Sporting goods ownership increased dramatically in the 1950s, thanks to an increase in disposable income and a tax-code change that classified basketballs as dependents. Take a rubber ball under your wing with this Groupon.
- $15 for $30 worth of sports gear and equipment
Play It Again Sports
Since 1989, Play It Again Sports has been keeping sports green, recycling gently used athletic equipment into new-to-you gear. Products from brands such as Nike, Adidas, and Wilson make up each store's enormous selection of new and recycled gear, which is replenished daily with goods for a wide selection of sports that range from baseball, hockey, soccer, and football to snowboarding, skis, ice skates, inline skates, kayaks, and bicycles. Treadmills and exercise bikes equip bodies with muscular suits of armor, and pintsize and adolescent equipment arms youngsters with protective padding until they eat enough bologna to grow muscles of their own. Knowledgeable staffers man each location, ready to answer questions, arrange gear deliveries or pick-ups, and even sharpen skates or wax snowboards. To ensure their stock remains robust, they also encourage athletes to collect their lightly used gear—including bicycles—and bring it into a local store to either sell or trade.