9 Things You Should Never Consider Selling at a Garage Sale

Spring is finally here. And there’s one thing I look forward to just as much as the sight chubby robin, loons calling from the lakes, and lush green grass.

It’s the first garage sale sign of the season! garage sale

I really enjoy going to garage sales. It’s a fun hobby, plus a great way to get desired items for huge savings.

On the flip side, I don’t particularly enjoy having a garage sale, but I recognize that it’s a great way to de-junk, de-clutter, and make some extra cash in the process.

Having a garage sale is a yearly event for The Flansburg clan and I’d like to think that I have accumulated some pretty solid garage sale savvy in the past 25 years. I think I have a pretty good handle on what to sell, and how to get it sold. I ALSO know what things that I would not sell (or sell with caution) at garage sale.

Here’s my Nine Things You Should Never Sell a Garage Sale

1.Used Underwear: I don’t care how broke you are, that is just nasty.

2. Medicine. Besides being illegal to buy and sell drugs at a garage sale, who would be dumb enough to pop someone’s old prescription meds? I take that back, I know a bunch of people who would take them but that doesn’t make it right, safe or legal.

3.Taxidermy Animals: Since other people didn’t shoot it or catch it, don’t sell it.

4. Personal Hygiene Products. I’ve always been stumped when I see other garage host selling half empty bottles of shampoo and slightly used make-up. I will spare you the germs and bacteria speech and instead suggest you give it a quiet “burial at sea” (flush).

5. Adult Movies: OK…that’s just ALL I got to say about THAT. Dispose of your porn elsewhere, folks.

6. Broken things: I defer to page 13 of the Wildly Successful Garage Sale ebook about selling items that are mangled, broken, toasted, munched, inoperable, and just plan NOT in working order. Rude AND bad Karma all rolled into one.

7.Worn plates, pots, and other cookware: Rust, flaky non-stick coatings, and chemicals that leach out are just a few of the safety problems you can run into with older cookware. No, it’s not even good for “deer camp” and I even hesitate giving it to kids for play cookware.

8. Drop Side Cribs: There have been many, many recalls of drop-side cribs in the past. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports:

“The cribs’ drop sides can malfunction, detach or otherwise fail, causing part of the drop side to fall out of position, creating a space into which an infant or toddler can roll and become wedged or entrapped, which can lead to strangulation or suffocation. A child can also fall out of the crib. Drop-side incidents can also occur due to incorrect assembly and with age-related wear and tear.”

If you have a drop-side crib, check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s list of crib recalls.

9. Child Car Seats. Sure, these can get a little pricey, but it’s a child’s safety we are talking about here. I would say to not sell your child’s outgrown car seat unless you know for sure there have been no recalls on it. Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s list of car seat recalls.

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