Have you considered making a classifieds section rather than having it as a forum? Just make another content type like the news and have categories and then a few filters.
I realize this isn't a money making section of the site, but my god, the bst forum is awful and filled with "bumps" cause everyone is trying to sell their shitty old hoodie and it's damn near impossible for me to actually find anything since search just comes up with a ton of posts about jj's vs whatever.
So yeah, new section. Categories = Youth, Women's, Skis, Boots, Bindings, Outerwear, Accessories, Streetwear.
Filter to select category.
Filter to select new/used
Filter to select N.America or International
Filter to select for sale, wtb, want to trade
This would be glorious.
Just play it out in your mind a few times. Hell, you could even charge $1 per listing or something and people would probably pay it cause it just makes sooooo much more sense.
That's all. Thank you for the wonderful site.