Yard sales are a great place to find all sorts of treasures that you need or want, as well as those items you didn’t even realize you needed or wanted. Take note, however, that there are certain things that you should never buy at yard sales. Here are some of them:
1) Car seats
It may be tempting to save some money on a secondhand car seat, but don’t sacrifice your child’s safety for a few dollars. That car seat may have already been in an accident, which can compromise the seat’s safety and reliability.
It’s perfectly fine to purchase a motorcycle or bicycle helmet that is brand new. Used helmets, on the other hand, should be avoided. Like car seats, helmets are often designed to protect the owner from one accident. If a helmet is already scratched or damaged, it’s best to prioritize your safety and buy a new one.
If you’re considering buying a used mattress at a yard sale, keep in mind that you may be paying for a lot more than just a mattress—such as bed bugs, mites, mold, and even bodily fluids.
Not many people realize that when worn for a long time, shoes tend to mold to the size and shape of the owner’s feet. Even if they’re the right size secondhand shoes may not fit your feet correctly, and could potentially cause blisters or knee and back problems.
Cribs often face safety recalls for various reasons, and it may be hard to figure out if a secondhand crib at a yard sale is one that should no longer be sold in stores. To be on the safe side, you’re better off purchasing a brand new crib that adheres to current safety standards.
Hats are rarely cleaned before being sold at yard sales. These articles of clothing may contain remnants of another person’s sweat, dead skin, hair, and sometimes even lice. Is a cheap hat worth the possible headache later on?
As irresistible as it may seem to get a good deal on a particular item, always take your health and safety into consideration first and foremost. A smart shopper is a happy shopper!
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