The Great Outdoors
Spring and summer is often the perfect time to explore the outdoors by hiking, camping, kayaking, or participating in other activities. Sometimes, though, these outdoor hobbies can be a bit expensive. Estate sales are the perfect place to find everything you need to enjoy the outdoors and at a reasonable price. Hiking gear like ropes, shoes, carabineers, compasses, and GPS systems can be very expensive and may burden your outdoor adventure. Brands of shoes and boots like La Sportiva and Ahnu are some of the most popular and durable brands. There are also other brands like Patagonia and The North Face that have a more all inclusive feel; they tend to make a little of everything. These two brands are quite pricey, but they are both reliable. When looking for portable GPS systems, think Garmin, as it is most often rated the highest overall in its field. If you’ll be hiking then most likely you’ll need a tent to sleep in and a backpack to store it in. So be sure to keep your eyes peeled for both of these items. Tents come in many sizes, and remember you’ll have to carry it on your back as your trek. Do not go cheap on your tent; you get exactly what you pay for! Brands like The North Face, REI, Sierra Designs, Moss and Wild Country are ones to keep a look out for. They often have all of the bells and whistles that you will need to keep you safe and dry. Estate sales will give you the opportunity to find these items, but remember to bring cash and get there early in order to ensure that you get the best selection possible!