Corvallis Ski Swap

Frequently Asked Questions


Consignment Information

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When is the Corvallis Ski Swap held?

The 2nd to last weekend of October.

Where is it held?

At the Benton County Fairgrounds, 110 SW 53rd Street, Corvallis, Oregon. See map and directions.

What sorts of items might I find at the Corvallis Ski Swap?

Mostly new and and some used items for adults and children - over 4,000 items
Examples: all sorts and sizes of skis, bindings, ski boots and poles. Snowboards, bindings and boots. Helmets. Coats - warm, water resistant, shells. Fleece. Pants, mostly for outdoor wear. Mittens, gloves, hats, scarves. Long-underwear. Snowshoes. Goggles. And other things. In the past we have had: snow shovels, small packs, ski bags, snowboard bags.
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diagram of location of items.

When is the sale?

Friday - 6 pm to 9 pm
Saturday - 9 am to 6 pm.

I've heard that tickets are available for Friday - how does that work?

Tickets are required for Friday admission. Tickets are available starting at noon on Friday. All tickets allow one persion to enter. There are 2 types of tickets: regular admission tickets which cost $1 and early entry tickets for $20 (see below for more information). Each ticket has a number and reads "Be in line by 5:45 pm in numbered order or forfeit your spot". This allows for crowd control and limits the amount of time shoppers must wait in line to get in to the sale. It is possible to pay $1 at the door to enter, after ticket holders have entered.
Tickets are NOT needed on Saturday.
Tickets are good for Corvallis Ski Swap ONLY.

Corvallis Ski Swap started using a ticket system around 2000. Lines were starting to form at 3:30pm for the 6pm opening of the sale, and the crowding was causing issues around the building. The ticket system has greatly helped with this issue. Please note, some people start waiting for tickets before 11am, for the 12 noon start of ticket sales.

What are the early entry tickets?

New for the 2014 Corvallis Ski Swap, 50 tickets will be available for $20 each on a first come first served basis. These tickets will allow the holder of the ticket to enter the swap at 5:30pm, 30 minutes before the doors regularly open. The 50 ticket holders will have 30 minutes of shopping without the crowds. Additional information will be provided to the purchaser regarding where to enter, etc.

Is there a limit to the number of tickets one person can buy?

Yes. Ticket sales are limited to 10 per person. Tickets are good for Corvallis Ski Swap ONLY.

What sorts of payment methods to you accept?

For consignment fees and ticket purchases - Corvallis Ski Swap accepts cash and personal checks only.
For the sale - Corvallis Ski Swap accepts cash and personal checks with appropriate identification. We also accept VISA, Mastercard and Discover Card. We accept debit cards with the VISA/Mastercard logos on them. We do not have the separate PIN pad required for some types of debit cards. Sorry.

Who benefits from the proceeds of the Corvallis Ski Swap?

Two non-profit organizations: Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit and Santiam Pass Ski Patrol.

How do I find out more about the organizations Corvallis Ski Swap benefits?

Find more information at their respective web sites:
http://CorvallisMountainRescue.org - Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit
http://www.SantiamPassSkiPatrol.org - Santiam Pass Ski Patrol

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When are consignments accepted?

Thursday - NOON to 9 pm. The opening time changed for the 2012 Ski Swap.
Friday - 9 am to 5 pm.

Is there a charge for consignments?

Yes, there is a non-refundable fee of 50 cents per item submitted for sale.
There is a 20% commission on all items sold. For example, if you sell something for $20, you will receive $16.

Does consigned equipment have to meet any standards?

Yes. Equipment must meet minimum acceptable standards set by Corvallis Ski Swap.

Alpine boots must conform to DIN 7880.
Equipment found to be damaged or in bad repair may be removed from the sale.
Clothing must be clean and in good repair.
Alpine bindings must be indemnified. Why? Manufacturers will not stand behind unindemnified bindings and ski shops will probably refuse to work on them.
The indemnified binding list was made available for free by the National Ski & Snowboard Retailers Association (NSSRA). In 2011 they changed their policy and there is now a fee. We will have copies of the indemnified binding list at the Ski Swap for you to review, Volunteers will check your bindings.

Please note: if you bring a box or some sort of loose piece not integral to what you are consigning - it may not come back to you if your item is not sold.

Will you help me price my gear?

We will not tell you what to sell your items for but, we post information about what similar items sold for at last year's Ski Swap. A couple of questions you might ask yourself is "What would I pay for this used item?" and "How much do I want this to go away?"

I want to change a price on an item I already consigned, what do I need to do?

The consignment receipt is required in order to change the price on a previously consigned item.

When do I pick up my money or consignment items?

Sunday - 9 am to 4 pm. The closing time changed for the 2012 Ski Swap.

Do I need anything to pick up my money and/or items?

The receipt provided at the time the consigned items were dropped off. Or photo ID.

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What happens if I am unable to pick up my money/items?

Thank you for your donation that will benefit Santiam Pass Ski Patrol and Corvallis Mountain Rescue Unit!

Are donations tax deductible?

Yes. Corvallis Ski Swap, Inc. is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit. We are happy to provide a receipt for donated items.

What happens to donated items?

They are sold, or if they are not saleable, they are disposed of.

* * * Corvallis Ski Swap Inc. is not responsible for loss of or damage to consigned equipment. * * *

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