12 Things to Never Buy at a Thrift Store

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From watches to books and vintage silverware, you can find many great deals at a thrift store. But there are 12 things to skip, no matter how tempting the price tag is. 


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Resist the urge to buy a thrift store mattress, as the likelihood of taking home bedbugs and unimaginable dirt is quite high. A Reddit user who disposed of her bed explains, “I put an old mattress on the curb that was beat to hell and had stains on it (husband would drool), and it was gone within hours.” Sounds disgusting, right?

Opened Puzzles

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Never buy opened puzzles. Chances are it’s missing a piece or two! A Reddit user explains he counts the pieces in the store before buying, but counting a 50- or 100-piece puzzle can be exhausting and annoying. 

Used Pantries

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“It’s so hard to find a decent pantry to store my non-perishables,” writes an unhappy commentator. And there’s a reason why thrift stores do not have high-quality used pantries. “Nobody just throws away good pantry,” explains another user. 

Dri-Fit Clothes

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These clothes wick away sweat from your body to keep you dry. Buying Dri-fit clothes means the former owner’s sweat may be embedded in the fabric even after washing. 

Wedding Dress

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Some Reddit users consider buying a wedding dress at the thrift store a bad omen. One post reads, “I got my perfect dress ex-display from a charity shop. The wedding never happened.”


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They (shoes) wear out faster than other clothes might, and you can’t just chuck them in the laundry,” says a commentator. Or,” You never know if that person had a foot fungus,” adds another commentator. 

Porous Kitchenware

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Porous kitchenware is not glazed, so imagine all the dirt and grime embedded into each of the tiny pores. A Redditor says, “(There) could be some serious contamination.” 


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As one commentator says, “If it directly touched your privates, I don’t want it.”


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You may also welcome bedbugs into your home with used bedsheets. Mysterious stains should always be a NO as well. “It’s a lottery of the gross!” exclaims a commentator.

Sports Helmets

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Helmets are only good for one crash. Once the material deforms, it’s junk,” a Reddit user writes. Since helmets are life savers, paying extra dollars for a new, unused one is best.


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When shopping for hats, you typically try them on, right? The only problem is other people did so too, and some may have lice – yikes! 

One post reads, “I love thrift stores, but I’m willing to bet the thrift store clientele has a higher chance of having lice than other stores.”

Fabric Furniture

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If you do not intend to deep clean fabric furniture from the thrift store, forget about buying it. “Nothing is getting washed or reconditioned. They just give the stuff (furniture) a quick squirt with some sort of disinfectant and toss it out for sale,” explains a user. This increases the chances of carrying bedbugs with you. 

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