There's a giant sale in Port Coquitlam this weekend with thousands of pieces of used sports equipment to choose from — all so that kids can get in the game.
KidSport Tri-Cities is bringing back its annual spring sale to an in-person setting after the COVID-19 pandemic sent it to the sidelines for two years.
And since then, the gear has been piling up.
"The storage room is jam packed,” said Chris Wilson, a Coquitlam city councillor and the local KidSport branch's executive director.
He adds, with the public health crisis on the wane, other pressures like increasing prices for food, fuel and housing are knocking sports further down the priority list.
"COVID-19 really threw a lot of families for a loop," said Wilson, noting that lowering the cost diminishes one barrier for getting involved again.
"We price things at whatever we think it will sell for. We want to be able to get rid of the stuff."
Proceeds from the sale, and a companion event in the fall, help families in need pay registration fees for their kids’ sporting activities.
Available equipment includes everything: skates, bikes, scuffed baseballs, golf clubs, skis and lightly-used soccer cleats.
The KidSport Tri-Cities spring sales is scheduled for tomorrow (April 23) at Riverside Secondary from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Though not mandatory, organizers and volunteers are strongly recommending interested patrons to wear masks out of respect for others' safety.
- with files from Mario Bartel, Tri-City News