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    Default List of things not to buy at Garage Sales

    Do you agree with this list? Would you or have you bought things on this list at garage sales?

    21 Things You Should Never Buy at Garage Sales | Reader's Digest

    Helmets
    Child car seats
    Tires
    Wet suits and swimsuits
    Mattresses
    Cribs
    Laptops
    Plasma TVs
    Shoes
    Sheets and Pillowcases
    Baby Bottles
    Worn plates, pots, and other cookware
    DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes
    Upholstered furniture
    Clothes that require a tailored fit
    Video Games
    Fragrance or makeup (new or old!)
    Stuffed animals
    Blenders and other kitchen electronics
    Running shoes
    Hats
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    For the most part I agree with that list. The exceptions are the electronics. We have bought plenty of video games, movies, small appliances etc. They have all been fine. And for newer tech items if you have done some research you know what games need new codes or what tvs are ok. And it is always ok to ask if something can be plugged in to see if it will work well.
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    What's on the list? I keep getting an error and the only thing I see is the helmet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ClairesMommy View Post
    What's on the list? I keep getting an error and the only thing I see is the helmet.
    Updated OP with list. I have probably bought at least half of the things on the list at garage sales.
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    I've bought dvds and cds with never a problem at a yard sale.

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    Thanks Gloria.

    Helmets - agree
    Child car seats - agree
    Tires - well, only if you're not diligent enough to check the tread wear
    Wet suits and swimsuits - agree, for the ick factor
    Mattresses - ditto above
    Cribs - agree
    Laptops - agree. if someone's selling it at a garage sale chances are it's slower than molasses and probably missing stuff.
    Plasma TVs - agree.
    Shoes - agree. kids shoes have already been molded to another kid's foot, and adult shoes might have like fungus and crap in them.
    Sheets and Pillowcases - agree, again, ick factor
    Baby Bottles - agree, even those ones that don't contain bpa. i would buy glass ones though
    Worn plates, pots, and other cookware - agree. lots of plastics can't go in the dishwasher and I wouldn't buy non-stick cookware since that stuff peels off. if it was a sturdy steel pot or pan i'd probably buy it, same with ceramic or glass.
    DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes - disagree. not a health issue and whatever, you spent a buck or two
    Upholstered furniture - depends. with stains then nope, but clearly in mint condition i probably would
    Clothes that require a tailored fit - disagree. if it fits you perfectly then all the better.
    Video Games - disagree. ditto the DVDs
    Fragrance or makeup (new or old!) - absolutely agree. gross. bacteria party
    Stuffed animals - agree
    Blenders and other kitchen electronics - IDK. maybe. Running shoes - agree
    Hats - disagree.
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    I agree with Claire'sMommy except for the sheets/pillowcases. I do buy these but for the most part to use for material for other projects.
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    Things on the list I have bought at garage sales.

    Helmets -its not hard to tell if a helmet is scratched up or broken
    Child car seats
    Wet suits and swimsuits - a washing machine does wonders. How do people use diaper services and things if this is ick?
    Mattresses - stains and smells are easy to spot. Wouldn't buy one with stains
    Cribs
    Shoes - Many shoes sold at garage sales look brand new and were only worn a few times because they didn't fit well or grew out of them too fast
    Sheets and Pillowcases -a washing machine does wonders. How do people use diaper services and things if this is ick?
    Baby Bottles - easy to sterilize but would buy new nipples
    Worn plates, pots, and other cookware - obviously wouldn't buy something scratched up other than that no problem
    DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes - they are ususally so cheap that there isn't much risk
    Upholstered furniture - again not hard to spot smells or stains
    Video Games - again usually not much of a risk based on price
    Fragrance or makeup (new or old!) - Have been to many sales where the person sold Mary Kay or Avon or something and has leftover stuff brand new.
    Stuffed animals - Easy to tell if its dirty
    Blenders and other kitchen electronics - Why not? Most places will let you check to make sure it works

    Would have no problem buying a plasma TV as long as I could plug it in to see if it worked. Just haven't seen one at a garage sale when I needed one.
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    I wouldn't buy any mattresses or stuffed animals, due to the risk of bugs. You don't need stains to have bed bugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    Things on the list I have bought at garage sales.

    Helmets -its not hard to tell if a helmet is scratched up or broken
    Child car seats
    I am sure this varies by area, but here it is illegal to buy or sell a used car seat at a garage sale.

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