That Garage Sale Purchase May Be Cheap, But It May Not Be Safe

Iowa — Iowans who enjoy the thrill of finding great deals at yard sales need to be wary of the potential dangers when purchasing items second-hand. Consumer protection expert Michelle Reinen says you should take special care with toys that might be unsafe, in addition to things like old cribs and used car seats.

You can look up your potential purchase in an online database at to see if a recall has been issued. For Iowans who might be planning to hold a garage sale, there’s always a risk of scammers trying to trick you. Reinen says there have been recent reports of people passing counterfeit bills at rummage sales.

If you think you’re being scammed, Reinen says to call local law enforcement and file a report.


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