DENVER, Colorado — At a time when everything is becoming more expensive, outdoor enthusiasts have a local place to buy or sell used clothing and gear to save or make money.
Out&Back Outdoor offers you cash for your trade-in, prepares the items and resells them at a discount on the secondary market.
After working for companies like VF Corporation – the parent company of brands like The North Face – Barruch Ben-Zekry found a way to make outdoor clothing and gear more affordable.
“Lots of people are looking to buy used gear right now,” Ben-Zekry said. “Demand is booming. It’s really about whether or not you can get the supply.”
The fledgling Denver company is a re-commerce outlet where sellers make money off the stuff they no longer use or wear.
“Some of the fabrics may have changed, some of the insulation may have changed,” Ben-Zekry said. “But overall the articles are just as good as they were five, ten or whatever years ago.”
Consumers can either register items through Out&Back’s website and receive an instant quote, or the company has recently partnered with Dick’s Sporting Goods to locate an in-store drop-off point.
“You bring your gear to us,” Ben-Zekry said of partnering with Dick. “You don’t have to wrap it, you don’t have to do anything of the sort. You get that payout right there while you wait for us to check in the items.”
Meanwhile, for buyers, the cost barrier of entering outdoor leisure activities will be broken down.
“If you’re going to be out on the slopes for a day, you can easily have on your feet, strapped to your feet, your pants, jackets — $2,000-$3,000 worth of gear,” said Ben-Zekry.
Interested buyers can now shop for gear at huge discounts. And Out&Back employs a refurbishment team to make used items look like new.
“For the buyer, I want them to be convinced of the product they’re buying,” said Ben-Zekry. “When they open this package, I want them to look at it and say, ‘I can’t believe this thing is second hand.'”
The Dick’s Sporting Goods location at 7313 W. Alaska Drive in Lakewood is now accepting donations through Out&Back. In addition to clothing, they also take rucksacks, tents, skis and snowboards with them.