Reasons why the Newport Ski Swap might be interesting to you
Biggest & Best - Why pay more or settle for lower quality? This sale is huge, now with 15,000 Sq. feet, over 12,000 inventory items and over $400,000 in sales. It is well organized with a huge selection of equipment and accessories at incredibly low prices. The swap provides tremendous value for the school, buyers and sellers! The Newport Ski swap rivals the big commercial events in Seattle except that we have More Gear, Lower Prices, Free Entry and Free Parking. We take major Credit Cards (Visa, MasterCard & AMEX), personal checks and of course, cash. We are in Factoria, south Bellevue with easy access from both I-405 (Coal Creek) & I-90 (150th SE).
Major savings on NEW gear (30-60%) - Local ski and snowboard stores offer gear at highly discounted gear, often 30-60% discount off regular season prices. How do they do it? Every year, the industry over-manufactures by as much as 30%. This is not junk but rather high quality, new gear that shops have left over or that they buy at a discount from manufacturers for swaps and early season store sales.
Major savings on USED gear (50-90%) - This is a great opportunity to help others by selling your good used equipment or buying someone else's. Note: Sporting equipment and clothing value drops about 50% per year for the first three years ($600, $300, $150, $75). Some of this gear has only been used 4-5 times. Many people come year after year to trade-up their gear as their kids grow and their skill improves. There are 1000s of very nice, high quality, high value, used items for sale at amazingly low prices.
Ski Day Convenience - It is much more convenient for new skiers and boarders to have their own equipment than to stand in line each week to rent equipment (30-60 minutes wait prime season). Renting in town also requires time for pickup and drop-off. Buying used is very cost effective since used equipment is deeply discounted and often costs less than renting for the season.
Shopping Convenience - We have new and used equipment for
beginner, intermediate, advanced and expert skiers and snowboarders so you can
outfit the entire family. We have all the accessories that you will need including
jackets, pants, underwear, socks, helmets, goggles, poles, boots, and
Snowsports Shops - Enumclaw Ski & Mountain, Bothell Ski & Bike, Gerk's Ski & Bike, Liquidation Sports, Mt Si Board & Skate, and Goldstar have provided some fabulous gear at incredible prices as well as providing technical assistance to find the just-right gear for you. Ask for a coupon from the shops as they can also tune your gear so that it performs well on the slopes.
Booths - The Seattle Mountaineers will showcase their services such as the ski chalets at Baker and Stevens. Outdoors Northwest, long affiliated with the Ski Swap, with be there with magazines and service offerings. Hope on the Slopes, an American Cancer Society, affiliate will show us their fun fundraising opportunities. I've snowboarded the Stevens Pass 24 hour Hope on the Slopes event in support of family members battling cancer and earned money for the great cause and had a fabulous and unique time doing it. A number of Newport High Clubs will be at the swap providing food for the shoppers.
Snowsports Training - You can also sign up for Bellevue Ski & Snowboard School for Elementary, Middle or High School students. Husky Winter Sports who helps us with advertising at the University of Washington will also be at the swap.
Ski Areas - The Summit at Snoqualmie and other mountains will be at the swap providing information and hiring instructors and offering Seasons Passes and snowsports training.
Charity - This is a Newport High School PTA fund raising function. All profits, over $750,000 given and growing yearly, enhance Newport's education experience.
The Swap also has valued association with other charities such as SOS Outreach, a sports-based youth development organization, whose goal is to help build character and self-esteem in underserved youth through mentorship, community outreach and outdoor recreation. In past years, we also contributed hundreds of left over soft goods (jackets, pants, fleece, vents, hats, gloves) to Camp Korey who mission is to honor the courage, strength, and determination of children and their families who battle life-threatening and serious illnesses; and to provide them with a safe, friendly, medically sound environment in which to simply have fun and be kids and also to Seattle's Union Gospel Mission to provide some protection formthe elements for homeless folk.
Bonus - Student Volunteers get volunteer hours needed to graduate for working the swap - Be sure to check in and out.