Used Clothing/Gear Sale at Williamstown Gathering, Oct. 11-14

06/09/2019 1:13 PM | Robert Sylvester (Administrator)

You know you've got a lot of outdoor clothing and gear stockpiled from your adventures over the years. There's that good jacket that you replaced because you didn't like the color or style, a sleeping bag you haven't used in 10 years, a nice pair of hiking shoes that never quite fit you right, and myriad other items that are still functional and valuable, but you don't need or want them any longer.

So here's your chance to get rid of some good stuff you don't use any more, and make a little cash for you, and for ALDHA. We're planning a used clothing/gear sale at the 38th Gathering in Williamstown, Mass. We'll do a 50/50 member/attendee-ALDHA split. If you wish to donate your 50 percent split to ALDHA, that's great, but that's entirely optional - the main point of the sale is to find good homes for gear and clothing, and help all members, beginners to seasoned, enjoy our great trails.

All items must be clean, not stinky, and in good and working condition. (For example, no clothing with significant holes, rips or tears; no old equipment "for parts," and most of all, no stuff that smells like you just spent a week on the trail in rain and humidity!)

Here's how it would work: On Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, you bring your gear/clothing to a designated area in the Hiker Fair/ALDHA Central. We'll have two different types of color-coded tags, one for the 50/50 split (for example, yellow) and another for a donation (for example, white). The tag would be numbered, and you'd get a companion tag with the number. On the tag, you write a very brief description of the item (size if applicable) and the price (price it to sell!), and affix the tag to the item. It would be far too complicated to negotiate any prices, so the price will be the price. Name and cell phone number would be optional. As items sell, volunteers staffing the sale will set aside the yellow tags with 50 percent of the sale price, and the owners can periodically check in and retrieve their cash from these sold items with their "copy" of the tag.

Very important: ALDHA cannot keep any of these items - we don't have the means or storage space to do so. So please, you'd have to retrieve your unsold items Sunday afternoon, regardless of whether or not you did the 50/50 split or donated it. Thanks in advance for complying with this.

We hope this is a great chance for members and attendees to downsize their gear/clothing collection, and purchase good stuff at bargain-basement prices. See you at the Gathering!

For questions, contact Jim Niedbalski, Gathering facilities coordinator, at

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