When I saw this article, I remember how many yard sales I have seen and drove by. They attract alot of people and these tips in the article aren’t bad. Summer is the perfect time to go to garage sales and flea markets. All the sites, colors and food smells keep the crowd going as well as great prices and a variety of items. Personally, I enjoy looking for vintage jewelry and scarves at flea markets and sometimes I find interesting pieces at garage sales.
The article states, “Second-hand items, especially electronics, building supplies, appliances and helmets, may carry certain risks if damaged or used. If you are planning on reselling consumer items, check the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Web site for a guide on things that can and cannot be sold, and for product recalls.” It is good to avoid electrical or gas products if a label from a recognized certification organization, such as CSA Group, is missing. Also, the article suggests that people check wiring and extension cords for wear and damage. Look for worn insulation and splices on the cord and loose or exposed parts on the plug.
Avoid purchasing used bicycle, hockey or construction helmets, Since people don’t know their history or what damage may be hidden from plain view. It is good to know look for a recognized brand name company and scan for return addresses or company contact information on packages. Counterfeit products are light and flimsy, so it is wise to check the look and feel of the products. Now, with these tips in mind, have a great time hunting for treasure!