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Upgrade your gear: Meyers Community Foundation hosts gear swap Oct. 23

Autumn Whitney
The Meyers Outdoor Gear Swap is a time to both purge and shop for summer and winter equipment less than five years old.
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Forget spring cleaning — now’s the time to get rid of old extreme sports gear to make room for newer models. Join the Meyers Community Foundation on Sunday, Oct. 23, for its third annual Meyers Outdoor Gear Swap, held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The event was originally scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 16, but was rescheduled due to weather conditions.

“The whole point is sort of two-fold: it’s for people to grab stuff they want to get rid of, and ideally not junk stuff,” MCF treasurer Brian Levy said. “I feel like a lot of people out here in the mountains in Tahoe, they have this nice gear, but also tend to get new gear every year. It’s an opportunity to clear out the closet in the garage.

“The other side is people find stuff they’re looking for that’s not too expensive.”

Registration is conducted from 8:30-10:30 a.m., with a $1-per-item cash fee to enroll equipment in the event. Summer and winter gear no older than five years is accepted.

The event is completely participant-reliant, so the more attendees and items registered, the better. Previous years have seen skis, snowboards, bikes, paddle gear, climbing and camping equipment — and more — find new homes.

Participants are in charge of setting prices for items. Twenty percent of proceeds go to MCF, a nonprofit organization devoted to improving life in Meyers.

“It’s been relatively successful — hopefully it builds. The more people that bring stuff and buy stuff, the better it is. The term ‘swap’ is used similar to that of a flea market. There’s no requirement to bring something in order to buy something,” Levy said.

Unsold items can be picked up between 3-5 p.m. and any merchandise left unclaimed will be donated.

The swap will be held rain or shine in the Westgate Center parking lot adjacent to The Divided Sky in Meyers.

“There’s no way to set up our easy-ups in the parking lot because of the wind. We wanted to do it rain or shine, but if what they’re saying about gusts is true — every easy-up we have would not stay up,” Levy said.

Additional information is available at http://www.meyerscommunityfoundation.org.

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