Well, here's a nice topic, particularly in the present hot weather....Phew!
Sparked off by visiting another new neighbour the other day, a nice young lady, to do a little DIY the O/H had let me in for. (She knows I'm pretty harmless, these days...).
Anyway, this gal had just moved into a bedsit, and apart from a bed on stilts, there was no furniture in the place. So I just asked, what are you doing for furniture? And gave her the details of a couple of local charities who give poor folks secondhand furniture for free, or just for the cost of delivery.
"Oh, I couldn't have secondhand" She said. "I'll just buy bits when I can. I got a bed and a deck-chair, and a laptop, for now."
"But why not secondhand stuff?" I asked, about to leave, a bit mystified. (Most of our stuff is secondhand, or picked up in the street and mended).
"Oh, I couldn't!" She said. "I don't like other people's smells...."
So this set me thinking. We've never been bothered by other people's smells much. Like, obviously, we wouldn't pick up a piss-soaked mattress, or settee, but most furniture is made of wood, or pseudo wood, and doesn't carry smells for more than a day or two. Upholstery might, but a bit of cleaning soon puts that right. Both our easy chairs are s/h, and I can't recall either having any particular smell to them.
I have worked in several jobs that took me into other people's houses, and sure, they all smell a little different, and some might smell a bit objectionable, but hell, who cares, that is just people.
(About the worst place I went into, everybody in there, even mum and dad, although quite nice as people, all smelled like they had taken a crap and only used the one slice of toilet roll, if you know what I mean).
So what's your take on Other People's Smells?
It's a topic I don't think I've seen on here before. Maybe, being smelly hippies anyway, nobody ever thought to mention it?