Amy Albert owns Replay Sports in Old Town in addition to her full-time job as a nurse.
OLD TOWN, Maine — For families with children who play sports year-round, affording new equipment for each season can be a major financial burden. It’s what inspired a sports mom from Bradley to find a way for families to get the gear they need without breaking the bank.
“I just had the idea that there has to be a better way,” said Amy Albert, owner of Replay Sports in Old Town. “There needs to be a place where people can bring their stuff, use it, and find affordable stuff.”
After being unable to find a place that did this in central and northern Maine, Albert took action. Last spring, it opened Replay Sports, originally in Bradley, to provide little-used sports equipment at a much lower cost.
“Bringing things in when they don’t need them anymore, getting the things they need, and hopefully making them more affordable,” were just a few of Albert’s goals. And those goals are coming to fruition. This year, Albert moved his store downtown Old Town to a larger space, due to the amount of equipment that was consigned there.
Albert now has gear for almost every major sport, available to buy or trade for outdated sports gear. It’s made life so much easier for other sports mom families like Melissa Soucier’s.
“Going to a brand name sporting goods store…who has the money to constantly spend all that money on something like that?” asked Soucier. “It’s expensive when you have more than one child.”
Soucier is now able to save more money to spend time with his family, instead of spending it on new equipment for different sports each season.
For some families, however, this difficulty in affording the equipment can also be a challenge in paying for the programs themselves. To help ease these pressures, the Bangor Department of Parks and Recreation, along with many other departments in the area, are looking to keep program costs low.
“If families can’t afford what we set for prices, if it’s out of their means, we have scholarships. Every family has a different situation, so we work with each family individually,” Debbie said. Genderau, Deputy Director of Parks and Recreation Bangor.
All with the goal of allowing more families to take their children out into the field.
“It’s for everyone, but hopefully it can provide for that kid who can’t play,” Albert said.
Replay Sports is open on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to allow Albert to practice his profession full time. It is also open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
You can visit the Replay Sports website here.