5 rules to shop smart and save at yard sales | News
It's yard sale season, and before you head out to sales this weekend, we wanted to share some tips with you to make the most out of your bargain hunting. So we found 5 rules for smart shopping at yard sales from TIME.
Number One: Watch out for Things That Could Wind Up Hurting Your Kid. Cribs, car seats, and bicycle helmets often end up on recall lists and may not be safe used. A rule of thumb: don't buy items used if their purpose is to keep you safe.
Number Two: be on the lookout for Things That Could Give You Bed Bugs. Stay away from mattresses and upholstered furniture. They often come with the possibility of bed bugs, as well as mold, bacteria, and dust mites.
Number three: watch out for Things That Are Unlikely to Work Right. It can be hard to tell just by looking if an old car part works right. If it's mechanical or electronic and you don't know must about the parts it may be a good idea to stay away.
Number four: Think twice about things that are likely to have Really been used. Consider things like matresses. Even if they don't have stains and bed bugs, the coils on the inside could be shot. Vacuum cleaners also tend to get a lot of use and may be on its last legs at a sale.
Five: Things That Are Gross Because They're Used. Stay away from things like bathing suits and wetsuits.
You can read more suggestions in this TIME article.