Hoping for a hoop
April 3, 2008 12:01 PM   Subscribe

Where to find the hoop for ye ol' stick and hoop game?

I'm looking for something similar to this but without the high cost and shipping involved. I thought perhaps an embroidery hoop would work, but it has springs and screws and things attached to it. Where can I find a simple wooden hoop without paying a crazy price for it?
posted by mcarthey to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (8 answers total)
A cooper supply company? I always thought they came from barrels.
posted by sourwookie at 12:09 PM on April 3, 2008

Well, it's not a wooden hoop, but Push Roll sells a metal hoop and stick game through Amazon for $25 and it qualifies for free shipping.
posted by jedicus at 12:26 PM on April 3, 2008

If it doesn't have to be wooden, you can pick up a hula hoop for, what, a buck?
posted by box at 12:27 PM on April 3, 2008

Bike wheel, minus spokes and hub.
posted by ctmf at 12:39 PM on April 3, 2008

Best answer: I use Rolling Hoops where I work and I've never found any reasonable substitute. Embroidery hoops are far too flimsy - and also too small - even without the hardware. Kids in the old days used discarded cask/barrel hoops. If you like this game, best to just spring for the hoops, since hoops like this are not really made for any other major purpose any more. We get ours wholesale from Cooperman, but they are also sold at any number of websites -- just search on "hoop and stick" or "rolling hoop."
posted by Miko at 12:49 PM on April 3, 2008

If you know any alumnae of Bryn Mawr or Wellesley, it's conceivable that they may have a hoop in their attic, hoop racing being a May Day tradition. The hoops are often inherited, however, and passed along to underclasswomen. If you don't want to pay for shipping, it'd be good to know where you live.
posted by mumkin at 1:37 PM on April 3, 2008

Second the bike wheel rim suggestion -- much easier to find than barrel hoops, these days.
posted by Rash at 3:14 PM on April 3, 2008

Would barrel hoops work?
posted by Oriole Adams at 6:12 PM on April 3, 2008

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