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Gear sale to benefit local trails

It's time to dig through your closets and clean out your garage.

Spokengear, 1130 11th St., Two Harbors, is hosting its second-annual yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 19. Two Harbors residents and beyond will have an opportunity to buy, sell or donate bikes and other outdoor gear.

"When we opened up shop three years ago, we wanted to have an event that was a fundraiser for our local trail clubs like the Gitchi-Gami Trail Association and Lake County Mountain Bike Trail System," Spokengear owner Josh Kowaleski said.

All proceeds from donated gear will go to the two organizations. The gear owner also has the option of selling the gear on consignment, in which case the owner would receive 80 percent of the sale and the organizations would get a 20 percent cut.

The second purpose of the sale, Kowalski said, is to provide access to affordable gear.

"It feels like, at times, that the industry has some barriers to participation and we realized that the price of gear is sometimes a barrier for people," Kowalski said. "Plus, there are so many campers and backpackers up here and they have so much stuff that they're not using. So to get that out of people's closets so that another generation of people can start using them."

The store is accepting gear donations everyday leading up to the event. Drop-off times are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The shop will have expanded drop-off hours the day before the sale, Friday, May 18, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kowaleski said the gear collection is going well, with a lot of winter expedition-type gear. However, he'd like to see more bicycles, tents, stoves and kayaks — all items that went fast in 2017.

What's the oddest item Kowaleski saw last year?

"Scuba equipment. We had a scuba air compressor refilling station, which I just didn't expect," Kowaleski said. "We also had an old vintage rowboat, which didn't sell, but it was an interesting piece."

Teri Cadeau

Teri Cadeau is a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle. 

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