Items you shouldn’t buy second-hand

Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Car Seat/Carriers (CPSC)
Britax B-Safe 35 and B-Safe 35 Elite Car Seat/Carriers (CPSC)


ORANGE, Conn. (WTNH) — If there’s one place you can always stretch your dollar, it’s at a thrift shop. Clothes, furniture, anything you need, gently used at a discount but Helping Hands Thrift Shop in Orange warns you need to be a smart shopper because not everything should be bought second-hand.

“The items you need to be most careful of are the children’s items, certain items due to safety regulations, cribs, car seats, playpens you have to be careful of,” said Vincent Testone, Assistant Store Manager.

It’s not only a safety issue, there may also be a recall you aren’t aware of. Another one is anything that could be considered unsanitary.

“Also, any kind of upholstered items you need to make sure are sanitized, the state regulates that all shops like ours, sanitize anything that’s upholstered,” he added.

Their shop is regulated but not all are. A few others to avoid: second-hand utensils, pots and pans or other items that could get metal in your system if it’s cheaply made. Avoid safety helmets and tires. While the tires may pass the “penny” test, there could be wear and tear not visible to the eye.

It’s good to always stay on top of product recalls. The best way to find out if an item has been recalled is to look up that product online or with the company before purchase. There are also a few sites that monitor recalls like the Safety Recall Advocates.

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