I am so glad Spring is here! You know what that means- yard sale season. Yard sales are a great way to get stuff you need for cheap, and are also a fun activity to do on a nice Saturday. Unlike thrift stores, yard sales let you enjoy the weather, get to know your community, and let you haggle to get yourself a better deal. If you’re looking for baby stuff or furniture, there is no better place to go. However, just because something is for sale doesn’t mean you should buy it! Check out this post by JL Penner at Frugal Living Mom for things that you should never buy used, let alone at a garage sale. Most of them are common sense, but some were surprises:
-Bicycle helmets, tires, car seats, cribs- It’s essential that you buy safety products like this new. When you buy used you don’t know if safety standards have changed or if products have been recalled.
-Electronics- there is no guarantee that they work.
-Baby bottles- who knows what kind of hidden bacteria they have. Always buy these new.
-Makeup- NEVER buy used makeup!
-Nonstick pots and pans- they simply do not last and get scratched up over the years.