About Us

About Us

We are a local family who are invested in our community and enjoy many outdoor activities in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. We both played sports growing up (soccer, basketball, track, baseball, softball, football, and badminton). Those experiences helped shape our formative years. Our two kids learned to swim at the local YMCA and are now on swim team. We enjoy biking the Cushman Trail, going for nature walks at Tacoma Nature Conservatory, rockhounding at Damon Point, golfing, wake surfing and cross country skiing as a family.

Our Mission at Playback Sports

Providing quality gear to the South Sound Community and Beyond, increasing access to sports participation, reducing waste, and giving back to our community.

Our History

Playback Sports opened its doors in January 2010, with the goal of getting unused sports gear out of storage, diverted from disposal, and back into circulation in the local community.  It moved to Tacoma’s Proctor District in April 2012. The business expanded in 2016 adding a second store serving Puyallup and the surrounding valley communities. We pivoted during the Pandemic. The Puyallup store closed in 2020 and in December 2021 we moved from Proctor to our current larger location on 6th Avenue and are expanding our online presence. Today, nearly 7,000 consignors make up the Playback Sports community of collaborative consumption.  It is not just about selling used sporting goods.  Playback Sports has successfully moved the needle, creating a new paradigm of reuse that is wholly accepted and supported by the community.

Our Passion Behind the Business

Playback Sports was born from a basement full of gear that needed to get back outside. It is a gathering place for forgotten gear that has been sitting unused in dusty basements, cold garages or up in attics to be discovered and matched with new families and sports enthusiasts to create memories together. It also allows quality gear to be accessible to more people and reduces barriers to physical activities and sports secondary to cost. It also keeps great stuff out of the landfills. Everyone loves to feel like they are part of the team and that they belong. Grass stains and mud, fresh air, lint from a tennis ball, splashing water and sunshine, elements that should be part of everyone’s world.

Let us, here at Playback Sports, be part of that for you and your family!

Let’s Keep the Gear Moving!