Should you use a second hand high chair?

I'm not familiar with the kind of high chair you've described, so I would have to tell you just to use some common sense. I don't like the idea of strings or ropes or what-have-you anywhere that a child could get a hold of it. On the other hand, you should NEVER leave a child in a high chair UNATTENDED for any reason. A more detailed description would be helpful, but ,obviously, you have doubts or you wouldn't be asking. Antiques and family heirlooms are wonderful keepsakes, but they certainly don't always meet today's safety standards. However, no matter the monetary or sentimental value of the chair, it just doesn't justify putting a child at risk. *My advice would be not to use it.* Better to be safe than sorry, no? Spend a few extra dollars and invest in a safe highchair -- although a used one is not necessarily a bad thing. Just make sure it is sturdy and safe -- no wobbly legs, repair or clean torn or stained fabric, (germs or choking hazard), check for loose or missing bolts or screws, and look out for rust, creased metal and cracked plastic among other things. Seat belts should ideally be attached so the child can't pull them loose. See, just common sense. But most importantly: NEVER NEVER NEVER leave your small child UNSUPERVISED. when you and your mother and grandmother were small, everything was handed down, and were all still here safe and well. Just be carefull and never leave the baby alone in the chair