By Hannah Condon
Are you tired of buying new sports equipment for you or your children season after season? Do you want to find deals that are reasonable? Maybe just a place where you can give back sports equipment and exercise equipment that you haven’t used.
Play It Again Sports is the place for you! Geoff Gray, the owner, bought this franchise in the year 2000. Recycled sports equipment is something which everyone can afford. This is not a consignment shop; this shop sells new and used sporting goods equipment. So there is no fee to sell or trade your items.
“Not everyone can afford new equipment and this store gives people a place to get rid of their used equipment buy what they need and make some money,” said Gray.
Play It Again Sports caters to all ages from the young who are just starting to play sports for the first time to the seniors who are just trying to keep in shape. Everybody is welcome.
With so many sports now a days, their biggest sport selection is baseball and softball. Second is fitness, then golf. Bats, gloves, and baseball accessories are their best sellers but they also sell cleats. Football, baseball, and soccer cleats are all sold there.
“Some people are hesitant on buying second hand cleats but we sell many. We also clean them up and sell them at a very low price depending on condition. Look at what new cleats sell for today and you will see that Play it Again Sports should be your first pick,” said Gray.
Buying and trading is a big part of this business. Many people wonder how store policies may work. With Play It Again Sports, when an item is brought into the store they determine prices by the used retail price.
“A buy would be 30% of that retail price. Trade would be 40% for other items in the store. Then consignment would be 50% of the retail price after it sells,” said Gray.
The return policy is also great also. Any new item may be returned with 30 days if the item was unused. For the used items you must return them within 7 days and you will receive an in store credit.
To all players, coaches, and parents in the area who have kids in little leagues you may be eligible for a discount. So have you group contact Gray and see if you can work out any deals.
Bert McKinny has been a loyal customer to Play It Again Sports since 1995; he is also a baseball coach who looks for baseball gear to give to not only his kids but also his players. What made him stay loyal to Play It Again Sports are the friendships he developed through out the years with the staff.
“They know me by name and are very welcoming every time I walk through the door,” said McKinny.
Friendships are not the only thing that McKinny likes about this business.
“Best thing about Play It Again Sports is when you take stuff in to sell you’re able to pay it forward for the kids that want to try out a new sport. So they’re able to get good used equipment to get started. If it doesn’t work for them they’re able to come back and resell the product so someone else can try it,” said McKinny.
Word around town is that Gray maybe selling the business. His family moved here 15 years ago from Florida and now they are moving back. Gray will be here until he finds the perfect person to take over. So if you are interested in owning your own business and love sports this may be the perfect fit for you.
“This is a great family business with positive growth from the last few years. The franchise parent company is very helpful and gives much support. It’s been a fun business and I have seen many of our customers who were kids growing up shopping at the store,” said Gray.
If you have any questions you can contact Play It Again Sports at (859) 282-6565 and they are located at 8449 US 42 Florence, KY 41042. You can also find them on theirFacebook page called Play It Again Sports-Florence, KY.