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Old 01-04-2013, 10:18 AM   #16
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Your bedding set deal= not gross at all, for the reasons already clearly stated by others.

But I'm going to jump in and defend used couches... they CAN be cleaned... either by removing the covers and washing them, or by cleaning with hot steam that will kill anything inside... (preferably BOTH) if "it's still germs, just dead germs" or "it's still pee, just sanitized pee" REALLY bothers you, I take it you NEVER go in any pool, hot-tub or bathtub other than your own and only water that you have personally boiled then filtered?

I'm not saying I'll buy one if it looks the slightest bit questionable... but if it looks clean and smells clean, it's good enough for me... you wouldn't believe the kinds of ick my nasty little houseapes have done to my furniture in the last 9 years! Any self-respecting germ would REFUSE to live in my couches!!!

I'm actually about to get "new" couches, and if I could find decent looking used ones, heck yes I'd buy them! $2-3k back in my pocket??? Yep!!!
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Old 01-04-2013, 10:19 AM   #17
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Nope not gross at all , and that was a heck of a deal to boot. they have been washed so nope nothing gross about your purchase.
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Old 01-04-2013, 11:21 AM   #18
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nope. heck i think the dishes in the break area at my office are grosser than that. i agree with the hotel argument, its like people may say buying dishes used is gross but don't you go to a restaurant? also another place you share linens.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:29 PM   #19
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Not gross at all, you washed it, it's clean, you're good to go.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:33 PM   #20
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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.
Agreed! So funny for someone to even say that. Obviously, you would have seen if the items were nasty and wouldn't have purchased them.

I've seen remarks made on these boards when someone bought used dishes or silverware at a yard sale. Generally, the response it that the stuff in restaurants is washed and reused.

I think you got a great deal and would have done the same myself.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:37 PM   #21
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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).

Since it is washable, NO, it is not gross.
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Old 01-04-2013, 12:49 PM   #22
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I've become extremely careful in recent years over what kind of used items can come into the house ... mostly because the thought of a bedbug infestation bothers me. I wouldn't go near a used couch.

Used bedding wouldn't even make me blink an eye. I'd buy it, put it in a plastic bag in the car, and it would go right into my washing machine as soon as it came into the house.

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Old 01-04-2013, 01:52 PM   #23
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I'll do used upholstered furniture in summer, but not winter. You can kill anything in it by wrapping it tightly in black plastic and letting it sit in hot sun for three days. As far as I'm concerned, the only issue is vermin and odors; if it smells OK in the summer and looks OK, then I'll take it and treat it, and if necessary, re-upholster it if the piece is special enough

Example: my 1848 Swan-neck Gentleman's rocker, just like this one -- I got it for $200 at a local antique mall; it is worth 10 times that, even with the upholstery replaced. The man who had owned it died at age 101, and it was his favorite chair -- the upholstery was a disaster and smelled to high heaven, but for this chair, it was well worth the effort. It is solid mahogany, weighs upward of 100 lbs and has springs and horsehair padding in the seat. I *LOVE* this chair, and so does everyone who visits my house. It is super-comfy and beautiful, too.





FWIW, casegoods can also get bedbug infestations, so it's a good idea to to do the black plastic treatment on those as well, especially bedroom furniture.
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:22 PM   #24
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Anything that can be washed in hot water is not gross used.

I have to agree about the fear of bedbugs with used couches now. I have purchased them in the past, but have seen too many shows about bed bug infestations so I have a new phobia.
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Old 01-04-2013, 02:45 PM   #25
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Not gross. But I have to admit when my husband and I first got married and were still in college we furnished our entire apartment with furniture we picked off the side of the road during our city's large item disposal day. Now, I wouldn't do that today because our resources to buy new are better and due to bedbug concerns but I don't really see sitting on a used couch as any different than sitting on a hotel room or lobby couch or a couch in the waiting room of a hospital (yuck, talk about potential for body fluids). We've probably all done that and realistically, aside from a couple of bug/pest issues aside, your chance of catching something from an innate object like a couch is slim to none.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:50 PM   #26
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Not gross at all and unless the coworkers never stay in a hotel that doesn't make sense to say such. I think if those coworkers realized the bugs and yuk in some overseas factories that make our clothing and bedding, that we buy new, they would be walking around naked if they really meant what they said. lol

Now a couch or furniture I would worry about roaches or bedbugs but to each their own some people don't worry about those things.
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Old 01-04-2013, 03:59 PM   #27
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hotels are yuckky....

this sounds like something that was hardly used and you washed it in hot water - so now it is nice and clean. nothing gross about this.
maybe those coworkers would rather be out $260 more dollars
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:30 PM   #28
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I do not think it is gross and I am a germaphobe as well. I personally think that someone in the office ( who over paid ) was jealous of the great find and started the " gross" band wagon. Might not be true, but just my hunch.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:36 PM   #29
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I bought a king sized flat sheet at the Goodwill to use at the beach. I brought it home all happy with our new beach sheet and DH was totally grossed out. Made no sense to me. I said first of all the Goodwill here is required to wash all bedding before putting it out. Second I washed the sheet in hot water. Third and most importantly, it was for the BEACH! Whatev's I still used it...and so did he...LOL!

What a great find for you though! Love good deals like that!
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:42 PM   #30
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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).
I don't think the bedding is gross. The couch, yeah...I don't think I'd be able to buy a used couch.
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