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Garage sales are a great way to support your neighbors and find some fantastic deals. Many garage sales offer fantastic items that would be significantly more expensive if bought new. Still, there are some things that are better left for donation or the bin.

In this article, ProLift Doors will be sharing 5 things you should skip at a garage sale; it is our hope that your may able to apply this advice the next time you are shopping at a garage sale, or even considering hosting one yourself.

Helmets and Hats

ProLift Doors recommends buying helmets and hats new. Helmets are best bought new because a single accident can damage the overall structure of the helmet. The helmet you are purchasing may be unreliable during an accident.

Further, both hats and helmets pose a small sanitary risk — they often look clean, but are harboring disease and potentially, lice. While this may seem low-risk, do you really want to chance it?

Car Seats

Similar to helment, a used car seat may be a safety risk. You don’t know what the car seat can withstand when it is bought used. Car seat can look brand new, but still pose a safety risk. We encourage you to always buy car seats new. For a further safety step see if your local fire department offers free car seat safety checks!


Okay — buying used tires is often a smart move. In fact, when dealership sell used tires you will often save significant chunk of money. But unless you are a mechanic, we encourage you to but your used tires from a dealership or auto shop. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, it’s incredibly easy to purchase a punctured national tire that may not fit the model of your car.


It should be easy to know that swimsuits and undergarments are better left for the bin, but this is a common garage sale item that people to sell. It’s incredibly easy for bacteria and bed bugs to stick to these garments, and if you wash them at home you risk contaminating your entire wardrobe. Purchase swimsuits and undergarments new — period.


Once again, makeup has the potential to carry lots of bacteria and disease. You don’t know the health or hygiene habits of the person you are purchasing second hand makeup from. Keep your makeup fresh.

We hope you found this article helpful. At ProLift Garage Doors, we are dedicated to our customers and work hard to provide quality care. With over 40 years of experience in our field you can count on use. Our highly trained staff and local owners will make sure you are taken care of.

Give us a call today at:(412) 453-3336. We look forward to hearing from you!
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