By Jamie Pearson
It's never too early to start thinking about snagging some good deals on kids’ snow gear and apparel! You know what they say: The early bird gets the gently used Obermeyer jacket.
If you don’t mind paying full retail, then sit back and relax. If you do, read on for some sources for reasonably priced snow clothes and ski and snowboard gear.
No sooner have they slapped Back to School clothes on your kids, than they roll out the cold weather gear.
Plan to hit the store around mid-September to get your first choice of colors and sizes. What they have isn’t fancy, but it’s warm and waterproof.
Check under both the sporting goods and baby and kids stuff categories regularly to score a deal on gear or clothing or try posting what you’re looking for in the “wanted” category.
This is a little hit or miss, but worth a try.
Friends, email lists, and parents’ clubs
If you belong to any school or neighborhood email lists or a local parents’ club, try sending your wish list via email.
If that doesn’t work, try reaching out to a few friends. Everyone’s got growing kids after all.
If you live close enough to the mountains, you might be able to buy some retired rental gear at the end of the season when the shop upgrades its inventory.
It will probably have seen a fair amount of wear and tear, but then again what do you think your kids are going to do to it?
For fans of one-stop shopping, you can’t beat a ski swap where you can pick up new and used gear, demo equipment, and apparel at off-season prices.