IANARE but I am a satisfied customer of REI garage sales. These are in store events, quite popular, and offer good bargains to the judicious customer. You get to handle the items and check for defects. These are sometimes referred to as "scratch and dent" sales'
Prices of often extremely reasonable. For ten bucks, I got a two burner camp stove with a defective (misaligned) piezo lighter that retailed for over $100. I have used it on field projects for two weeks at a time and it works great,
Sometimes I come up empty handed,but it is always fun to look for the next great bargain.
one or more gifts or other benefits from the co-op.