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    Quote Originally Posted by Jessica80 View Post
    I wouldn't buy any mattresses or stuffed animals, due to the risk of bugs. You don't need stains to have bed bugs.
    I'm not really worried about bed bugs in the neighborhoods where I go to garage sales.
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    Helmets - No way!
    Child car seats - Illegal in my state too (but wouldn't anyway)
    Tires - No
    Wet suits and swimsuits No
    Mattresses - No Way!
    Cribs - No way!
    Laptops - maybe
    Plasma TVs - maybe
    Shoes - I'm okay with used shoes
    Sheets and Pillowcases - don't know
    Baby Bottles - No way!
    Worn plates, pots, and other cookware - don't know
    DVDs, CDs, and VHS tapes - yeah. Usually they're cheap enough I can risk them being scratched
    Upholstered furniture - No way!
    Clothes that require a tailored fit - Not sure
    Video Games - same as DVDs & CDs
    Fragrance or makeup (new or old!) - No way!
    Stuffed animals - not sure
    Blenders and other kitchen electronics - maybe
    Running shoes - maybe
    Hats - maybe


    Some of the items on the list are for health/safety reasons. I'm surprised people would actually try to sell some of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I'm not really worried about bed bugs in the neighborhoods where I go to garage sales.
    We don't really have much of a bedbug issue around here either; however, I didn't realize how easy it is for them to spread.

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    Jeez, are Margaret and I the only paranoid ones? Maybe paranoid isn't the right word. Over zealous maybe?

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    Nope. I am with ya. I get skeeved out pretty easily. And although it is easy to see scratches on safety equipment, that is one place I don't ever buy used. I used to be a climber and that equipment is very strong but you simply don't know what stresses it has been through. I always err on the cautious side. Plus, carseats here have an "expiration date," for what is legal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I'm not really worried about bed bugs in the neighborhoods where I go to garage sales.

    As much as I like a healthy dose of elitism, I think that its misplaced in this case.
    • 95 percent of U.S. based professional pest management companies have encountered a bed bug infestation in the past year.
    • Prior to 2000, only 25 percent of respondents had encountered a bed bug infestation.
    • Bed bugs are a much greater problem in urban and suburban areas with larger populations of people who live close together and interact in enclosed spaces on a regular basis. Because of the bed bugs' ability to "hitchhike" on people and their belongings, these living environments will continue to see higher infestation occurrences than those living in rural areas. According to the survey, 52 percent of pest management companies report treating bed bug infestations in rural areas compared to 71 percent in urban and 80 percent in suburban areas.
    • Bed bugs are THE most difficult pest to treat, according to 76 percent of survey respondents, more so than cockroaches, ants and termites.
    • As for where infestations occur, residences top the list with 89 percent of pest professionals treating bed bug infestations in apartments/condos and 88 percent treating bed bug infestations in single-family homes. Respondents also report other common areas, with 67 percent treating bed bug infestations in hotels/motels, 35 percent in college dormitories, 9 percent on various modes of transportation, 5 percent in laundry facilities, and 4 percent in movie theatres.
    I agree with the list.
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    I have never known or even heard of anyone that had bed bugs here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GloriaInTX View Post
    I have never known or even heard of anyone that had bed bugs here.

    I doubt many people brag about it.

    Orkin Pest Control says last year, the DFW area ranked seventh in the nation when it comes to number of bed bug complaints.
    That’s a dramatic rise from 2010, when it ranked 50th.
    North Texas’ Bed Bug Infestation Growing At Alarming Rate ? CBS Dallas / Fort Worth
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    Yep bed bugs do not know money or neighborhoods. Once they are in they're in.

    You can't sell used mattresses here. That I know. I'm not sure on car seats or helmets though. Although I would never buy those used.
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    Curious why people say no way to cribs? I have never bought one, but will be selling mine when we are done with it. I know tons that are sold after the baby is grown.
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