Celebrate Good Deals and the Great Outdoors this Weekend

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Alpine Shop’s 16th Annual Spring Swap Festival begins Friday, April 16 at 7 pm at Alpine Shop’s Kirkwood and Columbia, Mo., locations and continues through Sunday, April 18. Customers can begin bringing their used gear to sell on Wednesday, April 14 to the Kirkwood and Columbia Alpine Shop locations only.

Friday Night First Choice at Swap.

St. Louis and Columbia both have some absolutely stunning natural areas surrounding them just waiting to be explored. Hopefully, events like our Swap make it even easier for people to get outside and do just that. --Russell Hollenbeck, Alpine Shop owner

Now in its sixteenth year, Alpine Shop’s Spring Swap Festival gives area families an opportunity to sell their used outdoor gear while also helping the store provide tens of thousands of dollars to worthwhile organizations.

Alpine Shop’s 16th Annual Spring Swap Festival begins Friday, April 16 at 7 pm at Alpine Shop’s Kirkwood and Columbia locations and continues through Sunday, April 18. Customers can begin bringing their used gear to sell on Wednesday, April 14 to the Kirkwood and Columbia Alpine Shop locations only.

The Spring Swap Festival is a consignment-based sale the Alpine Shop hosts each April. Anyone is invited to bring in used warm-weather outdoor gear or clothing to sell for two and a half days in a 10,000 square foot tent Alpine Shop pitches on the South parking lot of its Kirkwood location. This year, for the first time, Alpine Shop’s Columbia location will also feature used gear, as well.

The first night of the Swap festival is also the main fundraising effort of the weekend. Everyone 13 years or older pays $5 to get into the tent. Every penny of that money goes to a particular charity. This year that organization is Trailnet – a St. Louis-based not-for-profit organization with a 20-year history of promoting active living, a way of life that encourages people to integrate physical activity into their daily routines. Alpine Shop is proud to assist them in their efforts.

Customers bring in an average of over 2,000 total items to the Swap tent each Spring Swap Festival, with an emphasis on bikes, boats, camping gear and warm-weather clothing for the whole family.

Items that find new homes during Swap not only make some extra money for the seller, but also help save gear from our trash dumps. Even items that don’t sell can make a difference. Participants can mark on their consignment contracts that they would like Alpine Shop to donate the gear to the charity of Alpine Shop’s choosing if the item doesn’t sell.

Alpine Shop Kirkwood will also host a number of clinics and presentations throughout the weekend including sessions on kayaking, backpacking and Nordic walking. Saturday will also feature talks on the recreational possibilities of the Missouri River and Hiking the Grand Canyon. Sunday will feature a session on dealing with the legal issues surrounding injuries and accidents for bicyclists with attorney Alvin Wolff, Jr.

"St. Louis and Columbia both have some absolutely stunning natural areas surrounding them just waiting to be explored," said Alpine Shop owner Russell Hollenbeck. "Hopefully, events like our Swap make it even easier for people to get outside and do just that."

For more information on specific times and Swap questions, please visit alpineshop.com.

About Alpine Shop
Alpine Shop began life in 1973 as a small climbing shop. Today, through its three locations in Kirkwood, Chesterfield and Columbia, Mo., it serves almost every type of outdoor enthusiast—be they backpackers, campers, cyclists, hikers, paddlers, skiers, snowboarders or climbers—with a friendly and knowledgeable staff, cutting edge products and a wide variety of how-to clinics for all activity levels. Alpine Shop just opened the virtual doors on its newest location, on-line at alpineshop.com.

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