How to prep your gear for consignment

How to prep your gear for consignment

June 26, 2021

Janky Gear takes top brands and high end used gear on consignment. Gear must be modern; made in the last 7 years (for the exception of retro gear) and is clean and functional.  There are many things to take into account when Janky Gear staff take in gear. We look at zippers and tags, we check for stains, holes, sun damage, and mold. Lastly, we do a sniff test.

We at Janky Gear believe that well-loved and well cared for gear can have long life, but we need to make sure that we are passing on cared for gear. Below are a few tricks and tips to make sure you will get top dollar for your gear.


Check for damage:

  • Tent poles
  • Lines
  • Ground Sheet
  • Zippers
  • Rain fly
  • Waterproofing of Rain Fly


  • Shake out dirt
  • Clean off dried mud with a brush
  • Spot clean with a damp sponge or rag. Do not use detergent. There are tent and gear cleaners on the market that are great for tough spots
  • Be sure to dry fully. Outside in the sunshine is perfect, but be sure to monitor not to dry in the sun too long.


  • Re-seal the seams if there are issues with delaminating seam tape.
  • Flaking of a coating my mean time to re coat with polyurethane.
  • Apply a waterproof treatment if your rain fly doesn’t bead the water off.

Sleeping Bag

Check for Damage

  • Tears
  • Zipper
  • Lumps and Clumps


  • Identify what your bag is made out of. Be cautious of washing down.
  • Do not wash with a normal laundry detergent. Do not use fabric softeners.
  • Do not use a top loading washing machine to wash a down sleeping bag.
  • Best to hand wash in a bathtub.
  • Use a wash kit. Purchase on


  • Use a low heat or cool cycle and throw in a few tennis balls to help break up clumps of down.
  • Hanging bag to dry can cause fabric damage

Tip: Using a sleeping bag liner can offer extra warmth and helps to minimize the number of times you have to wash your sleeping bag.

Sleeping Pad

Check for Damage

  • Inflatable- Check for leaks. Inflate and leave with weight for several hours.


  • Brush off dirt
  • Wash is damp cloth or sponge.

 Camp Kitchen


  • Wash your kitchen gear


  • Check to make sure the piezo igniter is working.
  • Clean off carbon

Hiking Boots

Check for Damage

  • Soles
  • Laces
  • Insoles
  • Waterproofing


  • Clean boots with a product that will not damage the waterproofing of the boot.
  • Dry at room temperature. Heat can melt or crack boots.
  • Store boots with newspaper inside. Helps with moisture and odor.


Check for Damage

  • Zippers
  • Holes
  • Straps
  • Clips


  • Vacuum out
  • Brush off mud and dirt with damp cloth or sponge
  • Air Dry