Sun Sentinel/BRIAN GASKINS
July 18, 2003
These are for-profit stores that buy used merchandise from individuals, mark up the price, and resell it at substantially below retail. Play It Again Sports a chain of 360 stores, illustrates the bargain concept perfectly: Kids often lose interest in sports, or they simply outgrow their shin guards, cleats, skis, boots, skates, or whatever, long before the expensive equipment wears out.
Winmark, the franchisor of Play It Again Sports, also franchises Once Upon A Child (secondhand children's clothing, toys, furniture, and equipment), Plato's Closet (teen clothing and accessories), and Music Go Round musical instruments, speakers, amplifiers, and related electronics).
Tips: Never pay retail to equip a child's often fleeting interests. Buy used. See if you can sell the stuff you did pay full price for to a secondhand shop.