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Household Items You Should Never Buy Used; No Questions Asked

They say that one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. In some cases, that man’s trash should stay trash. Finding a good deal on a previously used item is always exciting. Not only is it environmentally friendly to recycle an item from a previous owner, you also save money. However, there are some household items that just shouldn’t be reused because the long term cost may outweigh your initial savings.

1) Bedding – mattresses, bed frames, pillows and sheets

bed bugBedding can host several bacterias from the previous owner. Different types of allergens, dead skin cells, and hair could be unwanted add ons to the pre-owned bedding you’re purchasing. These bacterium can reside in the frame of the bed as well. Pillows and sheets can also host all of these elements. Knowing that what you’re purchasing is 100% sanitary is worth the money.

Although bed bugs are hard to see, they can definitely be hiding in used bedding. Most people do not realize they have a bed bug infestation until after they’ve been bitten. Bed bugs are the hardest insect to kill with store bought pesticides so if you do come across an infestation, contact a reputable Pest control expert. If you have to call a pest removal service, it could end up costing hundreds of dollars per room to exterminate your house if you don’t find the right company. However, if you do need a pest control service to deal with your problem, you may want to check out something like Termite Control Kansas City for an effective extermination of any bed bugs or other pests. Although, with all of the problems that can come from bed bugs alone, it’s safer to purchase a mattress that is guaranteed to be sanitary.

2) Upholstered or enclosed fabric furniture

upholstered furnitureAlthough you can get a great deal buying used furniture, you may also get the short end of the stick without knowing it. Upholstery and enclosed fabrics easily trap elements from the previous owner that can’t be removed. These types of furniture can pick up pet odor, hair, and stains. Dust mites also reside in these types of fabrics.

Getting a slip cover for your new previously owned couch may seem like a feasible option, it just masks the underlying problem. Although there is the option of getting the furniture reupholstered, it can cost almost as much as it would to buy new furniture.

3) Nobody Puts Baby in a Pre-Owned Crib

baby cribCribs can be dangerous to buy used for several reasons. Not only could the bedding contain bacteria like any other type of bedding, the frame can also be unsafe for your child. Cribs are often recalled due to malfunctions, making the crib unsafe for a baby to sleep in. It’s always better to be safe than sorry when deciding where your baby will sleep.

4) Appliances that aren’t easily disassembled

assembled household items

Appliances that aren’t easy to take apart and see the interior can be a risk when purchasing them used. These appliances may look brand new on the outside but could be infested with mold or pests on the inside. Due to the difficulty of disassembling these types of appliances, a lot of people purchase them without knowing what is truly inside of them. These problems can manifest and cause it to break down once you bring the appliance into your own home, leaving you in need of someone like If it’s necessary to purchase these household items used, make sure to buy it from someone you can trust to tell you the truth about the condition of the appliance.

5) Vacuums

used vacuum

Since vacuums are created to pick up all of the aforementioned bacteria and germs that are lurking in your house, it is no surprise that buying a used vacuum could track them into your own home. Not only will a used vacuum track germs into your house, vacuums are easily susceptible to everyday wear and tear. After several uses, vacuums begin to lose their power that they have when you first purchase them. When considering which household items to buy new or used, it’s a safe bet to go with a vacuum straight out of the box.

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6 Insider Design Trends That Will Elevate Your Home’s Look

With the world’s largest furniture trade show for Spring 2017 behind us, we took notes on the top design trends that pervaded the market to offer you tips on how to incorporate these into your own decor. Whether you’re looking for a fresh makeover inspired by this year’s hottest styles, or simply to bring a little chic to your current space, here’s 6 ways you can implement these hot new looks:

1) Bright and Bold Colors

blue and chartreuse The color that dominated market this year was blue in all different shades and hues. Whether you want to use it as a color for your focal points or as an accent, blue is extremely versatile in how many ways it can be incorporated, even into an existing color scheme. Darker blues add a warm feeling to a room, while lighter blues create a light and spacious atmosphere.

Another color that was in strong form was chartreuse. Chartreuse is a blend of green and yellow that makes a bold statement. Often finding its way into patterned fabrics or as a plain solid, it’s usually paired with cool tones to bring an optimistic feel to the room. You can easily incorporate these color trends into your home by adding a throw pillow or piece of art that feature these colors.

2) Patterns


Design patterns that feature geometric or circular patterns add visual dimension to otherwise normal pieces. These patterns can easily be brought into your room by throwing a rug on the floor or hanging curtains that incorporate this trend. As far as furniture goes, accent cabinets and occasional tables often feature these patterns to add depth and excitement to a flat room.

3) Contrast

contrast design trends

Mixing unexpected combinations and patterns is a big trend this year. Combining wood texture with metallic gold is just an example of some of the contrasting combinations that create juxtaposition. Don’t be afraid to mix and match to create visual contrast in color, texture, pattern, or material.

4) Style That Lasts

In past years, style has reigned over comfort and durability. This year, more of an emphasis is being placed on features like stain resistant fabrics and higher quality materials and construction. Changing the consumer needs are driving demand for furniture that will last longer and keep looking good. Materials like Revolution fabrics are durable, cleanable, and come in a wide variety of options. Great American Home Store carries many different brands that utilize Revolution fabric.

5) Contemporary Design

contemporary homeClassic pieces with a contemporary flair will modernize your home. Soft contemporary design is a feature of the current Miami furniture trends and using soft colours and a variety of shapes has become very popular. An easy way to incorporate this is by adding an ottoman or side table that integrate a contemporary look into your existing decor. Placing a sleek and modern lamp in your room will add lighting and a fresh look to the area.

6) Accent Items

Accent items are a perfect way to spruce up a room without having to completely renovate. Small items such as decorative jars, faux plants, and accent furniture like chairs, tables, and cabinets can add a whole new feel to your space.

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