Recycling, reducing waste and reusing items has always been hip in Corvallis.

And now that extends to camping, hiking, climbing and other outdoors gear.

The Peak Sports Annex opened up in July, and residents can bring in their gently used items and clothing for consignment.

“Almost everything we sell new in the outdoor store is also sold here, with the notable exception of boats,” said Larry Desaulniers, who has worked at Peak Sports since 1994 and took ownership of the business last October.

The Peak Sports Annex also has bicycle components, as well as some cycling gear and a few bikes.

“People are excited about this being here, really excited about it,” Desaulniers said. And that’s because it will help out the community.

Some residents can’t afford brand new gear, and others have closets full of backpacking items they don’t use anymore.

“A lot of our staff brought in a crazy amounts of stuff that they had. I know I did,” Desaulniers said.

The oddest piece that’s come in so far is a solar oven.

Desaulniers said he’s looking forward to receiving fall and winter items, such as skis, snowshoes, heavier clothing and stationary bicycle trainers.

Jesse Rappaport of Corvallis was checking out the Peak Sports Annex recently and liked what he saw. Rappaport said that store filled a niche for the area.

“It’s awesome — a little more specialized outdoor gear,” he added.

Rappaport said that he knows what it’s like to get bitten by the equipment bug and upgrade. The Peak Sport Annex might alleviate feelings of guilt (and the hit to the wallet) when moving on from an item that might not be top of the line, but is in perfectly good shape and would last for years to come.

Consignment rates at the Peak Sports Annex start at 50 percent for items below $125, and go up to 80 percent for goods that sell for $500 or more.

People who sell items at the shop can also choose to take an extra 10 percent in store credit from the sale.

Desaulniers said that consignment rates are generous for the industry.

The space for the Annex was previously used for renting bicycles and doing repairs.

But Peak Sports remodeled its bike workshop last winter, and had additional room there for the rentals and repairs.

Desaulniers said that about the same time, he was at a trade show sitting next to another retailer who started out selling used gear. “It got me to thinking, ‘That’s something we don’t have in Corvallis that Peak Sports could do. I’m going to have a space to do that in,’” he added.

The Peak Sports Annex, 121 N.W. Second St., is open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information, call 541-754-6444 extension 320 or go to www.peaksportscorvallis.com.

Kyle Odegard can be reached at kyle.odegard@lee.net, 541-812-6077 or via Twitter @KyleOdegard.

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