Tiffany Bradbury talks to Natalie about what not to buy at a yard sale.
Here are 9 of them:
Bicycle helmets. Helmets are pretty tough, but they are made to withstand only one crash. So don't buy one at a garage sale, because it may have already met the pavement - plus cooties - ew….
Car seats. You just don't know the history of the seat - is it expired, recalled, had a lot of wear and tear……I'm not saying get one from your sister or friend or someone you know - just know the history.
Kitchen appliances. Stuff like blenders, toasters, coffee makers and other small items may only work part of the time or, worse yet, pose a fire hazard. Blenders can also have dull blades. Do buy dishes, glasses
Tires. There are a host of problems that could accompany a yard-sale tire purchase. The tire tread could be worn down too far, there may be rot on the tires, and there could possibly even be a safety recall on that model.
For your family's safety, those aren't risks you want.
Mattresses. Ever heard that expression "Don't let the bed bugs bite"? Well, between bed bugs, mold, bacteria, just plain being worn out and more, it's better to buy new mattresses than used ones. And again - the ew factor.
Cribs- There are a lot more stringent guidelines on cribs today (no dropsides) - you don't' know if a used one is missing parts, etc….
Baby bottles. There are sterilization and bacteria issues at work here.
Don't risk your baby's health to save a few dollars.
Pots, pans and cookware. Older cookware has run its course. Not only has it possibly lost its no-stick coating, but it can also have rust or a loose handle on it. Now - I do have to say I bought an old Bundt pan for 25cents that I love - but again, I dropped a quarter on it….
Running shoes. Good running shoes are cushioned to support your feet, knees and legs. If someone is selling a used pair, that probably means they have worn the cushioning out. Even at a cheaper price, that's not something you want to pay good money for. And once again on the ew factor - sweaty feet that aren't yours were in them….