The Things You Never Want to Buy at a Garage Sale

However, just like there are items you definitely want to look for when you’re shopping at a garage sale, there are also items that you’ll want to avoid like the black plague. In the same fashion, the items you want to avoid buying at a garage sale are also the items you’ll want to avoid selling, if you plan on hosting your own sale. Read on to find out what these items are.

Item #1: Mattresses or Sleeping Pillows

It can be tempting to want to buy a secondhand mattress from a garage sale, as they can be extremely pricey to purchase full-price. But, the risks of buying a used mattress from a stranger’s home are very high. Many used mattresses are full of bodily fluids, bacteria, dead skin and are potentially infested with bed bugs or mites. The same can be said about sleeping pillows. When you consider these gross factors, it’s pretty self-explanatory for why you shouldn’t buy a used mattress from a garage sale. And, if you’re trying to get rid of a mattress, don’t sell it at your garage sale. See if a family member wants it for free or just get rid of it.

Item #2: Used Car Seats

Yes, like mattresses, buying a new car seat from the store typically comes with a hefty price tag. Despite this, it’s never okay to buy a used baby car seat from a garage sale. In many cases, these car seats are expired, which may put your baby at risk. If you have car seats that you no longer use, but aren’t expired, consider donating them to a local women’s shelter instead of trying to sell them. Your baby’s safety is of the utmost importance, and investing in a brand-new car seat is money well spent.

Item #3: Helmets

You may not know this, but every time a safety helmet is involved in an incident (including a kid falling off their bike), it should be replaced. Because you don’t know if a helmet that’s for sale at a garage sale has been in an accident or not, it’s not a safe or smart idea to purchase a used safety helmet.

Item #4: Cosmetics

While this should go without saying, sometimes it needs to be said. Do not buy used makeup or cosmetics from yard sales. You will run the risk of infection if you purchase used cosmetics. Additionally, many items have expiration dates that you may no longer be able to see if you buy these products used. In short, just avoid them.

Item #5: Electronics

The electronics that are being sold at yard sales are generally close to being outdated (and sometimes don’t even work at all), you should avoid purchasing electronics from a yard sale. You’re better off buying these items brand-new or certified refurbished so that you don’t end up wasting money on an item that won’t work.

Item #6: Damaged Cookware

While you can certainly find gently-used cookware at garage sales, there are plenty of damaged pieces of cookware for sale. Be sure to carefully inspect any cookware before you purchase it, as failing to do so will result in frustrations and wasted money.