Loaded with new and used spring and summer outdoor gear and clothing

Midcoast Sport Exchange moves to Camden, expands store

Wed, 04/19/2023 - 10:30am

CAMDEN—With spring gradually fading in, people’s thoughts are turning to outdoor activities, such as hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and other recreation.

Midcoast Sports Exchange, a center for used and new sports equipment and recreational gear,  is run by Justin Hovey, who always had his sights on a bigger space, even upon initially opening. PenBay Pilot covered its initial opening back in November of 2022 in Rockport.

When the old KeyBank building in the Camden Market Square, on Route 1 became vacant, Hovey jumped on the opportunity.

“You never know what’s going to roll in here. The funny part is, what you’d think won’t sell, sells right away. I had an old trendy thermos a guy brought in. He was like, ‘Do you even want this?’ It got snatched up the next day. The new owner was super excited to find it as a gift for his dad.”

– Justin Hovey

“I was at max capacity in the old spot, and I got a ton of new stuff, so this worked out perfectly,” he said. “We re-opened just before Christmas.”

Originally, thinking that his business inventory would rotate with the seasons, he now has a full basement dedicated to winter sports and gear year-round, which he calls The Snow Cave.

For spring and summer, Hovey has areas of the new store dedicated to fishing poles and gear, camping, pickleball, watersports, sailing, golf, and even hard-to-find New England clothing, such as original L.L. Bean boots. He’ll also have bigger items such as boats and bikes displayed outside the building.

People in the area who have sports equipment or recreational gear (no firearms) to sell on consignment, may contact Hovey at info@mserockport.com

For more information visit: www.mserockport.com or on Facebook

Kay Stephens can be reached at news@penbaypilot.com