How to prep your gear for consignment

Prep gear for consignment. Tent set up by river, and stone campfire nearby. Janky gear hopes to keep your gear in the wild.

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.

When bringing in gear, such as tents and camp stoves, pictures and/or videos are great for us to offer proof of condition to our customers. 

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.

We can sell slightly damaged gear, but all imperfections need to be disclosed at time of consignment. Otherwise your gear is subject to deep discounts. 


Check for damage to poles, rainflys, and zippers. Be sure to clean out dirt, mud and debris. Spot clean with a damp sponge or rag. Do not use detergent. If necessary, use a tent/gear cleaner for tough spots. Be sure to fully dry.

Often seams begin to delaminate. Re-seal seams with seam tape. Flaking of the the coating can be mitigated by re-coating with polyurethane. Apply a waterproof treatment if your rain fly doesn't bead the water off.

    Sleeping Bag

    Identify what your bag is made out of. Be very cautious of washing down. Do not wash with a normal laundry detergent/fabric softeners. Down sleeping bags may be 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. If you pad is 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

    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.

    Be sure to brush off mud.


    Check for damage of zippers. Look for holes. Vacuum out. Brush off mud and dirt with damp cloth or sponge. Air Dry

    Outdoor Clothing

    Wash. Check pockets. And for the love of God, get the dog hair off of it.