11 Items You Should Never Buy at a Yard Sale

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As the old maxim says, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” That’s why yard sales are an opportunity to get needed items at a cheaper price. People often hold sales after doing their spring cleaning. So, while there may be some strange and useless items, there’s also a good chance they had stuff they simply weren’t using and just needed to clear some space. Used books, kid’s toys, tools, and decorative items can often be found much cheaper than what they would cost new in the store. However, not all that glitters is gold. Just because something seems like a great deal, doesn’t mean that it is. Here is a list of things that you should walk away from at a yard sale.

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1) Child Car Seats

Car seats should never be purchased used. One of the popularly quoted reasons they have expiration dates is that after many years of use and exposure to extreme temperature changes in vehicles, the plastic weakens weaken and they aren’t as safe. While the eventual degradation of the materials is possible, car seats expire long before that’s likely to occur. The reason those dates come sooner is because of ever changing safety recommendations and laws, recalls, and the ability to get parts if the seat has a problem. An older seat may not meet current standards or might have a recall on it that you are not aware of. There is also no way to be sure it has never been involved in an accident. Car seats should never be used after a collision.

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