Let's face it, outdoor recreation ain't cheap. Every time you need a new backpack, tent or gadget, it makes a gouge in your bank account. But the good thing about outdoor gear is that there's always someone who's either looking to upgrade or downsize and is willing to sell his or her gently used stuff for a steal.
Rafters and kayakers can score big Saturday, April 27, at the annual Idaho Whitewater Association Used Equipment Sale at Idaho River Sports. Thousands descend on the sale from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. to score the best deals on used kayaks, rafts, frames and assorted accessories. Not only can you save some cash, but 15 percent of proceeds go to the IWA, which supports the boating community.
If you're looking to clean out your garage, sale item check-in begins Friday, April 26, from 3-8 p.m. For the first time, sellers register online and print out sales forms for their goods before dropping off their items, although advanced registration ends at midnight before the sale. Goods can also be checked in from 7-8 a.m. on Saturday. All unsold items must be picked up by 4 p.m.
If you're looking for gear, go early—the best stuff goes fast.