If you’ve been around Lovely Etc. long, you’ve probably realized I love to hunt for hidden treasures at yard sales, thrift stores, even on the side of the road. Aside from the awesome vintage finds I share here on the blog, I get all kinds of awesome stuff at yard sales. Dishes, books, baby supplies, clothes, tools. Pretty close to anything. Once I realized you can get really nice stuff for really cheap, it seemed ridiculous to pay so much more just to say it is brand new.
But I realize not everyone feels the same way I do. Just last week, one of my coworkers mentioned that she would never buy ice trays at a yard sale even though she buys glassware all the time. She wasn’t really sure why – it just weirds her out. Another coworker said she would never wear something used – not even if it was used by her own sister. I wonder what she would say if she knew I’d bought used swimsuits before? (Of course, I washed them before wearing.) This got me thinking – what things would I not buy used. Was there anything?
The list is pretty small (I’m certainly not prissy), but I did manage to think of some things.
- Makeup and toiletries –even if they look new, it is just too hard to tell if they have been used. And used makeup spreads germs so easily. It just kind of freaks me out.
- Hats – Sadly, I had lice twice in elementary school and I really don’t want to relive it as an adult.
- Mattresses – Bed bugs? No thank you.
- Paints, glues, sealers, etc. – Anything liquid and chemically tends to degrade over time and become unusable. I once broke this rule to buy Mod Podge at a yard sale for a dime. Mistake – it was yellowed and thick. Luckily, I was only out a dime.
- Shoes – usually. I have bought shoes at a yard sale a few times if they looked new and I was able to try them on to make sure they were comfortable. The fact other people’s feet were in them doesn’t really bother me, but once shoes are broken in to someone else’s feet, it isn’t too likely they will also fit me perfectly.
- Child’s car seat – car seats aren’t safe to use if they have been in any sort of accident and I just don’t trust strangers to know or be honest about a car seat’s complete history.
- Food – there is just something unsavory about buying food out of someone’s front yard. (Yes, I have seen nonperishable food for sale at yard sales). Though, on second thought, I do buy cookies and such from bake sales which is basically the same thing.
That’s my personal list. Mostly based on safety guidelines and personal experience, but like anything it is also based on my own personal opinion.
And you? What would you never buy used? Any of the same things as me? Are there things on my list that you would buy in a heartbeat?