Andy Colbert wants to share his love of outdoor adventure through his new business.
He’s encouraging people to get outside by opening Outdoor Augusta, a consignment store for recreational gear and apparel.
Colbert opened the store with his wife, Amy, on May 20 on Evans to Locks Road next to the Vineyard Wine Market near Evans Towne Center Boulevard.
They consign and sell outdoor gear as opposed to traditional sports gear.
“I’m into whitewater (rafting),” Colbert said. “I like climbing, anything with the adventure side of it.”
The store reflects his love of adrenaline and adventure.
“I lean more toward adventure stuff and outdoor recreational things like kayaking, skateboarding, wakeboarding, all that kind of stuff.”
As opposed to cleaning gear out of the garage to sell at a yard sale or online, Colbert found a way to allow people to pass their outdoor gear along to other enthusiasts while making a little money. The store will consign all kinds of gear and apparel to include kayaking, disc golf, climbing, hiking, running, wake boarding, skiing, camping, skate boarding, beach games, kickball, golf, SCUBA diving, and any other gear, accessories, apparel and books designed for outdoor fun.
“This kind of thing is picking up around here,” Colbert’s wife said. “I think it’ll do good.”
Colbert said he often buys used rafting and other equipment at festivals, shows and other venues. He’s seen similar consignment stores in other cities and wanted to bring that service to Evans.
“People that really get into the outdoors really take care of their stuff,” Colbert said. “I’ve always believed in buying these boats that way, or anything in general.
“Now it’s cool that we can do it that way. People are extremely excited about it.”
For those interested in testing the local waters, the store also rents inflatable yet durable boats, life jackets and pumps.
“They can take it to the lake, they can take it to the river,” Colbert said. ‘‘They can take it wherever they want. We do 24-hours rentals with it.”
With the state of the economy sometimes making extracurricular activities unaffordable, Colbert said his store offers cheaper options on quality gear.
Consignment stores have opened up throughout the county in recent years offering discounted prices for a variety of pre-owned items from clothing and toys to tools and antiques.
Columbia County officials said currently, 37 occupational licenses have been issued to those selling used goods, including traditional consignment and antique stores as well as those who operate individual spaces within those businesses.
Colbert said he offers pick-up service for those unable to bring their gear to the store.
“We’ll go pick up stuff from them if they don’t have means to bring it all out here to us,” Colbert said. “They can give us a call and tell what they’ve got going on. We’d be more than happy to go out and pick it up.”
Though it’s only just opened, the Colberts said they hope to expand the business to include rentals at lake parks and buying items as opposed to just consignment. The business Web site, www.outdooraugusta,com, also offers current levels for area rivers as well as bike and hiking trail information.
The store, located at 4414 Evans to Locks Road, is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and on Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.
For more information about items that can be consigned or consignment policies, visit www.outdooraugusta.com or call (706) 364-3668.