9 Things You Should Never Buy at a Thrift Store

There are two major reasons I like going shopping for thrift stores. First, I love saving money. Budget decorating is my jam so anytime I can save a little cash I’m up for it.

9 Things Never to Buy Secondhand And, of course, you don’t want to risk bringing bedbugs, lice or other hard-to-get-rid-of pests into your lovely home. You may save little money in Thrift Store

Stuffed Animals

Stuffed toys are they’re adorable, loved one of our kids, the animal / cartoon character-shaped dolls that stuffed with cotton or any similar soft material from the inside.

Stuffed Animals Thrift Store
Image by Bruno Glätsch from Pixabay

Top 7 Best Stuffed Animals For Kids
Aurora World Lil Benny Phant.
EpicKids’ Stuffed Penguin.
Aurora Lion Tubbie Wubbie.
GUND Slumbers Teddy Bear.
GUND Baby Ugg Dinosaur.
Aurora Stuffed Unicorn Celestial.
Wild Republic Sloth.

Yes, but they’re probably dirty—or worse, infested with bed bugs or fleas.


Laptops Thrift Store

A shiny laptop is inviting, but they’re likely to be old (read: very slow) and in bad shape.

So it’s buyer beware when purchasing a used laptop. Unless they have a solid state drive, laptops can be easily damaged when dropped, and you won’t know until suddenly you can’t access your data.

Pet Furniture

Pet Furniture Thrift Store

You’ll never know what previous pets were up to on second-hand pet beds, houses, crates, blankets, and toys. To prevent stinky smells from overtaking your space, and to ensure your furry friend has a clean place sit or sleep, buy ’em something brand new.

But you should also be careful about buying any upholstered piece of furniture secondhand; bedbugs don’t only hide out in beds.

Upholstered Headboards

Upholstered Headboard Thrift Store

While everyone knows bed bugs love to nestle in mattresses, they can also make a home out of just about anything that’s upholstered, and tend to gravitate towards bedroom furniture, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Avoid fabric-covered headboards and be sure to carefully examine any thrifted item before you bring it home.

It’s best to inspect used furniture before buying to avoid pest hidden in upholstered headboards.


Bedding Thrift Store

What are your thoughts on getting bedding from thrift stores in general? This includes sheets, duvet covers, blankets, linens, and more. 

There’s no thorough way to sanitize these items, Used bed sheets can be washed in hot water to rid of germs, but that won’t kill bed bugs, it’s better to spend some extra cash to purchase fresh ones.


utensils Thrift Store

Build a low cost kitchen by taking advantage of deals found at thrift shops and yard sales. It may be that are free of cracks and nicks. You’ll never what’s causing it since you don’t know the previous owner.

Cheaply made utensils can cause metals and chemicals to leach and contaminate your food, but sterling silver and stainless steel are safe to use.

Appliances You Can’t Test in Store

Appliances Thrift Store

We’ll hook up your Secondhand appliance, test it to make sure it’s working and even walk you form the thrift store.

A word to the wise: Make sure you know it works before you bring it home.


Mattresses Thrift Store

Don’t buy a mattress at the thrift store is because many mattresses hold bed bugs in them and because people are unable to see these bed bugs with the naked eye.

Two words: bed bugs!

Used Cookware

Used Cookware Thrift Store

Old cookware that is chipped or scratched can release harmful chemicals into your food. Chipping non-stick coatings and rust are not safe to consume food off of, and over-used cookware may seep harmful chemicals into your food.

When it comes to vintage kitchen cookware, you may want to stick to just using them for decoration and not for food consumption.