What Not to Buy at a Yard Sale


Garage sale season is here. Every week, roughly 165,000 garage sales are held in the U.S., according to Statistic Brain. In the warmer summer months, you can easily waste a whole day scoping out sales. And with the average item costing just 85 cents, someone else’s trash may well turn out to be your treasure.

But for every amazing garage sale find, it seems that there are piles and piles of junk, like battered toys, threadbare sheets, and musty textbooks. Some things that people sell are just gross, like half-empty bottles of toiletries and used underwear. Others are simply weird.

“At one yard sale, the seller was trying to sell their overabundance of live white mice,” Chris Heiska, who runs the Yardsale Queen blog and website, told The Cheat Sheet. “At a flea market in Southern California, there was a seller who sold caskets.”

Not knowing exactly what you’re going to find when you pull up to a garage sale is part of the fun, of course. But don’t let the thrill of the hunt let you get suckered into a bad purchase. Some things that look like great deals at first glance are actually big no-no’s. These items are unsafe, unsanitary, or just plan useless.

MORE: 5 ways to save on your kids’ clothing costs

Here are seven things you should never buy at a garage sale, no matter how cheap they are.

Tip: Have a question about the safety of a used item that’s not on our list? The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) provides information about recalled products. You can search for recall information by product or company name.

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Source: USA Today | Megan Elliott, The Cheat Sheet

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