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Swap to benefit Scouts


Organizer Kim Sundberg said she’d like Saturday’s Gear Swap to become a bigger, annual event.

Youths outgrow gear and people change activities, leaving closets full of surplus gear that could be put to use. The event, a fundraiser for the Haines Venturer Scouts, is an opportunity to get new gear or suit up for new sports, Sundberg said.

It’s patterned after an annual, popular “ski swap” in Juneau, but includes all gear, including fishing poles. “Golf, basketball, hockey, you name it. We’re interested in all working sports gear,” Sundberg said. “We’d like it to be an annual thing on a caliber of Juneau’s, but for all sports.”

Sundberg said Southeast Alaska Backcountry Adventures is sponsoring the event and will weed through donations. Faulty items won’t be accepted. “We’re trying to keep the quality level higher.”

Residents wanting to sell gear should drop off items and set their prices from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the ANB Hall. The sale is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the hall.

Venturer Scouts get 20 percent of revenues, including a $2 admission fee. Consigners get 80 percent.

Sales are by cash only, Sundberg said.


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