Cribs and car seats
Children’s items like cribs and car seats are often recalled—even if yours hasn’t, it might not be up to safety snuff anymore. Car seats have expiration dates, and if your old one is past its prime, the new owner could be in danger, says Tim Raines, marketing manager at The Salvation Army. “We do not knowingly accept any items that have been recalled,” he says. “Some locations have banned entire categories of items, as the hazards associated with accepting them outweigh the benefits.” Find out other dangerous mistakes even careful parents make.
“A walker is an item that people depend on and trust that it’s in perfect condition,” says Kyle Stewart, director of donated goods retail at Goodwill Industries International. Unknowingly donating a walker that isn’t as stable as it was when it was new could be a major safety issue for the next owner. Thrift store staff members usually don’t have the expertise to evaluate whether a walker is up to snuff, so some locations might reject all of them to avoid putting anyone at risk. Don’t miss this guide to what not to buy at garage sales.