Get gear on the cheap; help the scouts

38th SportsMart set for Saturday

Looking to get rid of the old skis collecting dust in the garage? Don't toss them in the garbage just yet, there may well be someone who could get some use out of them.

The best way to fins that someone might be during the Delmar Boy Scout Troop 75's 38th annual SportsMart event, Saturday, Nov. 20, at Bethlehem High School.

The longrunning event sees the scouts running a swap meet of sorts. From 8 to 11 a.m. people can drop off their used sports equipment and set a price they'd like to fetch for their gear. From 1 to 4 p.m., the public browses and buys. Former owners get the asking price for their equipment, minus 25 percent for the scouts, and items that don't sell get returned.

Every year sees a swarm of people looking for deals, said organizer Rodney Tillinghast.

At 1 p.m. people are lined up ready to get in. Its not uncommon to talk to people in line who say they've been going to it for 15, 20 years, he said.

The event is not only the troop's biggest fundraiser of the year, but a way to promote recycling over discarding. Families with growing children can enjoy finding expensive equipment at a discount every year.

In addition to the sale, scouts will be selling concessions, there will be a silent auction featuring lift tickets to local ski areas and donations will be taken for Food Pantries of the Capital District.

"We believe that our SportsMart is the Capital Region's largest single day used sports equipment sale," Tillinghast said. "It ends up being a really fun event."

The event takes place in the high school cafeteria. Use the Van Dyke Road entrance.""

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