If you’ve ever walked into an outdoor gear store looking for holiday or birthday gifts, you know that buying adventure-ready equipment can be a costly proposition. However, there is a way to find top-notch outdoor equipment without breaking the bank. We’re talking about outdoor gear consignment stores.

These consignment stores sell high-quality gear consigned to them by outdoor adventurers who want to offload their surplus equipment. There are also many gear geeks out there who have moved on to the next model or technical development and have no further use for their old gear (which may not even be that old!). So, let’s take a look at some inexpensive gift ideas you can find in an outdoor consignment store.

Hiking, Backpacking, and Camping Gear from a Consignment Store

If you need a gift for the hiker, backpacker, or camper in your family but have a limited budget, an outdoor gear consignment store may have a gift that proves not only just right but also affordable. Whether you are looking for a backpack, a tent, or a sleeping bag, there’ll be a wide range to choose from. And, don’t forget those smaller items that fit into a holiday stocking – a headlamp or a compact camping stove, perhaps.

Mountain Equipment Recyclers (MER) in Colorado Springs offers a selection of almost new or gently used hiking, backpacking, and camping gear. Many items sport famous brand logos. You can also often find new samples and closeouts priced 20%-50% below MSRP (manufacturer’s suggested retail price).

Bikes at an Outdoor Gear Consignment Store

Do you wish you had the money to buy an expensive bike for your teenager who has outgrown his or her old bike or wants to get into mountain biking? A reputable consignment store with a biking department serves as a one-stop bike shop for everything to do with cycling. You may find just the right bike to delight your youngster from a selection of used mountain bikes, road bikes, and hybrids.

Visit the bike shop at MER to see our wide range of used bikes, all of which are in good condition. You may be able to find and buy a used bike at 50% or more below MSRP.

Skis and Snowboards

Are you looking for a gift for that winter sports enthusiast in your life who loves to shred some fresh Colorado snow? An outdoor consignment store will have a selection of affordable, high-quality, brand name used winter sports gear that is in good to excellent condition. Not just skis and snowboards, but also winter sports outerwear, ski poles, and everything else a winter sports lover needs.

MER offers a wide range of new and gently used ski equipment, including downhill skis, cross country skis, snowboards, snowshoes, ski boots, and winter sports apparel. As Colorado Springs’ best used outdoor gear consignment store, we strive to offer the top brands of used ski equipment and snowboarding gear at discounted prices.

Climbing Gear

Do you have an aspiring rock climber in your family who dreams of reaching the peak of Kissing Camels? Why not give them a membership in a climbing gym along with some gear. The rock climbing section of an outdoor gear consignment store will have a selection of discounted used climbing gear.

Why not give your climber a gift certificate for MER so that they can, for example, pick out and try on climbing shoes.

Purchasing Your Holiday Gifts at Mountain Equipment Recyclers (MER)

If you live in or near Colorado Springs, we are your one-stop outdoor gear consignment store for those holiday gifts for that outdoor person in your family. Not only will you save money, but you will also be supporting numerous good causes. 100% of MER’s net profits are donated to local non-profit and environmental organizations. Here’s what else you should know about us:

  • If you buy gear from us as a holiday gift, rest assured that it will be in good shape. For instance, tents are set up to ensure they are in good repair and no components are missing. All sleeping pads are inflated to ensure they fully inflate and have no leaks. Sleeping bags are only sold if they are freshly laundered and are not spilling out feathers. Camping stoves are tested to make sure they work properly.
  • Whether you are looking for hiking, backpacking, camping, biking, skiing, or rock climbing gear, choose from our high-quality outdoor equipment, all of which is in excellent to good condition. Many people bring their gently used outdoor gear to us to find a new home. And, let’s face it, quality gear deserves to be used!

If you have something specific in mind, give us a call, and we’ll let you know if we can fulfill your holiday gift wish. We also have gift certificates available so that your outdoor friend and family member can browse and find exactly what they have been looking for.

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