Best Used Sporting Goods Stores In Seattle

September 4, 2012 11:00 AM

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Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and the sparkling Puget Sound, and within easy driving distance of world-class climbing, river-rafting and biking, Seattle is ideally situated for lovers of outdoor activities. With countless sports leagues in the Greater Seattle area, organized athletic events and urban trails, it’s clear: Seattleites love their sports. However, gearing up for your favorite sport usually means drawing down your bank account. Fortunately, budget-conscious athletes can find unbeatable deals at these used sporting goods stores.
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2nd Base
1001 NE Boat St.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 325-BASE

If you can roll it, throw it, hit it, swing it or catch with it, you can probably find it at 2nd Base in University District. Inside, you discover an amazing, colorful jumble of equipment for every sport imaginable; from archery gear, croquet mallets and antique fishing rods to helmets, ice skates and cleats. With unusual and vintage items, it’s a treasure trove for sports enthusiasts and collectors alike. When owner, Beau Sadick, first opened the store in 1988, he made it his mission to rescue old sports equipment from landfills and pass it on to the next generation of avid athletes. With its emphasis on fun and conservationist message, 2nd Base stands out as the best independent all-around used sporting goods store in Seattle.

Second Ascent
5209 Ballard Ave. NW
Seattle, WA 98107
(206) 545-8810

This Ballard institution proves you don’t have to break the bank to get top-quality backcountry sporting and camping gear. Second Ascent offers a wide variety of new and used clothing and equipment for backpacking, climbing, skiing and cycling. The secondhand inventory includes a large selection of name-brand outdoor and biking clothes, climbing shoes, backpacks and tents, but with luck, you might be able to pick up a used mountain bike or backcountry skis in the wintertime. Take advantage of the generous trade-in policy, which allows you to swap old equipment for in-store credit. The friendly expert staff happily chimes in with advice, and the full-service bike shop is one of the most experienced in town, so don’t hesitate to seek help in finding the right gear for you.

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Mountain to Sound Outfitters
3602 SW Alaska St.
Seattle, WA 98126
(206) 935-7669

At West Seattle’s Mountain to Sound Outfitters, fans of water and winter sports can find used big-ticket items at up to half the price of new products. The store sells gear on consignment for cash or store credit, ranging from kayaks, snowboards and stand up paddle-boards to paddles, fishing poles, rollerblades and wetsuits, as well as offering great deals on its used demo skis at the end of the season. Along with its extensive new and used inventory, it features a full-service ski shop and repair service for kayaks, boards and skates. Athletes can also save money by renting equipment from the shop, which offers different packages on ski gear and snow shoes in winter. In summer, it runs a rental shop for skates and boards right on Alki Beach.

Urban Surf
2100 N. Northlake Way
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 545-9463

Urban Surf near Gasworks Park is your one-stop shop for warm-weather sports on a board. The store specializes in kiteboarding, surfing, stand up paddleboarding and skateboarding, and it sells a variety of equipment on a consignment basis, from kites to performance boards. You can also rent gear from boards to Rip Curl wetsuits. During the summer, the store organizes stand up paddleboard lessons, and its kiteboarding school—the only internationally certified kiteboarding center in the state—offers instruction year-round.

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Recycled Cycles
1007 NE Boat St.
Seattle, WA 98105
(206) 547-4491

The name says it all—this University District bike shop has specialized in used and refurbished bicycles since it opened in 1994. Along with a large selection of gear and clothing, Recycled Cycles carries a huge inventory of new and used bikes, ranging from kids’ and commuter bicycles to mountain bikes and serious performance cycles, and it also accepts consignments and trade-ins. The store’s expert staff recycles parts and reconditions old bicycles, stripping them down to the frame, cleaning and rebuilding them. The full-service in-house repair shop can retune or fix your bike with new, used and even vintage components. Whether you are dropping $30 for your child’s first bike or splashing out for a new used road bike, this spot offers great value for money. You can also check out the new Fremont location at 1109 N 35th Street.

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Elisa Mader is a freelance writer covering all things Seattle. Her work can be found on

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