The Idaho Whitewater Association
's first used equipment sale was more than three decades ago and consisted of a small group of local paddlers trading some gear around.
Now, the sale draws more than 1,000 outdoor enthusiasts who are anxious to get a killer deal on kayaks, rafts, lifejackets, canoes, paddle boards, paddles and river gear. It's not just riverly things—sale items include tents, sleeping bags, bicycles and all sorts of outdoor gear.
Used gear is available just about anywhere nowadays, from Backcountry Pursuit to Outdoor Exchange to Craigslist, but shopping at the IWA sale also helps protect the outdoors. The Idaho Whitewater Association keeps 15 percent of the sale items' price (10 percent for items that cost more than $1,000) and uses it to maintain river put-ins and take-outs, offer safety classes and maintain outhouses.
This year, IWA's president Jennifer Atteberry told Boise Weekly
the proceeds will be used to make two large signs for the Main Payette River put-in at Banks. The signs will alert boaters of the class of the rapids and the importance of lifejackets. Atteberry figures the signs will cost around $1,500 total but after those are installed, she wants to see more go up at the put-in for the Cabarton stretch on the north fork of the Payette.
In past years, the sale brought in around $6,000. That sort of income this year would cover the cost of the signs as well as provide $1,000 to Idaho Rivers United, a nonprofit devoted to protecting Idaho's rivers.
"This year, though, we have a big change," Atteberry said. "We're bringing in vendors in an attempt to grow the sale."
Local vendors will include Idaho River Sports, Score Outdoors, Alpenglow, Backcountry Pursuit, BananaINK, Outdoor Exchange, Cascade Outfitters and more.
That's not the only change. In years past, the sale has been held in Idaho River Sports' parking lot but because of the construction on Esther Simplot Park
, the sale will be in the area behind Cascade Outfitters at 604 E. 45th Street, off Chinden Boulevard.
"We set up a space 100-feet by 250-feet," she said. "That's the biggest space we've ever had."
Folks who want to sell gear can check in on Friday, April 24, 3-9 p.m., and Saturday, April 25, 7-8:30 a.m., or online here
. People interested in volunteering at the sale can register online as well. The sale is Saturday, April 25, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.