By Erin Huffstetler | 06/18/2014 | 11 Comments
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Stomping around in someone else’s shoes isn’t something I normally recommend, but from time to time I’ll come across a really nice pair of shoes at a yard sale that look like they were worn once. And when that happens, we’ll, they’re coming home with me.
Let me give you a few examples …
These Keen sandals were $4 at a consignment sale.
These New Balance Mary Jane sneakers were $1 at a yard sale.
These Merrell sandals were $5.99 at a church rummage sale.
And these Coach boots were $7 at a yard sale.
All of these shoes are from brands that are known for their quality, and they’re in great condition. And here’s the thing … these are all shoes that we’ve been wearing for a while, so they were even nicer when we bought them. If I can get shoes like this at yard sale prices, I feel like I’d be crazy to pass them up.
But buying used shoes (even worn-once shoes) means you’re buying something that someone else’s feet have been in. How can you ensure that you aren’t buying something with athlete’s foot?
You can’t, but you can sanitize them, so that it’s not a concern. Just stick your new shoes out in the sun for a few hours, and you’ll be good to go. Sunlight is a natural disinfectant. In fact, if you buy your shoes at a yard sale on a hot summer day, they’ve probably already been baking in the sun for a few hours.
How Do You Feel About Used Shoes?
Do you avoid them at all cost? Do you have times when you’re willing to buy them? I’d love to hear your thoughts.