Hobby fun without the expense
EVER had dreams of performing in front of adoring crowds as a classical violinist, making it big as an elite figure skater, or becoming the world’s next Tiger Woods?
Many of us have harboured ambitions to excel in some type of pursuit and spent hundreds of dollars on the items that can help us achieve our dreams.
Often, though, these new hobbies don’t last and before long the expensive ice skates or golf clubs that friends warned you not to buy are relegated to the back of the garage.
Before purchasing expensive new equipment for a pursuit that might only last six months, consider checking out the secondhand alternatives.
Shael Dawson, manager of iconic Fortitude Valley store Monty’s Pawnbrokers, said buying pre-loved goods for a new hobby made sense.
"If it’s a hobby that you’re just starting off with you don’t want to be spending too much," Mr Dawson said.
"For instance, so many people want to play the guitar but from personal experience it’s not as simple as it seems. Why would you spend $500 on a new guitar when you can get one for $100, play for six months and then decide whether you’re in love with it or if it’s just a phase.
"Instead of buying a cheap, brand new guitar, you can get a second hand, better guitar for the same price."
The Weekend Shopper has a range of pre-loved sporting and hobby items available each week, from karate suits to tap shoes and ice skates.
Future rock stars can find discounted prices on good quality musical instruments, from acoustic and electric guitars to cellos, clarinets and flutes.
Fishing rods and reels start at about $30 and range up to several hundred dollars, while golf club sets are priced on average between $50 and $500, depending on the quality.
There are also abundant golfing accessories available, from gloves and shoes to balls, bags and buggies.
Those who have been toying with the idea of donning some whites and taking up bowls can grab a bargain on a good quality set of lawn bowls for between $150 and $400 on average.
Mr Dawson said when buying preloved it paid to be selective to ensure the items were still in good working order.
"Even if it’s second hand you don’t want something that is trashed," he said.
"Also, depending on how much money you have, consider the brand."
If you’re one of those whose dream pursuit has not worked out, all is not lost.
Items from past hobbies can be sold through the Shopper – and if it costs less than $500 you can advertise for free.