REI Flagship Store: "hit the REI" Top 5 Page for this destination Washington State Shopping Tip by richiecdisc
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REI is like an attraction in itself. Even if you are not looking to buy anything, if you have an interest in the great outdoors, you'll love walking around and checking out their equipment. This cooperative was set up by a climber couple back in 1938 and while it has become much more mainstream, it remains a cornerstone in the outdoor equipment market. Members pay $20 once and receive 10% of their purchases back at the end of the year. Non-members may also shop there.
The one is Seattle is the original flagship store. It's massive and quite a sight. There is a big climbing wall as soon as you walk in and floors of great gear. You won't believe you are in a store strictly selling stuff for the great outdoors.
What to buy: What To Buy: REI carries mostly high end products though their own line of equipment, especially the tents are quite affordable. Tents, sleeping bags, mats, cookers, hiking poles, boots, and socks are all well-stocked. We replaced our tent at the one in Oakland on our recent trip when our old one kicked it. We got D some new boots at this Seattle store after she shredded her old pair with mega miles in the summer of 2008.
The also carry lots of great clothing, some perfect for hiking/backpacking so if looking to get into these sports, it's a great place to shop.
They have bikes, kayaks, and canoes. If it involves being outside, they have it.
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What to pay: Good equipment is not cheap and REI is not a bargain store but they are competitive.
One great time to go is for their used gear sales. We hit one while in Seattle. They open up the top floor and sell returned stuff. You have to do some hunting but there are some great deals to be found. I would be careful with boots. If returned, they may be leaking but clothing should be easy enough to see if they are okay.
Directions: In downtown Seattle.
Theme: Sporting Goods
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