The Livingston area community will remember 2014 as the year GLOATS hit the scene!! The concept behind GLOATS, acronym for Greater Livingston Outdoor Adventure Toy Swap, was hatched by the folks at Timber Trails and is a welcomed addition for the annual Livingston events calendar. If you are familiar with the Bozeman Ski Swap, then you will understand how this event means to serve a variety of needs in the Livingston community.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park and Sweet Grass Counties is thrilled to be working on such a cool, community-centric project and honored to be the chosen recipient of a percentage of the proceeds. Here are a few things the event hopes to achieve: open a space for people to unload gear they no longer use and put it in the hands of people who will use and appreciate it; offer gently used, name brand gear at bargain prices; inspire people to shop locally and support the businesses that support the non-profits in our community; and support kids in this community. This looks like a win-win all around.
The admission price for this event is $0! There will be no entrance fee for shoppers! Buy or sell gently used, high quality fishing, camping, hunting, boating, hiking, skiing, biking and equine tack gear at the Park County Fairgrounds from 10 am to 5 pm Saturday, May 6th, 2017. There’s a small processing fee of $2 per item to consign your gear to the lot of goods for sale. (Disclaimer: GLOATS will not accept firearms, used baby/toddler carriers, helmets or ammunition.) Any unsold items must be collected by the seller between 3-5 pm Saturday. Any item not collect by 5 pm becomes donated property.
Many Livingston businesses are participating in GLOATS. When you attend GLOATS on Saturday, May 6th, you will be handed materials that will tell you about all the businesses that will be offering special incentives for swap attendees.
Some of Livingston’s favorite eateries will also be offering special incentives for swap attendees.
Participating businesses have contributed over $500 in gift certificates to be given away to swap attendees.
So, by now you may be asking yourself “why is GLOATS information on Big Brothers Big Sisters’ website?” BBBS of Park County was approached and asked to handle the logistics of this event in exchange for a percentage of the proceeds. We enthusiastically accepted the challenge. BBBS will receive 20% of all dollars raised at this event.
Where does the money come from?
People bring their used, quality outdoor gear to either Timber Trails during normal business hours on Wednesday or Thursday, May 3rd and 4th (tack goes to Spur Line) or you can go to the fairgrounds on Friday, May 5th between 12 and 7 pm for evaluation and check in. No junk please! GLOATS only accepts good quality used gear. Also, BBBS and Timber Trails are not appraisers…you will need to attach the value of your items. 20% of your asking price goes directly to BBBS and 80% goes back to you, the seller. You are welcome to donate items and have all the proceeds go directly to BBBS as well. (No gear drop off on the day of the swap!)
There is a space for anyone who wants to play a role in GLOATS. Whether you have items to sell, you wish to donate items, your business wishes to be involved, you’re in the market for some gently used gear, you’re looking for new outdoor gear or you want to volunteer some personal time to help with the event, GLOATS has a place for you.
Further inquiries should be directed to:
Timber Trails 222-9550
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Park and Sweet Grass Counties 222-1930
List of participating businesses:
At Home on the Range, Chadz, Coffee Creek Espresso, Coffee Crossing, Copper Moose Oil & Vinegar Tap House, Gil’s Goods, Gourmet Cellar, Jumping Off Point, Katabatic Brewing Co., Livingston ’s ACE Hardware, Livingston Area Chamber, Livingston Bakery & Bodega, Livingston Business Improvement District, The Livingston Enterprise, Montana Cup Coffee House and Bakery, Montana’s Rib & Chop House, Neptune’s Brewery, Northern Pacific Beanery, Pickle Barrel, Pinky’s, 2nd Street Bistro, Spur Line, Sweet Water Fly Shop, The Sport Bar & Grill, The Stockman & Timber Trails.
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