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Thanks to this forum, I've been happily compacting since January. But I've found that I'm not comfortable buying certain things used -- either because I'm sensitive to smells & stains (and allergic to cats) or I'm concerned about safety (electronics/cookware). Anyone have any good experiences buying these items second-hand and have tips/advice, even if it's to tell me to "get over it?" <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
bed linens<br>
towels<br>
bath rugs/rugs in general<br>
toaster oven<br>
Wooden spoons<br>
cast iron pans<br><br>
Then there are a few things I am just having problems finding used...though these are more nice-to-haves not need-to-haves.<br><br>
Sigg-type bottles<br>
non-toxic paint and markers for DS<br>
stickers for DS
 

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I'm not a strict compactor, but I'll throw in my $.02... I've had great luck with bed sheets and towels from yard sales or thrift shops--ones that are in good condition, of course. I just give them a good hot wash with some extra baking soda or borax, and then sun them, and they turn out great! I'm as scared of the chemichals in new cotton products, though, and would give new, non-organic (who can afford a $50 bath towel?!?!) ones the same treatment. Also, I've found good used cast iron, and used it to great effect after some thorough scouring.<br><br>
Good luck to you with your compacting!
 

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I'm fairly new to cast iron but I've always hear that old, used cast iron is often better than new.
 

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bed linens<span style="color:#0000FF;">Well, you use "used" bed linens in hotels. Just wash them in hot water and don't worry about it.</span><br>
towels<span style="color:#0000FF;">Same thing as bed linens</span><br>
bath rugs/rugs in general<span style="color:#0000FF;">Bath rugs, get the ones without rubber backing, wash them in hot water</span><br>
toaster oven<span style="color:#0000FF;">Clean it really good before you use it</span><br>
Wooden spoons<span style="color:#0000FF;">scrub it really good, then run it through the dishwasher</span><br>
cast iron pans <span style="color:#0000FF;">scrub it really good, then season it with oil and put it in the oven.</span><br><br>
It's funny, I thought your list would be different than it was. All of these things you use in other situations and never give it a second thought. Think about the toaster in Dunkin donuts or starbucks or whatever, I'm pretty sure a used one that you buy and clean yourself is going to be wayyyyy cleaner than a restaurant one. Same thing with wooden spoons and cast iron (btw, cast iron is something that gets better with age)<br><br>
Personally, I prefer second hand sheets and towels, you can really see what the quality is verses when it's new in a package, and again, I figure if I bought it and washed it in hot water, it's probably way better than hotel sheets. (hotel sheets ick me out a little bit, even though we always stay at nice hotels)
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I figure if I bought it and washed it in hot water, it's probably way better than hotel sheets. (hotel sheets ick me out a little bit, even though we always stay at nice hotels)</div>
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And that's one reason why I typically take my own sheets to hotels and condos on vacation! People laugh at me but then I know what they've been washed in and who has used them. Just my little quirk, I guess. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">bed linens<span style="color:#0000FF;">Well, you use "used" bed linens in hotels. Just wash them in hot water and don't worry about it.</span><br>
towels<span style="color:#0000FF;">Same thing as bed linens</span><br>
bath rugs/rugs in general<span style="color:#0000FF;">Bath rugs, get the ones without rubber backing, wash them in hot water</span><br>
toaster oven<span style="color:#0000FF;">Clean it really good before you use it</span><br>
Wooden spoons<span style="color:#0000FF;">scrub it really good, then run it through the dishwasher</span><br>
cast iron pans <span style="color:#0000FF;">scrub it really good, then season it with oil and put it in the oven.</span><br><br>
It's funny, I thought your list would be different than it was. All of these things you use in other situations and never give it a second thought. Think about the toaster in Dunkin donuts or starbucks or whatever, I'm pretty sure a used one that you buy and clean yourself is going to be wayyyyy cleaner than a restaurant one. Same thing with wooden spoons and cast iron (btw, cast iron is something that gets better with age)<br><br>
Personally, I prefer second hand sheets and towels, you can really see what the quality is verses when it's new in a package, and again, I figure if I bought it and washed it in hot water, it's probably way better than hotel sheets. (hotel sheets ick me out a little bit, even though we always stay at nice hotels)</div>
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Well put. Nice to hear the voice of reason! I guess I was just put-off because when I went looking for "new" sheets at Value Village the other day all I saw were ones in bad condition or made of synthetics, same thing with the towels. But I will keep looking as they get "new" stuff in all the time.<br><br>
For the toaster oven, I was more concerned about finding one that actually works and was not given away due to electrical problems. But most thrift stores have some kind of exchange policy, so at least I can return it--unless of course it burns our house down. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink">
 

