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Riverside Outfitters’ ‘Yard Sale’ bigger, better in 2014

Andy Thompson

October 30, 2014 11:05am

This Saturday (Nov. 1) at 10 a.m., our good friends at Riverside Outfitters will be holding their second annual “Yard Sale.” Last year most of the stuff they were selling — canoes, a few SUPs, a couple of mountain bikes, related sundries — was pretty well broken in, and thus deeply discounted (I bought a sweet 16-foot canoe for $400). This year, there’s more gear, it’s much newer, and it’s still a great bargain. And owner Matt Perry intends for it to be like this every fall.

riverside_outfitters2-550x220“If we can have new gear in the fleet every year, our maintenance budget is kept very small,” he said. “And if we’re left with used gear at the end of the sale, then we just use it again. Because none of it is old. Plus, ideally you have brand new stuff every year. Better customer experience.”

Perry, with help from Whit Brooks of the neighboring Whitworth Cycles, is selling 14 KHS mountain bikes; three Old Town canoes; 17(ish) Bic standup paddleboards; four tandem sit-on-top kayaks and 15 single sit-on-top kayaks, all made by Jackson. Not to mention paddles, rope bags and other such essentials.

The 26-inch wheel bikes ($350 and $310) and 15.8-foot-long canoes ($820) are just two seasons old, and most of kayaks ($300 for singles, $680 for tandems) and SUPs ($530) were bought this past spring. If you’re in the market for one of these items, I’m not sure you’re going to find a better deal. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, but I’m guessing most of the good stuff will be gone before noon. Check it out, and tell ’em RichmondOutside sent you!

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?