The account you’ve carefully been saving for the holidays is now depleted, and has got you thinking that maybe you went a little overboard. It’s a natural reaction to feel buyer’s remorse, especially during the month of January. For those of you on a budget, and don’t be afraid to admit it, there are in fact, options. I checked out a place called Gearonimo Sports and came home with a Camelbak Pack and a Water Proof Columbia jacket for less than a hundred bucks. This place has everything in used sports equipment, including cycling shoes in name brands like Shimano, bikes, skis, snow boards, camping gear and even kayaks. They are considered a consignment sporting equipment store and are located at 2727 Palmer Park Blvd, not far from where I live. They provide the ultimate in affordable, like new equipment. The clerk, and her dog Cherokee, even gave me a special “one week return policy” incase I need it.
I first walked in the door Tuesday afternoon, and I saw the ample amount of shoes they carry. I picked up a couple of pairs of boots but noticed the dirt in the soles. I like cheap, but used shoes just doesn’t feel right. I moved on to the backpacks and tried on a couple of them just to see how it felt. Some of them had dirt on them, and slight tears in the fabric, but I finally settled on the one with the shoulder harness and no belt clips. It was $22.95 and in very good condition. Behind me were ski boots and helmets, but I figured I was done shopping so I turned towards the front. It was then that I remembered how cold it was in November when I had my first group ride on the Santa Fe Trail. After trying on about a dozen coats and thinking I was never going to decide, I picked up a woman’s shell that I could wear over my fleece, for only $37.95. What prompted my decision? It wasn’t pushy sales people; it was good old fashioned common sense. It’s not a secret that, in Colorado, layers are a necessity. I handed the clerk my charge, and that was that. As soon as I got home, I pulled the hanger out of the water bag and washed it. (The water bag, not the hanger) I also stood in front of the mirror for ten full minutes just admiring the way the jacket fit. This can only mean good things moving forward, I said to myself. Besides, the bill doesn’t come until next month anyway. Who’s a satisfied customer? This girl!