Garage income are good for some, not all, items

It is summertime and every single street corner is adorned with a gaggle of garage sale indicators. 

Garage income are excellent areas to pick up bargains, but not almost everything should be purchased at them. Some things are not a good thought from a money or security standpoint. So right now we are heading to have two lists — what you ought to buy at garage sales (or secondhand) and people factors you must not acquire, no make a difference the price tag.

Constantly purchase at a garage sale:

• Solid wooden home furniture. Even with tiny imperfections, most older household furniture is sturdy. You can get wooden home furniture secondhand at the identical charges that you can acquire new particleboard parts. Scratches can be covered with new paint or one of the fill-in crayons accessible at the paint merchants.

• Textbooks. As long as the webpages are intact and there is no drinking water damage, books can be a excellent acquire at the garage sale. Stock up on your winter season looking through now.

• High-stop apparel. Garments are pricey, specifically good brand names. Most of the time, clothing is quite durable and will final a long time. Check out clothing for stains, tears and missing buttons ahead of buying.

• Athletics and physical exercise products. Tennis rackets, bicycles and hockey equipment are typically featured at garage sales. Examine the things very carefully just before purchasing, but they are usually a excellent offer. Free-weights are another great discount. They are typically bought with the ideal of intentions, but are at times not used much. Nonetheless, in no way acquire a treadmill at a garage sale. You don’t want to purchase an individual else’s difficulty and the new kinds purchased at a store occur with a warranty.

• Dinnerware or glassware. Dishes and glasses are often a steal at a garage sale. Just because someone has broken a handful of parts or has developed tired of a motif, that does not imply it will not have a new existence in your property. I often inventory up on pretty, single plates at income. If I’m taking something to a potluck or a friend’s residence, I really do not have to be so intent on acquiring the plate back. They are also great to hold a plate of cookies or a cake for a reward. Before buying, be positive to check out for chips or cracks that can harbor bacteria. 

Now that we have talked about very good items, let’s consider a 2nd appear at things that need to most likely never be acquired at a sale:

• Bike helmets. Helmets are developed to withstand 1 crash. So when you get 1 secondhand, you never ever know if its daily life is employed up.

• Cribs and auto seats. There are so numerous recalls on these objects that it is tough to hold up. If you acquire 1 that has been recalled, all your money is for naught. Vehicle seats are also a 1-crash product, so like the bicycle helmets, its one crash could currently be driving it.

• Mattresses and upholstered furnishings. As considerably as we detest to confess it, we have a bedbug infestation in several places of the United States. We’ve been slower to have the same figures right here in Alaska as in the Decrease forty eight, but the bedbugs are listed here, so do not deliver them into your house to infest the rest of your furniture.

• Footwear. Sneakers conform to the ft that are putting on them. People feet are most likely not just like your toes. If they appear unworn, they may well be a excellent buy, but normally, give them a move.

• Socks, underwear and swimsuits. These items had been possibly washed prior to the sale, but they just in shape also carefully to the physique to likelihood purchasing them employed.

Garage sales and secondhand buys can make sense to extend your bucks. Just make sure you make mindful buys.

Roxie Rodgers Dinstel is associate director of Cooperative Extension Service, a portion of the College of Alaska Fairbanks. Queries or column requests can be e-mailed to her at or by contacting 474-2426.

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