If you’re like many Westport families, your house is filled with things your kids have grown out of, moved on from or otherwise discarded: Clothes. Toys. Sports equipment.
Greg DiLenge can’t unclutter your home of clothes or toys. But those too-small skates, extra lacrosse sticks and unused skis?
Take ’em from the basement to the attic. The Sports Attic.
He’s still buying “quality secondhand sporting equipment.” He’s in the midst of a soft opening — but he offers cash on the spot.
Or you can check out the amply stocked shelves, and buy gear — inexpensively — for your kid who may (or may not) end up loving a sport.
Growing up, Greg did. “To me, sports have always evoked a sense of responsibility,” the Philadelphia native says.
“They taught me the value of working with others. Sports encouraged a sense of self. I love the camaraderie of playing sports, and am in awe of the discipline required to be an elite athlete.”
But he knows not everyone will reach that goal, or wants to.
He knows too that not everyone can afford sports equipment.
As a kid, Greg loved hockey. But there was not enough money for both him and his brother to play. So they flipped a coin. Greg lost, and got basketball. His brother went on to play hockey at Penn State.
Greg cheered him on. But he always wondered, “What if…?”
For many years, Greg worked traded commodities in New York — while looking for a lifestyle change. His uncle started a new and quality pre-owned sporting goods store in Westchester over 15 years ago. The business model attracted Greg.
Now — with his 1st child due later this month — Greg is ready to make that leap. It’s the perfect time to launch a new business aimed at helping kids.
“We want to be more than a store,” Greg says. “We want to connect with families, schools, camps and local sports organizations, to collaborate and help each other.”
His goal is to provide “an interesting alternative for acquiring sports equipment.”
Though Greg loves all sports, he has a soft spot for hockey and lacrosse. Both are expensive — and can be daunting for parents who don’t know if their children will follow through.
Greg has reached out to major vendors, amassing “starter” kits to help soften the sting on wallets.
His narrow shop is rapidly filling with sports gear. His goal is to turn it over rapidly — buying good-quality equipment from parents whose kids have outgrown or discarded it, then selling it to others whose kids are just starting out.
And when those youngsters move up or on — well, Sports Attic will be there for them too.