Have you ever bought a baseball glove and retired it after just one use? It’s a waste, but lots of Sacramento residents have done the same thing. Luckily there are places that specialize in selling used sporting equipment so that the barely-used soccer ball sitting in your garage can find a better owner. These stores are great places to find gently-worn goods so you can try out a new sport without spending a fortune to gear up. Each spot has a constantly changing inventory so keep checking back.
Play It Again Sports
8085 Greenback Lane
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
Step into the game at Play It Again Sports, a popular place for locals to find high-quality new and used sporting goods. The staff on hand is knowledgeable and can help properly fit you with equipment. Open seven days a week, Play It Again Sports is the perfect place to find gear you may need for when your friend asks you to join a lacrosse league at the last minute. Keep in mind, you can also trade in used equipment to receive deeper discounts.
Fitness 4 Less
2333 Arden Way
Sacramento, CA 95825
Fitness 4 Less is a great place to find used exercise machines and equipment. For larger purchases like stationary bikes and treadmills, you may not want to splurge on a new machine. Fitness 4 Less lets you browse through machines in person instead of ordering online or via telephone. This way, you can familiarize yourself with the size, style and specifications before you purchase it. The showroom also enables you to compare models and similar machines. Take note of the best bargain: you can purchase weight plates for as little as 60 cents a pound.
2760 21st St.
Sacramento, CA 95818
College Cyclery began as a hardware store in 1935 and has since morphed into a high-quality bike shop. Much like a museum, College Cyclery displays old-fashioned bikes, a bike with a tree wrapped around it and vintage Schwinns. You can come here to get your bike repaired or search for recycled parts and accessories. College Cyclery’s expert employees can answer your questions and direct you to the products or services you need. Customers rave about this unique bike shop and the star treatment they receive.
Silo Union, UC Davis Campus
Davis, CA 95616
Outdoor Adventures is a popular program among college students. You can sign up for day trips with a trained guide or you can rent equipment to go on your own adventure. Rental prices are very reasonable, a complete list of which is available on the website. The program also hosts a semi-annual “Equipment Swap” where you can scour the vast selection of new and used equipment. The “Equipment Swap” happens on the third Thursday of October and April, is cash only and features brand names like Patagonia, Nalgene, etc.
SPCA Thrift Store
920 3rd St., Suite F
Davis, CA 95616
SPCA is a popular thrift store for locals. The inventory keeps changing, but you can usually find some great athletic clothing for a fraction of the original price. Most things are only a few dollars, so you can stock up on running shorts and workout tops on a tight budget. If you can’t stop by the physical location, look up SPCA on eBay to browse the virtual racks online.
Caitlin Gaustad is a freelance writer and a fourth year student pursuing a Managerial Economics major and Spanish minor at the University of California, Davis. You can usually find her with the latest copy of a fashion magazine, which she reads cover-to-cover, admiring the styling and design of each layout. Caitlin is excited to bring you coverage of Davis fashion and trends. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.