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Old 01-04-2013, 12:18 AM   #1
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Is it gross?

Yesterday DH and I bought a used Pottery Barn duvet cover, shams, and pillows off of craigslist. The set would have originally been around $300, but we got it for $40. The set was in someone's guest room, is no more than two years old, and has seen very little use (the owners were having a baby and converting the guest room). The duvet cover and shams went directly into the washing machine when we got home, and the pillows were washed as well (these were decorative pillows... not the kind people actually sleep on, and looked sparkling clean).

Anyway, DH went to work today bragging about his score, and his coworkers were totally grossed out by the idea of buying used bedding. Honestly, I am a HUGE germaphobe, and I personally see nothing odd about a used duvet cover. A used comforter or down blanket, maybem but a duvet cover is basically a sheet, and aren't we all sleeping on used sheets in hotels without flinching? I mean, those are much worse, because countless strangers are using them, rather than the occasional guest in this person's guest room. I'll admit the used pillows are kinda iffy, but they are the kind you just put on the bed when you make it, and are not of actual use other than decoration (and we are washing them).

So, I am curious what you all think. Is it gross?

I might add that DH wants to buy a used couch on craigslist and I refuse. That I think really is gross, as a couch is not washable. (Just to let you know my quirky boundaries).
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:28 AM   #2
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Not gross at all. I think it's a great deal.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:30 AM   #3
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Not gross. A couch, potentially frightening. Unless it is a leather couch with minimal fabric, then maybe not so bad.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:51 AM   #4
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Another vote for Not Gross.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:55 AM   #5
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Not gross. Do these same people also not sleep in hotel beds? You are using someone else'e bedding there and don't even know for sure that is has been washed.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:58 AM   #6
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Agree with previous poster...HOTELS?????

You washed it and should ENJOY!
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:36 AM   #7
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I buy used linens all the time at auctions - they can be washed. Not gross, in my opinion.

As for the sofa, no way...for the reason you stated....it can't be washed. There's no way to know what bodily fluids are down in the cushions even if the upholstery is clean. Ick.

Casegoods are an entirely different story. I recently bought a 1940s style dining room set. I was able to clean and lemon oil all the wood. I took the fabric and what bit of cushioning off the chairs and trashed all of it before it even came in the house. I started over with new foam, batting, and fabric over the wood frame.

But upholstered furniture...nope, not for me.
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Old 01-04-2013, 06:51 AM   #8
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OMGoodness. Your DH's coworkers are the strange ones in IMHO. I've got antique quilts that are 100+ years old! And yeah, hotels.

As for the sofa thing. . .yeah, that's why I'm about to go out and spend 1 to 2 K on a sofa instead of getting one just like it at the St. Vincent's de Paul well-heeled people donate furniture to for $100. <sigh>.
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Old 01-04-2013, 07:22 AM   #9
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Not gross at all. It's clean, you washed it. Dh coworkers are strange. I guess they don't stay in hotels LOL
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:15 AM   #10
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No, not at all!! I mean, I know my kids have had accidents on their bedding but I re-use it after I wash it. At least you know it was washed, unlike hotels.

I won't buy anything that can't go in the washing machine or be Lysol'd off! But, I will admit we bought a couch and recliner off Craigslist. They are leather and were still half covered in plastic, though. I'd never buy fabric furniture. It really grossed me out because we'd had to get rid of our old couch because ds had an "accident" and flipped the cushion so we wouldn't know and it got into the wood. And when we put it to the curb, someone took it! ICK!! Another time, the dog got into a bag of chocolate and made a mess and we had to throw out a recliner and someone took that! Really ICK!!!
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:41 AM   #11
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Um, sleeping in a hotel or a friend's guestroom means you are sleeping on "used" bedding. It's not gross. It was cleaned, so not sure what their issue was.
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Old 01-04-2013, 09:08 AM   #12
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I dont think it is gross at all. My dd22 also bought a sofa and loveseat on Craigslist. It is in great shape,no stains or anything questionable, hardly used and she got a great deal. We had no problems doing that. I think you can tell when you go look at someones furniture or items for sale whether they are clean or not. We felt very comfortable doing it and my good friend at church has bought multiple furniture items (not leather) off of craigslist too.
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Not gross good deal. Those at work are just that those at work.
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It's not gross at all! You washed them so they're clean. And you got them for a great deal!!
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Not gross!
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