Playing sports is a great way to have fun and stay in shape. But when you’re outfitting your whole family, it can become an expensive endeavor – especially when new sizes and styles are regularly needed. The Twin Cities boasts a number of great stores that can help keep you equipped without breaking the bank. Check out this list of the best stores that carry used sporting goods (from basic sports to fitness goods to refurbished bikes) and get ready for your next season of fun.
Way To Go Sports
4755 County Road 101
Minnetonka, MN 55345
(952) 378-1014

Way to Go Sports is a great place to pick up gear for your children before their next sports season starts. Recognizing that kids grow and interests wax and wane faster than the lifespan of sporting goods, this west metro store buys and sells gently-used goods. Need to trade up for a slightly larger baseball mitt or get rid of those soccer cleats that are no longer comfortable? Bring them in, and Way to Go Sports will buy your sports gear for cash. It carries and buys items for most sports including baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis and volleyball, as well as specialty sports like skiing, hockey and water sports.

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2nd Wind Exercise
6819 Wayzata Blvd
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
(952) 544-2540

Looking to beef up your home gym or even just get started? Consider 2nd Wind Exercise. This sporting goods store offers gently-used and brand new, close-out equipment including dumbbells and plates, recumbent bikes, ellipticals and treadmills. Check it out in its St. Louis Park location to see the latest deals and steals or chat with a personal trainer to determine the right equipment to invest in, quickly improving the quality of your workout. Selections include items from Spri, Lifefitness, Octane and Cybex.

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Play It Again Sports
2020 S Roberts St
West St. Paul, MN 55118
(651) 451-1255

Play It Again Sports is one of those great places that hits the right mix of quality and variety. It buys, sells and trades sporting goods including items for your favorite recreational sport or home-fitness equipment. With its competitive buy-back program, you can sell gently-used sporting goods back to Play It Again for cash or store credit (especially useful if you need to trade up for a different size or style), or take advantage of the great prices on used items already in store. Selection varies slightly from season to season, but the store tries to match inventory to the items that will be in hottest demand. Shop knowing that you can find what you need when you need it.

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Express Bike Shop
1158 Selby Ave
St. Paul, MN 55104
(651) 644-9660

For more than 15 years, Express Bike Shop has been reselling high-quality, pre-owned bikes and doing good in the neighborhood. Refurbished on site with an eclectic collection of styles and ages, buying a bike at Express is a guarantee in owning something that will be well loved, whatever your biking prowess. It also offers a repair service and carries accessories and parts to enhance your ride. Best of all, the shop is a force for good – this non-profit provides local youth with the opportunity to learn key skills and certify themselves in bike repair and small business operations.

Instant Replay Sports Equipment
8913 Penn Ave S
Bloomington, MN 55431
(952) 888-1898

If the winters had left any room for doubt, the presence of Instant Replay Sports fixes that – Minnesota isthe state of hockey. And as any parent of a hockey player knows, that love of the sport doesn’t come cheap. Instant Replay prides itself on offering a top-notch selection of new and used hockey and broomball equipment at great prices so that you can keep on playing. Its south metro location means that it’s conveniently located and its rotation stock means you’ll always find a great deal. Looking to outfit a team? Talk to Instant Replay Sports about its group packages.

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