This time of year, yard sales can be found in just about every neighborhood on any weekend.
Consumer reporter John Matarese said yard sale shoppers should be informed before heading down the street to hunt for deals.
Readers Digest magazine has released a list of things to never buy at garage sale, Matarese reported.
Bicycle helmets, child car seats and tires should never be bought secondhand, because they might be damaged or otherwise unsafe.
With all of the recalls on cribs, it would be hard to know if you were buying a safe one, so it is best to pass those by.
From a health standpoint, beds, bedding, mattresses, etc., could carry all kinds of cooties, such as bed bugs.
Shoes and hats, which are rarely washed, can also pose some health hazards. Bathing suits should be avoided too, since that's essentially like buying used underwear, Matarese said.
Two electronics items to avoid at yard sales -- unless they are completely free -- are laptop computers, which have all been banged up or dropped, and plasma TVs, which can cost more to repair than to buy new.
Answer by m-avi at 6:52 PM on Jun. 18, 2012
Thanks for the heads up. I would think some of those would be obvious- can't imagine some people buying some of those items- or people putting them out for others to buy in the 1st place. gross :p
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