My outdoor gear budget has been squeezed a little bit, the result of my going a little overboard for the last few months. OK, last few years.
So I’ve been looking at Craigslist and at yard sales for stuff. It can be quite an adventure. I wrote about it today in my column in The Roanoke Times.
My question for readers is, what’s the best deal you’ve ever gotten on a used piece of outdoors gear?
Also would love to hear about any instances where someone was asking an insane prize for something junky.
My favorite used deal was probably on a rod with a (sorta) vintage, mint-condition Mitchell 300 reel, with a tackle box full of little trout lures. Got the whole thing for $20. That’s not a steal, but it was a fair deal and we were both happy.
As for the ridiculous prices, a recent one comes to mind. I’m trying to find bikes for my girls and hope to avoid buying something new since they are still growing. I saw a listing on Craigslist for a Trek mountain bike still in the box. The guy wanted something like $275 for it. The catch was, it was a 2001 model that sold for $35o new BACK THEN. Uh, sorry dude.