40 Thrift Store Items You Should Absolutely Always Avoid

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Bargain hunters and fashionistas alike head to thrift shops for the one-of-a-kind, cost-effective goods that they want to own. And although you, too, might be wowed by the low price tags and bespoke items on offer, beware: you should never buy from these 40 item categories when thrifting.

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40. Stained or Damaged Clothes

Most shops evaluate their offerings to make sure that they’re in good enough condition before being put up for sale. But even so, be sure to check clothes for stains, holes or other damage before buying – otherwise, you could be wasting cash on something you’ll never get to wear.

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39. Mattresses

A used mattress could play host to a slew of unsavory germs, bodily fluids, mites… the list goes on. And said mattress might also hide bedbugs. These microscopic pests can survive for months in a bed, awakening once they feel a warm body to feed on – that’s you. So, your best bet is to always, always buy your mattresses new.

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