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Wooden spoons I understand, actually. Old wood will harbor bacteria.<br><br>
But the linens... Well, after you use new ones once, they are used! Just wash the heck out of it and throw bleach in and they will be pure and clean for you.<br><br>
Toaster ovens get really hot (duh, thanks, TIna!) . Clean it good and then turn it up as high as it goes for a while to burn anything in there out!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">bed linens<br>
It's funny, I thought your list would be different than it was.</div>
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Just curious, what kinds of things would you have expected to be on the list? Are there any things you have a problem with buying used?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Just curious, what kinds of things would you have expected to be on the list? Are there any things you have a problem with buying used?</div>
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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> I don't know, I just didn't expect those things. As I said, all of those things are commonly used when you are not at home, but somehow it's different when you bring it into your own house? Just funny how sometimes you don't give any thought to what's being used to prepare your food in restaruants, etc. And I never get the used sheet thing, (I've seen this a lot~people not wanting to buy used sheets) I love buying used sheets. I just bought a set of pottery barn sheets at goodwill and they only fit on ds's bed. Then when I was putting him to bed, I was rubbing my face on the pillowcase, saying, mmmmm aren't these sheets soft and cozy? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> The secret is to know your stuff, and I am a freak about good sheets, so I can tell where the good ones are just by looking at the rack from a distance. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I don't have a problem buying anything used, but some things I just never find used that are in acceptable condition, or "just right" like bras, underwear, socks, shoes. I'd buy any of those used, (except underwear) but I just never find what I'm in need of.
 

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I am not really a compacter, but I am always drawn to buying things that are gently used. I had the same reaction to your list as some of the other posters.<br><br>
I just found a gorgeous wooden spoon at an antique store for .50 cents. I just think about all the lovely meals that were made with it before finding me. I ran it through the dishwasher first.<br><br>
I bought my cast iron pans from a friend who was moving to Hawaii about 7 years ago, they are better than ever.<br><br>
I found an awesome pair of sheets several years ago at an antique mall, soft and cozy from day one.<br><br>
I still think that whatever your comfort level is, is the most important factor.<br>
My sister would NEVER buy any of those things used and that is ok. We all contribute to the well-being of our families and the planet in different ways.<br><br>
Blessings,
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I found an awesome pair of sheets several years ago at an antique mall, soft and cozy from day one.</div>
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I'm addicted to antique linen sheets from France. I use them on my and DH bed with a cotton fitted sheet. You wouldn't believe the number of people that have been grossed out by this. But as long as they are clean (and they are!), I think it's kind of cool to think of all the people that have used them before me. And they are of an amazing quality that I simply couldn't afford new. Personally, I'd rather by really top notch stuff used than mediocre stuff new.
 

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We buy our wooden spoons new. We get cherry ones made here in PA, by hand, from PA-grown trees. If you live on the east coast, black cherry is easy to get and you could always make your own. This tree grows as a weed in the wooded part of our yard. Really! We have 4 spoons, and they are on average 4 years old. Cherry lasts much longer than imported softwood spoons.<br><br>
As vegetarian, I would not buy a used wooden spoon. But we do buy used cast iron. We clean well and re-season before cooking.<br><br>
I would not buy used underwear, used tupperwear, or used toothbrushes. (The used tupperwear because an assortment of sizes would cause additional clutter)
 

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Actually, all the things you mention are things I've never bought second hand. I've bought all these things new and just use them for a looong time. I think my two wooden spoons are 10 yrs old. I do know you can get beautiful linens secondhand, embroidered and really good quality, but I just don't buy it when I see them. I have bought secondhand duvet covers for the dogbeds though. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"> And iron skillets: the older, the better. I just haven't bought them myself. I guess I'm just weird about it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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Why not make the paint and stickers yourself? Here's directions for stickers:<br><br><a href="http://familyinternet.about.com/cs/recipes1/a/blstickers.htm" target="_blank">http://familyinternet.about.com/cs/r...blstickers.htm</a><br><br>
Have you tried Freecycle for the markers?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I'm addicted to antique linen sheets from France.</div>
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Wow, cool. Did you find them at a regular old thrift store or is there another good source for antique linens? I'm serious, the two times I sifted through the stuff at Vallue Village I got a little grossed out, lots of pilling and stains and synthetic sheets.
 

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As vegetarian, I would not buy a used wooden spoon. But we do buy used cast iron. We clean well and re-season before cooking.</div>
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I'm a vegetarian, too, and have thought about all that caked-on animal fat on used cast iron <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
But mostly I was just wondering if it was safe because of bacteria on the spoons and rust on the pans. But it sounds like rust can be removed? I have to look into that more. We only have one cast-iron pan, but we love it! This thread has been really helpful...
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Why not make the paint and stickers yourself? Here's directions for stickers:<br><br><a href="http://familyinternet.about.com/cs/recipes1/a/blstickers.htm" target="_blank">http://familyinternet.about.com/cs/r...blstickers.htm</a><br><br>
Have you tried Freecycle for the markers?</div>
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Hmm...nice idea, but I'm still trying to get my photos in albums from 1982.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
Freecycle is a good idea...I also have been loving MDC swaps for stuff like this but no luck with the stickers yet.
 
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