THINGS YOU SHOULD NEVER BUY AT THRIFT STORES


Underwear. Do I even need to go into this? Yuck. Unless I find a new with tags Victoria’s Secret bra in my size I don’t buy underwear when I’m out thrifting.


Swimsuits. Honestly, this is my personal choice. You’re probably not going to get a disease from wearing someone else’s underwear or swimsuit. I would just rather not be that close to some stranger.


Shoes. Again, yuck… but again, I have broken this rule when I found a pair of Converse in my size that didn’t have much wear. But shoes conform to your feet as you wear them and used shoes fit someone else’s feet… not yours.


Upholstered Furniture. Uh oh… I’ve broken this one, too. But I might not do it again. Even if you don’t smell anything at the thrift store when you get it home it might be a different story! And now with the bedbug scare that gives me another reason not to do it. But I probably would if I was going to tear the upholstery off and redo it.


Mattresses. Bedbugs… ’nuff said. I’ve seen used bedding on lists before but I have bought vintage sheets for sewing projects and to use on our beds. I just wash and dry on the hottest temperatures and bleach when possible.


Stuffed Animals. Bedbugs again…


Upholstered Furniture. Uh oh… I’ve broken this one, too. But I might not do it again. Even if you don’t smell anything at the thrift store when you get it home it might be a different story! And now with the bedbug scare that gives me another reason not to do it. But I probably would if I was going to tear the upholstery off and redo it.


Mattresses. Bedbugs… ’nuff said. I’ve seen used bedding on lists before but I have bought vintage sheets for sewing projects and to use on our beds. I just wash and dry on the hottest temperatures and bleach when possible.


Stuffed Animals. Bedbugs again…


Cribs. Safety standards change all the time and you want to make sure your baby is safe! I have some friends who have used the sides of cribs as displays. If you’re using the crib for something other than a baby, go for it.


Car Seats/Baby Carriers. Besides safety standards changing, car seats are meant to withstand ONE crash. There’s no way for you to know if a used car seat has been in an accident or not. Keep your babies safe!


Bike and Motorcycle Helmets. I didn’t realize that helmets were also made for ONE impact, too! No way to know so avoid them.


Makeup. Bacteria live and multiply in makeup once it’s been opened.

That’s 10 but I keep thinking of more things you should never buy at thrift stores…


Medicine. If you see medication in a thrift store it’s probably expired. And possibly opened or tampered with in some way.


Food. Like the medication. Possibly expired or tainted.


Kitchen Appliances. Old blenders, fryers, or kitchen utensils that might have touched meat or still have a greasy residue on them.


Non-stick cook wear. The film breaks down over time and gets into your food.


Plastic water bottles. There are too many areas in the straws or on sports caps that are hard to clean.


Halogen lamps. Fire hazard!


Things that cost more than retail. I’ve actually seen that quite a few times! Know your prices or you might be tricked into spending more for something used than new.


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