used quality equipment that should give you a lot of use. Most sporting goods are durable enough that they can be used for years, but in most sports, kids are outgrowing their gear every season. The issue is sizing, not wear and tear.