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Thread: Advice of Washing or Not Washing Garage Sale Fabric?

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    Senior Member auniqueview's Avatar
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    I freely admit that when I travel, my luggage goes right on top of the dressers. It does not touch the floor. The bedspreads ALWAYS come off the bed, because they only wash them about once a month, if that. And before I settle in, I pull the covers loose and check the mattress. When the bedbugs were so rampant...or reported to be, I contacted a company that supplied me with a spray that would kill them, and not be toxic to my dogs. I travel with support dogs, and they are not going to be "bugged" by anything.

    Your chances of bringing bedbugs home from Macy's, Penneys, Walmart, etc, are just as great as bringing them in with fabrics you picked up at yard sales. One reason I REALLY like our Salvation Army stores is that they have all the furniture treated and sanitized before they put it in the stores. Frankly, I would NOT buy from the Goodwill stores.

    Lice. I hate those things. When I worked with patients, I hated the beginning of the school year, because it seemed like they started school with the kids. But lice don't seem to like dirt, from what the school nurses told us. I got the creeps any time anyone talked about them. Eewww. I never had them, never want them, and they are a heck of a lot more common then bedbugs.

    Speaking of the covers on the beds in motels and hotels....am I the only one who undoes the tight covers on the beds? I can't stand being tied down in the bed, lol. I wonder how tall men stand it?

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    Super Member wraez's Avatar
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    Wash and press IMHO. and state in your posting for sale that you've washed the fabric.

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    I would wash it.

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    Super Member Deborah12687's Avatar
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    When I buy fabric from a garage sale I always wash in a tub of hot water out side and add lysol in the brown bottle in the water. Then I dry it out side on the close line for a day in the sun. I would not ever bring in a box of fabric into the house to wash it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rebecca VLQ
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray
    As long as a note is attached to the item when it's posted, I think it would be up to the buyer to do whatever.

    There are some that do not like to work with washed fabrics.
    Yup. If you know you won't use it, just state the condition of the fabric in your listing.

    "Bought at a yard sale, decided I didn't want it. I have not washed it."

    Who knows if the original owner washed it, kwim?
    :thumbup: :thumbup: :thumbup:

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    Junior Member oldbalt99's Avatar
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    I wash anything I get from garage sales as a matter of fact.
    If I read you were selling something you purchased unwashed I wouldn't buy it.
    In the end it your decision to make. But, most definatly wash whatever you want keep before you put in your home.

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    Super Member valsma's Avatar
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    Personally any garage sale fabric is going in the washer. You never know what could be lurking in it. I know we have to worry about things in stores coming into our homes, don't want to risk bringing any little unseen critters into the house from somebody elses homes.

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    Super Member wildyard's Avatar
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    Upstate NY, north of Syracuse Area
    I don't always wash fabric like that, but I do always treat anything from a thrift store, yard sale, etc. to a nice ride in my hot dryer!

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    Super Member wvdek's Avatar
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    A million dollar view!
    Regardless of where I purchase my fabric, EVERYTHING gets washed as soon as I bring it in the house and washed before it leaves the house as a gift.

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