Things You Should Never Buy at Yard Sales.
Last week I shared 5 things you should always buy at yard sales and this week I thought I should follow up with a list of things you should never buy at yard sales.
Although yard sales are great places to find some fantastic bargains, there are some items you should never consider picking up, for various reasons.
When someone wears a hat, they leave their sweat and possible remnants of hair products behind. They may even share their head lice with you. Gross!
2. Mattresses and Bedding
Bed bugs are everywhere these days and you don’t want to risk bringing them home from a yard sale and letting them take up residence in your home. Not only are bed bugs a concern, but by purchasing used mattresses and bedding, you are likely sleeping with someone else’s bacteria and even worse – their bodily fluids.
Tires can become unstable and very unreliable if they’ve ever been in an accident. Play it safe and buy them new. Don’t ever take chances with your safety.
4. Child Car Seats
If the car seat you purchase was in an accident, it may not protect your child to the extent that it should. Buy this item new – brand new. There are often many great deals on car seats. Don’t put the safety of your child at risk.
Just like a child car seat, you never know if someone was in an accident while wearing a helmet – and if they were, this could affect just how much you would be protected by wearing the same helmet on your head. Avoid buying this item used – get it new, instead.
I’m sure there are some honest people out there having yard sales, trying to sell these items. I’m sure there is nothing wrong with them.
The point is that you likely don’t actually know these people, so you don’t know for sure just how those items have been used by the previous owner.
Play it safe and just stay away from these items at yard sales all together (avoid them anywhere used – not just yard sales – thrift stores and online classifieds, too!)