Ski swaps, second-hand stores can save parents money on winter gear

(Source: WNEM)

Winter is right around the corner and keeping your kids warm can come at a high cost as they outgrow their winter gear year after year.

You may be able to get the most of your money at your local ski slope.

"They can buy used items. We sell new items. Bottom line is saving money," said Mike Powell, with Play it Again Sports in Flint.

He said parents are rushing to his shelves for winter equipment.

Powell said people can trade in their old winter gear fairly easily, which could mean big savings for parents.

A winter jacket can cost a few hundred dollars, that's why a lot of parents said they go to swaps.

Jim Naughton, parent, said he likes winter swaps because he can get up to 50 percent off big ticket items for his kids.

"It's nice to be able to get a pair of overalls or a new pair of skis or a used pair of skis and save a few dollars," he said.

Tony Shumaker, general manager at Shumaker's in Flint, said every year his store takes discounted items to swap events.

"You can find a good value at swaps. We take a lot of last year's goods and overruns, things like that," Shumaker said.

All of the winter swaps and sports stores rely on the winter weather, not only to move merchandise out but to also bring it in.

Another place you can find winter gear at a reasonable price is at Underground Railroad Upscale Resale in Saginaw Township.

"Oh, it's a life savings for me," said Mary Shore, shopper.

She is a frequent shopper at second-hand stores.

"I found coats and pants and you know, shirts and everyone always asks me where I get my stuff," Shore said.

Sam Baker is the store manager. She said her shop is a viable option for your cold weather needs.

"We have coats and snow pants for the entire family, ranging from infant sizes all the way up to like three-4X," Baker said.

All of the winter items will have a reduced price soon.

"We're having a big 50 percent off sale. All of our coats will be half off on Monday, which is Halloween so come and see us," Baker said.

As for Shore, she said she doesn't understand why more people don't shop at places like the Underground Railroad.

"If I can buy three pairs of pants for the price of one, why not," she said.

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