Where to Buy Wooden Skis
By Erik Neilson
, last updated January 2, 2012
For those who are interested in purchasing wooden skis, figuring out where to buy them can be much easier said than done. In today’s world, modern technology has all but removed wooden skis from the market entirely, as many people believe there are much better ways of constructing skis for speed and durability. Bearing this in mind, there is a special plays in many peoples’ hearts for wooden skis, especially given the nostalgia that they typically elicit. While finding wooden skis to buy may not be easy, it’s far from impossible given the fact that there are a variety of different routes that one could take. The following are just three methods of purchasing wooden skis, all of which can be effective.
Shopping online is probably the most popular method of securing a pair of wooden skis today. After all, many people do 90% of their shopping on the Internet, and it should stand to reason that vintage skis are often sold in this venue. There are a variety of websites online that specialize in selling wooden skis, many of which offer pricing that could never be found at physical retailers. Woodenskis.com is an excellent resource, and offers a great deal of information for anyone who is looking to purchase both new and vintage wooden skis from producers around the world. For those who are looking for custom-built wooden skis, outsidego.com is the place to visit. You can also find a few different types of wooden skis on Amazon.com, including the Lucky Bums Heirloom Collection, which can also be found at altrec.com and are ideal for those who have never owned a pair of wooden skis.
Local Classifieds & Thrift Stores
One of the best ways to find a great pair of vintage wooden skis is to look in your local classifieds. Classifieds can come in the form of an online board, newspaper column or paper journal, and are perfect for those who wish to purchase items locally that cannot be found at retail stores. Since most classified ads for wooden skis are placed by the original owner, your chances of stumbling upon a pair of skis that is in excellent condition are quite high.
Vintage thrift stores are becoming more and more popular these days, popping up in cities and towns throughout the country at a heavy clip. Visiting a vintage thrift store is a great way to stumble upon a great pair of wooden skis, especially if you live in a cold-climate area in which vintage wooden skis might be found more commonly than in other areas. In addition, these types of stores typically sell their goods for exceptionally fair prices; something that cannot always be said for online merchants. Perhaps the best reason to shop for wooden skis at a vintage thrift store is that doing so allows you to inspect the skis in person, the contrary of which is the major downfall of shopping for wooden skis online. Since thrift stores rotate their merchandise regularly, be sure to check back often for new items for sale.