6 On Your Side Answers: What not to buy at a garage sale

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – You’ve likely heard stories of people striking it rich at rummage sales. There are even reality TV shows and books available about people who have bought things for ten cents worth thousands and thousands of dollars.

Suzanne from Maryville writes: “Are there some things to avoid buying at garage sales?”

You can sometimes score a great bargain at garage and rummage sales, but not everything is worth the low price.

There are a few items you should avoid when shopping for local bargains at some these sales.

Used helmets, child seats and cribs may seem like great deals at a garage sale. However, with so many recalls over the few years on these products, the safety of those items often cannot be verified, so be wary.

If you see a bargain on a used toy, the same warning applies. Do a quick search on your smartphone to make sure the toy hasn’t been recalled and check that the toy has all of its original parts.

You may think there’s nothing wrong with secondhand furniture. To protect your purse, used tables, chairs, and desks can cost you a lot of money to repair if you don’t look closely.

Likewise, chairs and sofas can cost you an arm and leg if they need to be reupholstered.

Also, chipped or missing glass tabletops can be complicated and costly if they need to be restored.

Used mattresses and box springs can, of course, present a bed bug problem when you purchase these items at a neighborhood garage sale.

You can see Don Dare’s 6 On Your Side Answers every Tuesday and Thursday on 6 News at 4:00.

If you have a question you can send Don an email at ddare@wate.com or call his 6 On Your Side hotline at (865) 633-5974.

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