Five Things You Should Never Buy Used
"I'm gonna pop some tags! Only got $20 in my pocket!"
There is always a passed judgement when people mention thrift shops. There are people who surprisingly frown upon you when you mention "thrift" because they think you're wearing "used clothing" or they'll say "that wasn't washed" Crazy statements that make you look at them like..... "What??" The funny thing about it is, most people actually go thrifting all the time. It's become the norm to stop by a Goodwill before stopping at a shopping mall. Of course, there are others who are still against it, but that will change.
It's very important to make sure you have the right knowledge as to what and what not to buy when you are thrifting. Some thrift stores have been in business for years and you never know when some of the clothing has been switched out, rotated, or even washed. Buying thrifted items is a great way to save money, don't get me wrong. However, some purchases can end up posing a threat to the health and safety of you and your loved ones.
Here are five things Men & Women should avoid when thrifting (in my opinion)
- Bras! I personally stray away from bra shopping at a thrift store. Undergarments are very personal. Most bras at thrift stores usually do not have support (padding) and have been worn, so the shape of it is different from the original purchase. Surprisingly there is some sense of confidence when you have on a good bra under your clothing so try to go to a clearance section at Ross, TJ Maxx, or Burlington Coat Factory if you're looking for an affordable decent bra.
- Underwear and Swimsuits Bottoms. This should be common sense! Previously worn underwear from someone other than yourself is a health hazard. You do not have any idea where those panties and underwear originally came from. Who knows if there has been any mistakes that happened in those garments. Think about it, when it comes to swimming 80% of the time strange people usually pee in their swimsuits in the water. To avoid possible health risks...JUST DON'T DO IT! Alot of department stores have men and women underwear and swimsuit bottoms on sale.
- Handmade Knit Sweaters. Of course it's okay to purchase handmade items. Most of them are all unique in their own way. When I say handmade knit, I'm suggesting to thoroughly think about the decision before purchasing. The whole point of thrift shopping is to find items with a decent price that would last a while. Handmade knit sweaters will usually fall apart after one wear. If you do choose to purchase one, wear it one time and hang it up for good... or frame it if it's fabulous.
Shoes without Soles in the inside. Now wait, buying shoes at a thrift store is great. I actually have a few on this site, and some of my favorite boots are from a thrift store. When talking about shoes, if they do not have anything protecting your foot from the bottom of the shoe that is Disgustinggggggg!! If you are a guy and you find some really nice sneakers without soles in the inside, run away. There are a lot of foot fungus-es in this world. Many people have sweaty feet too! AVOID IT !
Makeup/Cosmetics. You can't spray and disinfect makeup that you have recently purchased, so how clean do you think this makeup really is? Even recently used makeup that has slightly been opened has come into contact with someone else's face, skin, hands. There are so many infections such as strep, herpes, pink eye and many different illnesses that you could get if you take that risk.
I hope this article helped you with what to stray away from when heading to a thrift store. Thrifting is so awesome and there is so much fun you can have when you take the chance on it. If you ever have any questions about any of those items I would love to explain in depth via email thriftmyfashion@gmailcom