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 Gear Swap location
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 How to sell/buy gear in the swap
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Next Gear Swap: September 2012

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The Gear Swap Commitee - for almost everything,

Staff contact: Johnnie Carlson (916)-442-3155 x211

DAY OF EVENT CALL (510) B1G-B1RD (214-2173)

Volunteers needed!

The gear swap can use lots of volunteers!  We are looking for both folks with gear knowledge and those who can just help keep the event running smoothly.  We need about 6 more volunteers for each day (Saturday & Sunday).  There will be drinks, snacks, and we will order lunch for all who commit to helping out with the gear swap!  Thank you, to sign up or learn more email:

FOR's Gear Swap


Come to the Gear Swap!

September 12-13, 2015

Henningsen Lotus Park in Coloma-Lotus


Need river gear?  Got too much?  Maybe you just want to make some money off that old bucket boat to buy your own self-bailer?  Come to FOR’s annual river gear swap at American River Festival, September 12 & 13, 2015 at Henningsen-Lotus Park in Lotus, California.  We already have an assortment of used kayaks, rafts, and boat frames with too many lifejackets and paddles to count and more!  Help keep the tradition alive by signing up to bring gear or volunteer.  A committee of experienced Gear Swap types are coming together to make this happen.   If you would like more information or want to get involved, please email our Gear Swap Coordinator, Greg "Big Bird" Gilmore at:

All price tags must be marked to include the 10% fee for selling thru the gear swap and 7.5% local sales tax of will be added to the price at check out.

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Gear Sawp Location:
Hennigsen-Lotus Park, 950 Lotus Road, Lotus, CA 95651

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Gear Swap Timeline

Volunteer Gear Drop windows Shop Claim unsold items By

Saturday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

Sunday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm

Two four-six hour shifts each day (am or pm)

To Volunteer

Starts at 9 am

9-10:00 am

Saturday: 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Sunday 9:00 am to 12:00 noon


Sunday no later than 12 noon!

(All items left after 12:00 non will become a donation to FOR and MAY BE SOLD)

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How to get your gear in the swap or buy items

To Sell: There is no need to make any prior arrangements to sell your gear on consignment at the FOR Gear Swap.  Just show up starting at 9:00 am on Saturday or on Sunday if you can't make it Saturday.  Be sure to tag all your gear with your full name, you will complete a contact sheet when you arrive and be given tags to price your items. All items left on consignment MUST BE CLAIMED no later than 12noon on Sunday.  FOR charges a 10% fee of the sales price (excluding tax) for items brought and sold on consignment plus the required sales tax for El Dorado county. All price tags must be marked to include the 10% fee for selling thru the gear swap and the local 7.5% sales tax of will be added to the price at check out.

To Buy: Shopping begins at 9:30 am on Saturday and closes at 4:00 pm that day.  We reopen for shopping on Sunday at 9:00 am and the last regular price sales must be concluded by 12:00 noon. All items left on consignment MUST BE CLAIMED no later than 12:00 noon on Sunday.

All sales are cash only - unless the seller is willing to take personal checks made out to them and the seller agrees to pay FOR cash to cover slaes taxes and the 10% consignment fee (you can check with the volunteers that day to see if a seller will accept checks and if there are any limitations) - FOR cannot accept checks for gear sales that are not FOR property.

All sales are final and all items are sold on an as-is basis with no warranties expressed or implied regarding the condition of the gear.


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