Switchback Sports consignment shop
May 20, 2011
Owner of Skis On the Run Patrick Fannon recently opened Switchback Sports, a sports equipment consignment store located at 1755 Bonanza Drive.
Fannon is enthusiastic that the shoulder season business ties-in with Skis On The Run, which he and his wife bought in 2008.
After each ski season, Fannon liquidates a lot of the used skis from the rental shop. The idea behind Switchback is to offer locals the opportunity to purchase demo and specialty gear for adults and kids, he explained.
Office Manager Melanie Van Delden is an LPGA and PGA teaching professional with more than 24 years of teaching experience. Van Delden will be assisting Fannon at Switchback providing expertise from the golf industry, including equipment by Adams, Callaway and TaylorMade.
Hoping to consign some high-end used gear, Van Delden explained that the more the consignment piece is worth, the larger the percentage the owner will receive.
"If you had a bike to sell that was worth $200, as the owner of the bike, you would get 60 percent and we would get 40 percent," she said.
The owner will receive 60 percent of the profit on items up to $500. The percentage returned on items worth more than $500 will increase by 5 percent for the owner, Van Delden explained.
"The wildcard is that we don’t know what we’ll receive. But we’re adamant about getting top quality gear and having a win-win for everybody," she said.
Using their resources in the golf, bike, and ski industries, Fannon explained that between Van Delden and himself, they will carefully monitor the in quality of equipment coming through Switchback.
"We have the relationships established and we’re hoping the business will take off in the next five months. This is a need-based idea for Park City," Fannon said.
Switchback will accept gently used fly fishing, hockey and lacrosse gear, along with golf, ski and snowboard equipment. "I wouldn’t be surprised if we got a kayak at some point," Fannon said.
The idea of the shop is not to accept someone’s 10-year old skis, Fannon explained "We don’t want to be in the business of selling $5 used ski thermals either," he said adding that Switchback only accepts equipment worth a starting price of approximately $75.
After partnering with a few bike shops in Moab, Fannon explained that Switchback has already received several 1-year old mountain and road bikes ranging from $500 to $3,000.
Park City has a lot of second homeowners and gear freaks people who get rid of their equipment after a year and want the new stuff, Fannon explained. "As a dad, I feel like I’m buying my kids new gear every year. I wanted to figure out a way to not have to do that," he said.