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Don't Waste Your Money: What not to buy at yard sales

(Toledo News Now) This is the time of year many of us throw a yard sale to clear out our junk. It's also the time of year we shop garage and yard sales, hoping to score a bargain. But some finds are no bargain at all.

Good finds...but be careful

We all dream of a garage sale find, like an old sterling silver tea set or vintage oil lamp for a couple of bucks.

But a new report in Readers Digest magazine says beware because some of the deals you find on your neighbor's driveway could jeopardize your family's safety.

It has released a list of things to never buy at garage sales.

Don't buy these items used:

  • Bicycle helmets
  • Child car seats
  • Tires

In all three cases, the items could be damaged or cracked internally, and unsafe.

Other items to not buy:

  • Beds. Think bedbugs. Enough said.
  • Cribs. Too many have been recalled. All drop-sided cribs are now illegal for sale.
  • Adult Shoes. Health and poor fitting issues should be considered, unless they are a rarely worn pair of Manolo's or similar designer wear.
  • Hats. No one washes hats, ever.
  • Swimsuits. That's like buying used underwear. Would you buy used undershorts from some guy you met at a bus stop? Didn't think so. Same for swimsuits.

Used electronic items to avoid (unless they are almost free):

  • Laptop computers. All old laptops have been banged up or dropped. If it was trouble free, they wouldn't be selling it.
  • HDTVs. Fixing an HDTV can cost more than a new one. Chances are if they're selling an HDTV, there's something wrong with it. Then it becomes your problem.

The bottom line

If it's a safety-related item, don't buy it used. Think of it like buying the used seatbelts out of a wrecked and totaled car.

This is one instance where paying for quality pays off and you don't waste your money. 

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