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Money14 things you should never buy at a thrift store

11:43  15 april  2019
11:43  15 april  2019 Source:   moneytalksnews.com

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Whenever you can buy a secondhand or vintage treasure for your home, we say go for it! Buying used is often an easy way to find inexpensive, high-quality, and one-of-a-kind pieces. So the next time you scour your favorite thrift shop (or an antique store or garage sale), think twice about these items.

Thrift stores don’t contribute to the mistreatment of textile workers half a world away. They prevent cute clothes from piling up in landfills. But hold on: That doesn’t mean you should only shop at second-hand stores . As Charles would tell you , used clothes are terrific.

One of the best ways to make the most of your money is to head to the thrift store and see what’s available.

Not too long ago, I bought a bed frame and cute lampstand for less than $13 total.

But just because something is cheap, that doesn’t mean it’s a good idea to buy it. There are some things you should avoid at thrift stores.

I asked a few consumer advocates and frugal experts to weigh in on when it’s worth it to pay a little more. They consider the following items among those you should avoid buying from secondhand stores.

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1. Vintage painted items

“I shop at thrift stores for probably 50 percent of my stuff, so I’ve learned many tricks of the trade,” says Dustyn Ferguson, a blogger at frugal website Dime Will Tell.

He points out that old painted items — such as vintage dishware — can contain lead and contaminate whatever you’re eating.

“If you do buy, always test for lead,” Ferguson recommends.

2. Mattresses

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This is the ultimate thrift store no-no. Just about every expert says buying a mattress at a thrift store is a terrible idea.

Indeed, we cite mattresses in both “10 Things No One Should Ever Buy Used” and “It’s Worth Paying Extra for These 7 Items.”

“Mattresses can be contaminated with dirt, skin cells and who knows what else,” says Ferguson. “Think of it like a sponge: Over time, it’s so contaminated you need a new one.”

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And, of course, you don’t want to risk bringing bedbugs, lice or other hard-to-get-rid-of pests into your home.

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3. Expensive jewelry

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You might think you’re getting a great deal on that diamond ring from the thrift store, says Stacy Caprio, a blogger with the consumer comparison site Deals Scoop.

“Unless you’re a jewelry expert or can take it to one before buying, you don’t actually know what’s fake,” she points out.

Better save your money for the real deal.

4. Shoes

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This is another purchase that earned a spot in “10 Things No One Should Ever Buy Used.”

The article explains:

“If you’re interested in having comfy feet and minimizing back pain, you might want to skip past the used shoe section at the thrift store. Shoes often come to conform to their first owner’s feet, which can make them uncomfortable for you.”

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5. Electronics

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J.R. Duren, personal finance analyst and senior editor at consumer review website HighYa.com, says it’s best to avoid thrift-store electronics when possible.

Cords could be frayed or internal wiring might be degraded, leading to safety problems when you plug it in.

“Just because a monitor powers on doesn’t mean it’s devoid of issues,” Duren points out. “There could be glitches that you don’t see with a 30-second test — but that would annoy you if you took the monitor home and used it for work every day.”

6. Small appliances

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You can’t be sure that small kitchen appliances will actually work as expected when you buy them at a thrift store, says Steven Millstein, an editor at CreditRepairExpert.

He points out that items like blenders and kitchen appliances, which you can’t adequately field test, are likely to be outside their warranty. And you could spend the money with no recourse if things don’t work out.

7. Vacuums

“Vacuum cleaners are not built to last long,” says Millstein, citing a Consumer Reports article putting the average lifespan at about eight years.

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You should buy these items at thrift stores ! There are all sorts of platters and serving trays that you can find at the thrift store . In fact, you can find lots of dinner items if you look hard enough! Good advice, although I never see chairs at thrift stores in our area. Glassware is iffy because there aren’t

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As with kitchen appliances, you don’t actually know how the status of the warranty or the history of the item.

“Buying a vacuum cleaner from the thrift store is a big gamble,” Millstein says.

8. Underwear

Jennifer Hayes, founder of the website Smarty Pants Finance, doesn’t like the idea of someone else’s intimates becoming, well, intimate with her own body. You can’t always get underwear completely clean.

“Undies can be had for fairly cheap, so it’s worth it to go new on those items,” Hayes says.

9. Bedding

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You can’t always completely sanitize bedding, either, Hayes notes.

If you’re concerned about what used bedding could be harboring, she suggests looking for new complete sets of bedding. You can find them at big-box stores like Walmart and online retailers like Amazon for as little as $20.

10. Beauty products

Even sealed cosmetics could be expired or otherwise past their prime.

As we detail in “8 Household Items That Go Bad — or Become Dangerous:”

“In some cases, they may simply not work as well, but some cosmetics may collect bacteria over time and may pose a health risk.”

11. Tools

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Tools sold at thrift stores could have hidden wear and tear that makes them dangerous to use, says Jennifer McDermott, a consumer advocate with personal finance comparison website Finder.com.

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You should buy these items at thrift stores ! I wouldn’t buy a mattress or blankets at the thrift store (just a personal opinion), but you can definitely get some Good advice, although I never see chairs at thrift stores in our area. Glassware is iffy because there aren’t enough that match to make a set.

You should buy these items at thrift stores ! I’ve seen board games in nearly perfect condition for only a dollar or two at the thrift store . Good advice, although I never see chairs at thrift stores in our area. Glassware is iffy because there aren’t enough that match to make a set.

“Think of a hammer flying across the room because its handle fell off, or a wrench slipping and catching a finger,” she says.

12. Toys

It’s not just about the inconvenience of missing puzzle pieces or an incomplete set of parts.

“Afflictions suffered by pre-loved toys can render them dangerous to kids as well as useless,” says McDermott.

Stuffed animals could have contaminants in their fur. Broken cords on plug-in toys could present safety hazards.

“Play it safe and stick to store-bought toys or those passed along from trusted friends and family,” McDermott suggests.

13. Car seats

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We advise against buying secondhand child car seats and booster seats in “7 Things That Prove Cheaper Isn’t Always Better.”

The article explains:

“If it’s been in a crash, its integrity could be compromised. In addition, an old car seat could be expired. After years of sitting in the sun or freezing in the winter, the plastic may be degraded or the seat may be so old that it no longer meets current safety standards.”

Multiple federal safety websites, such as the website of the National Child Passenger Safety Board, offer tips and links to resources to help you choose the best car seat.

14. Cribs

This is another baby buy that you should not make at secondhand shops due to safety concerns.

The federal government implemented new crib safety standards in 2011. So, thrift-store cribs could have been built to dated standards.

Even if you’re certain that a thrift-store crib was made post-2011, the warranty could have lapsed or the crib could have been recalled.

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