Rambleraven Gear Trader, formerly NW Outdoors, sells and consigns gear for pretty much every sport and activity that Out There Outdoors magazine promotes. It’s a welcoming shop with a great selection of gently used gear and apparel, along with a broad array of brand new items. Consign for a Cause is a unique program that owner, Mark Schneider, developed in the past month in order raise funds for local conservation and recreation-focused non-profits. With Consign for a Cause, you can convert gear that you don’t want or no longer use into clean, empty space for yourself and financial support for your favorite organization. All you do is gather up your clean, functional and outdoor-relevant gear and clothing, and drop it off at the shop. Rambleraven Gear Trader takes care of the rest. Between 70 and 80% of the proceeds go directly to the non-profit of your choosing. 

The non-profit list includes Washington Trails Association, Evergreen East Mountain Bike Alliance, Dishman Hills Conservancy, Inland Northwest Land Conservancy, Bower Climbing Coalition, Friends of the Bluff, Northwest Whitewater Association, and Peak 7 Adventures. “Not long after I first opened the shop, I was thinking of creative ways to give back to the outdoor community since I wasn’t always available to help with dig days and the business wasn’t healthy enough to donate cash,” says Schneider.  “I enjoy trail work and participate when I can find the time, but I knew there had to be other opportunities.” 

Schneider frequently shows up at local trail work days, and he often helps with a number of trail projects around the region. He believes our regional quality of life is closely tied to the great outdoors, and he wants all of the non-profits to succeed at their respective missions. He also admits there is room to expand the program, and after a few months, he will probably add to the list of recipients for Consign for a Cause. “I think this is the best way to ensure that your gear and clothing reach someone who will use those items to their full potential, while giving back to the land we all love. Consignment is much easier than holding a garage sale, or selling individual items online,” says Schneider. “We make the consignment process as simple as possible, and with Consign for a Cause, you get the satisfaction of knowing that your donations will go to help maintain and protect our public lands.” 

If you have a kayak or tent or backpack you no longer use, or if your kids have outgrown those bikes in your garage, then consider donating those items to Consign for a Cause.

Find complete program details at Rambleraven.com/pages/consign-for-a-cause.