When it comes to summer buying outdoor activity gear can get pricey. Playing in the hose won't cost you a dime (unless you include water costs), but pools, sports equipment and swim fins start to add up. Forget paying full price, here are a few things that are perfectly good second-hand:
1. Plastic Pools: Slip-n-slides will acquire holes over time, but hard plastic swimming pools are more durable and can be found for a fraction of the price used. They can be turned into water tables, sand boxes, swim spots or even a raised garden bed for your children to tend.
2. Kid-Sized Furniture: Kids obviously don't stay the same size forever and chances are that used child-size Adirondack chair is just as structurally sound as the day it was first purchased. Check for tables, chairs, swings, umbrellas and more.
3. Things With Wheels: Skates, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, bikes, trikes and even unicycles can easily be found on any Craigslist across the country — yes even if you live in a small town. Don't find something you like? Just wait a day and try again. They get listed often and sell often, just be ready to put a little elbow grease in when it comes to refreshing paint or giving a bike a once over to make sure the mechanics are up to snuff.
4. Playground Structures: From small plastic Little Tykes play houses to large wooden or metal playground equipment, you're sure to find something cool. Many folks who install large structures often list them for free or for low prices if you come remove them. Although there are more fun ways to spend a weekend, a day's worth of work may be preferable than the hundreds of dollars it would cost to buy new.
5. Large Sports Equipment: basketball goals, volleyball nets, even ping pong tables are all great finds. Often kids are super into one sport or another and when they move away from it, parents may look to clear up much needed space in the driveway or garage and fast!