TCSD Cares Swap Meet Recap

Club Report: TriClub Swap Meet (insert logo)


Back in the middle of June, the TriClub held a Swap Meet fundraiser for TCSD Cares. It was an opportunity for individual seller and the Club’s sponsoring vendors to sell their wares to fellow triathletes. Merchandise ranged from bikes and bike parts like wheels, to clothing, shoes and transition bags. Zoot was there selling size-specific samples at deep discounts, Zoca was there selling discounted ITU merchandise, as was Koz Enterprises selling past race t-shirts.

Gino and Renee Cinco of UCPT-Function Smart kindly hosted the event and invited special celebrity guest and Olympic silver medalist and 2012 Olympic hopeful, Meb Keflezighi, to make an appearance, sign autographs and pose for pictures. What a treat! UCPT also sponsored a raffle to benefit TCSD Cares. Proceeds from this raffle plus food sales, space fees and donated gear sold grossed over $1400 for the charity. Great job! I also heard that the Steve Pierce-Veterans and Athletes Fundraiser (SPVAF) charity also raised quite a bit of money selling gear at their table. Excellent work! It was truly a successful fundraiser for everyone.

Feedback has been very positive and in favor of more Swap Meets and perhaps even two per year. A recent survey indicated interest in having one in the spring and one in the fall, so pre- and post-season. If the Club only had one, springtime was the most popular time. Other feedback about the location, day and time proved that this past event was pretty well dialed. Having it later in the day to accommodate long-rides on Saturday would be helpful according to some survey takers. That’s easy to do!  The BBQ was popular and sold out quickly. We had to make a ‘burger-run” midway through the event.  In hindsight we should have offered more veggie options, as we have a lot of vegetarians in the Club. Good feedback – thank you! The donation jar was a great way to cover the food costs and raise quite a bit of money for the cause.

The selection of gear received high marks in the survey especially the deeply discounted vendor gear. For me personally, I sold about a hundred dollars’ worth of gear but ended up spending a couple of hundred dollars on “new” stuff at bargain prices. Some feedback suggested getting more of the Club’s sponsors to donate gift certificates to raffle off as a charity donation. Great idea! Shoppers also liked being able to bargain with various sellers and the gear they got.

Last but not least, a big shoutout to all the peeps that made this awesome event happen; all from just my need to clear out my triathlon closet and do something good for TCSD Cares! What a great team!

THANK YOU: Christy Fuston –> for a great logo and flyer! James I. and Dean S.–> for getting the word out on Facebook, craigslist, and the TCSD newsletter.  UCPT providers –> for donating their services for the raffle. Maiya Cinco and Kai Cinco –> raffle ticket sales and overall support. Joe, Debbie, and Max –> for working the grill, making the SECOND food run, being the first to show up, and the last to leave. Sharon –> food prep extraordinaire. Jerry, James, Jill, Judy, Thao –> the set up/food delivery/photo/sales crew. Paula, Brian (the other half of Team Jones), Laura, and Sharla –> for overall support, working the TCSD tent, and keeping things going. Trisha and all others who dropped by –> for donating items to the TCSD Cares table. Steve Tally and Dean Rosenberg –> for donating “big ticket” items for TCSD Cares to sell. Bike Bling, Koz Enterprises, UCPT, Zoca, and Zoot –> our club sponsors who supported the event. AJ, Jay, Dean, Ray, and Rob –> these guys stuck around to the very end, making sure that the van was packed up and that we left UCPT better than we found it!

What’s next?  If the Club wants to move forward with another Swap Meet this year, we’ll have to find a good date in the fall. Next a small team of volunteers is needed to divvy up the work getting a good group of sellers and buyers together to make it work. If you are interested in helping out in anyway, please email TCSD Cares and we’ll contact you!






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