Stained & dirty yardsale items – use or toss?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
  • poll: What do you think I should do?
    Suck it up, buttercup - clean 'em and use 'em. : (13 votes)
    34 %
    Toss. There were bugs for goodness' sake. : (25 votes)
    66 %
  • Post # 3
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    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I get that you’re in mommy mode, but please remember that babies build a better immune system faster if they are exposed to germs, dirt, etc.

    I’m not saying that you shouldn’t wash/clean these items, because it’s always a good idea to do that with secondhand stuff, but I wouldn’t freak out about it or toss anything.

    Post # 4
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Personally, I would have to toss it.  Not just cause it’s for baby, but… I’m just not a fan of second hand strangers items for anything I’d even use.  I’m sure it’s perfectly fine, but just one of those weird quirks I have.

    Post # 5
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    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    oops double.

    Post # 6
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    790 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2014

    if its at all good take it to a salvation army…if they dont think its good they will throw it out if it is,you did a good thing… see so you didnt throw it out you put it to a good cause…

    Post # 7
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    I wouldn’t use it.  I’d be worried about the bugs – you found some in crevices, what if there are more in the fabric?  Ewwwwwww.  I’m all for second-hand baby items when you know where they came from (like a friend or family member), but you have no idea what kind of household these came from.

    Post # 8
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    3014 posts
    Sugar bee

    @ZombieBullfrogHoller:  Trash. Just tell her they didn’t work/ fell apart. I wouldn’t want to hang around in a chair that had recently been filled with bugs, so why would I do that to my baby???

    Post # 9
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    556 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2013

    Try to clean them first. If you still feel the same way afterwards then donate them to the salvation army or put an ad up on craigslist and maybe someone else you needs them would buy them.

    Post # 10
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    8914 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

    If the stains are washable, just do that.  It’s a perfectly good baby item that just needs a quick cleaning.

    Regarding the bugs, the items were probably stored in someone’s garage for a few months and a couple bugs crawled on the thing because they like small enclosed spaces.  A dead bug is really not unhygenic at all.  It’s really just a dried up exoskeleton, about as gross as dried-up orange peel.

    Post # 13
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @ZombieBullfrogHoller:  sounds like your plan is a solid one! I bought plenty of baby stuff on Craigslist, and I totally get where you’re coming from — baby won’t be touching it until I get it nice and clean. Bouncers are quite cheap anyway — you can get a used one that is already put together and works perfectly (with music and vibrating and all that) for ~$30 on Craigslist if you really want one. Odds are your in-laws won’t even notice it’s not the one they gave you, haha. Meanwhile, I’ve heard “that swing was an absolute life-saver for us in the first weeks/months” enough times that I defintely wouldn’t venture into motherhood without one, haha.

    Post # 14
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    4372 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I have a new baby and that would be a no for me, I totally understand your train of thought. Second hand is great, but only when the stuff is in good condition.

    Post # 15
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    6749 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I would toss it.  Nothing wrong with used if it is in good condition- but these may not be.

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