Ski club hosts sports sale for all seasons

May 08, 1999|By LAURA ERNDE

Larry Dean stood beside his vintage 1970s mountain bike and the large metal basket that used to carry his camping gear Saturday.

Dean, 47, was selling the equipment at the Little Heiskell Ski Club's first Sports Swap in downtown Hagerstown.

Dean has long since upgraded the equipment he uses for treks along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, a natural resource he credits with keeping him from moving from the area.

The 30-year-old ski club, which popularized an annual Ski Swap in the fall, decided to branch out to other sports this year.

Club members may put away their skis at this time of year, but many remain active in such other outdoor activities as camping, water-skiing and in-line skating, said Andy Carrier, who calls himself the "swapmeister" of the club.


"They wanted to get rid of their gear to buy new gear," said Carrier, who lives in Williamsport.

Anyone, not just club members, could bring their unwanted sports equipment and price it for sale at the one-day event. The club took a 15 percent commission, which will be used to promote skiing.

The club works with Girls Inc., Cedar Ridge Ministries and other groups to get young people interested in the sport, Carrier said.

Club members tagged about 500 items, including exercise machines, backpacks and clothing. Whatever doesn't sell is returned to the owner or donated to charity, he said.

A small but steady stream of people came to the sale, held in the parking lot across from Bike's Ski and Outdoor Shop, 7 N. Potomac St.

Raena Beard, 13, of Hagerstown, tried on a backpack, but it didn't fit.

The teen already likes to canoe in the summer and her parents want her to join them on Appalachian Trail hikes, said her mom, Jeannie Beard.

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