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Time to shop the swap

Janet Urquhart
Aspen Times Staff Writer

Halloween revelers better set their alarm clocks before they head out on the town Friday night, because Aspen’s 49th annual Ski Swap will open Saturday at 8:30 a.m. sharp at Aspen Middle School.

Early risers will get first shot at bargain-priced ski/snowboard gear, outdoor wear and a host of other items at what’s billed as the oldest swap on the Western Slope. The event will end at 1 p.m.

Anyone with stuff to sell should bring it to the school on Friday between 3 and 6:30 p.m. Gear that’s priced to sell generally does, hinted Mary Ryerson, a longtime volunteer with the event.

“You do find deals – there are tons of deals,” she said.

The swap features an array of used items and new merchandise supplied by commercial vendors. Outdoor gear of all sorts, including tents and backpacks, often winds up at the sale, though ski and snowboard gear and outdoor clothing is the primary focus.

What began as an event to help families outfit their children in affordable skiwear and gear has grown into the can’t-miss sale of the season for bargain hunters of all ages, but it’s still the place to keep growing kids in gloves, jackets, ski poles, etc., according to Ryerson.

Parents ought to bring in whatever their own children have outgrown, she advised.

“The more kids’ stuff, the better,” Ryerson said. “That’s what always goes.”

As usual, 20 percent of the proceeds will go to the Aspen School District to help with purchases that aren’t in the district budget. Sellers keep 80 percent.

Sellers may collect any unsold items and their cash Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the school. Any unsold items marked with a “D” will be donated to charity.

If you’re selling merchandise, you’ll be issued a ticket for each item with a stub you keep so you can reclaim your unsold merchandise and/or cash after the swap. (Those tickets are available in advance at Alpine Bank in Aspen.) Here’s a major tip: Get tickets of the same color, in sequential order, for all your stuff, or you’ll be standing in a bunch of different lines at the end of the swap to collect your money.

[Janet Urquhart’s e-mail address is janet@aspentimes.com]


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