Where Can You Find Jarts?
This is the question that I am asked the
most. I don't have a for sure answer, but here are some ideas:
Have a set of old Jarts but the flights are all breaking? I have
recently had two people send me an idea for replacing your flights. New out this
year is a blunt-tip set of Jarts that can be purchased at Walmart for $15 or Sears for
$20. Just go to their sites and search for Jarts. Here is what some people are
doing to replace the flights. "If you cut the end off of the Plastic stem
slide off the Fin and spacer. You will notice the one end of the fin is splined. Simply
drill it out a little bit and bingo new Jart fins. The shaft of the fin is about ¼
shorter but the spacer is just about the exact fit."
EBay and Yahoo Auctions - they have
listed Jarts as a forbidden item, but sometimes you can catch a set before the auction
ends. Try other online auction sites as well.
Garage/Yard Sales - make sure you
get there about an hour before the garage sale starts :). I don't know why, isn't
that the rule? I've heard hundreds of success stories of people getting brand new
sets for $5 or less.
Flea Markets - personally,
I have never been to a flea market, but I have been told they are likely to have Jarts
Friends/Family - you'd be
surprised how many people have these things in their garage, basement or attic and don't
realize it. Make sure you let them know that they aren't worth a dollar but you'd
like to have them anyway
- I finally got a chance to get outside and throw around my new
Outdoor Darts by Garden Games UK. Not knowing what to expect, I was a little
disappointed at first when I opened up my Outdoor Darts. The fin and shaft are all
one plastic piece, which means you can't replace the fins if they should break. The
tips that came on my set were steel, but are very blunt. I was skeptical that they
would even stick in the ground. So a friend and I played a game today and were
pleasantly surprised. The rainfall here has been average lately but the Outdoor
Darts had no trouble sticking and threw quite nicely. The top of the shaft is
shorter than a Jarts and therefore, I thought I would have to change my handle on the
dart. But I threw it the exact same way I throw Jarts and was hitting the middle of
the ring in my normal fashion. Another nice feature was that my set came with
plastic replacement tips for safety purposes I would presume. These would work very
well on a beach or in very moist soil while causing harm to no one. Overall, I am
pleased with the performance and would recommend these to anyone who is looking for a safe
alternative to Jarts, wants a new set of Jarts but doesn't want to pay $100+ on the
Internet, or is a beginner to the game. The rules to Outdoor Darts are a little
different to those of Jarts, but everyone has their own rules anyway. The plastic
seems very strong and somewhat flexible. However, after only playing one game, I
cannot tell how easily the plastic would break or how much Garden Games UK would charge
for replacements (you would have to replace the entire fin and shaft, leaving only the
tip). If you decide to order from Garden Games UK, please let them know that you
found their site from www.jarts.com.
Scoreboards - For great
scoreboards for jarts or other backyard games, go to www.backyardscoreboards.com.