Without the proper athletic equipment, hockey players are forced to use orange slices in place of mouth guards and soccer players must fend off shin kicks with imploring Post-It notes. Stave off sports hooligans with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of new and used merchandise at Play It Again Sports. This Groupon is valid at the Pacific Beach and La Mesa locations.
The staffers at Play It Again Sports line shelves upon shelves with new and used equipment to outfit adults and kids for dozens of athletic ventures. Scores of subtly used merchandise, perfect for replacing equipment that children have grown out of because of rampant milk abuse, arrive fresh every week and boast brand names such as Adidas, Quiksilver, Wilson, and Easton. Staff members enthusiastically spruce up gear during a snowboard waxing ($12), snowboard tune-up ($28), or skate sharpening ($5). Swimmers can maneuver underwater effortlessly with snorkeling sets ($19–$39), wetsuits ($24–$199), and workout gear ($12–$49), which helps fend off sharks with the age-old threat of a knuckle sandwich. Pick up a golf driver ($9–$99), or apply your Groupon toward a larger purchase such as a used bike ($49–$190) or GoPro action camera ($279–$299).
Play It Again Sports
Youngsters who have outgrown their gear and adults picking up a new sport can outfit themselves with selections from Play It Again Sports, the largest sporting-goods resale franchise in North America. For the last 25 years, the Pacific Beach location set itself apart, garnering both the parent company's Store of the Year and Heritage award and is one of the top performers in the nation. As in all the stores nationwide, brand-name equipment—from popular makers such as Diamondback, Bodyglove, and Wilson—shines in San Diego's displays alongside gently used wares. This gear helps equip competitive athletes playing sports from soccer and golf to surfing and biking. Patrons can also trade in or receive cash for their equipment, provided that it is still in working condition, and put that money toward new or used gear.