Ah... nothing says "spring is here," like the annual Attic Sale at REI! We get in line early but whether you see us or not, go if you need gear and don't mind that some one else had it first and returned it.
Several REI stores are holding their Attic Sales the same day. We like the Bailey's Crossroads store, ourselves.
REI life time membership is about 25 bucks. Totally worth it.