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October brings ski swaps, sales events to Pittsburgh area

By Pamela Diana
Point Park News Service

In the next two weeks, two Pittsburgh area ski swaps/sales events are scheduled, allowing owners of used equipment and clothes to get merchandise credit or cash.

Both events will have knowledgeable staff (ski patrol members, ski instructors, skiers and riders) on hand to help you price your items and help you decide the best equipment that will work for you or your family.  One event will give you merchandise credit for use in their store and the other will give you cash for everything that sold.

Items being accepted at the two events are skis, snowboards, poles, boots, bindings, snow sports apparel (jackets, pants, vests, sweaters, ski underwear, gloves/mittens, socks, neck gaiters, scarves, hats), goggles, helmets, ski/snowboard and boot bags, and ski/snowboard roof racks, according to sources at Ski Haus and Boyce Park Ski Patrol.  All items must be in good condition, and skis and snowboards must have indemnified bindings which mean they are on a current manufacturer’s list and not too old according to www.skiernet.com/ski-gear-guide.  The staff at the events will advise you of the status of your bindings and help you set prices on your items.

Ski Haus, in Wexford and Canonsburg, will have the first swap/sale of the season on Saturday, Oct. 13 through Sunday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. according to Robert Drescher, CEO of Ski Haus and Patio Concepts. “If you want, you can bring in your equipment to the store during the week before the sale (October 6-12) to register, or at 9 a.m. on Saturday,” says Drescher.

The items must be picked up by 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 14, unless you want your items to go on consignment (only at the Wexford location). “You’ll get 100% store credit” of the item sold, and the “credit does not have an expiration date,” says Drescher.  So if you sell a snowboard for $80, you’ll get $80 credit toward merchandise at Ski Haus or at Patio Concepts. On consignment, you’ll get 100% of the sale in store credit as well.  Housed in the same location, Ski Haus offers snow sports equipment and apparel in the fall and winter, and Patio Concepts offers patio merchandise in the spring and summer.

The Wexford location is located at 10455 Perry Highway, Pittsburgh; and the Canonsburg location is located at 2500 Washington Rd., Canonsburg. Look for the big tent in the parking lot at both locations.

The Parks Department of Allegheny County’s Ski Swap and Sale at Boyce Park Four Seasons Activity Center will be on Saturday, Oct. 20 through Sunday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.; equipment registration and item drop off will be on Friday, Oct. 19 from 3 until 7 p.m., according to Pat Boccardi, Director of Boyce Park Ski Patrol. The registration fee will be $5 for 20 items with 15% of the proceeds from the sale going back to the Boyce Park Ski Patrol for first aid supplies and materials according to Boccardi.  For example, if you sold boots for $50, you’ll get back $42.50 and the Boyce Park Ski Patrol will get $7.50.

He says that by having this annual fundraiser, they are providing a service to the skiing (and snowboarding) public, and act as an agent to bring together private owners and shops to provide a clearinghouse to sell their items, plus they are able to obtain some funds for the ski patrol to purchase first aid supplies.  He says a few years back, because of renovations to the Boyce Park ski area, they didn’t have the event one year and people really missed it, so the next year they brought it back.

“We’ve been doing this for approximately 30 years,” says Boccardi.

He says in the past, there was a gradual decline on the quality of items people were selling at the event, but “we are setting the bar higher this year.” He wants the items offered at the event to be quality items that people are interested in purchasing. He doesn’t want the public to think this is a flea market. So he added, they have the right to refuse items, and they do not make any guarantees or accept returns.

All items and cash proceeds from the swap and sale must be picked up at the lodge after 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21; and if not picked up before closing at 4 p.m., the items will be considered a donation. Only checks and cash will be accepted for purchasing items. The Boyce Park Four Seasons Activity Center is located at 675 Old Frankstown Rd. in Plum Borough.

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