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Getting Thrifty: Types of Clothing You Should Never Buy at the Thrift Store

Thrift store shopping is something of an art form. Finding the “good” in Goodwill can be a bit like digging for buried gold. That’s not to say that the treasure hunt isn’t worthwhile; there are good finds and even better deals to be had. Sometimes, even new clothing or rare vintage and designer pieces turn up unexpectedly.

However, if you’re going to go thrifting there are some apparel pieces that you simply shouldn’t purchase (aside from that questionable fox fur gangster-style coat and too many plaid flannel T-shirts to count). Check out this list of do-not-buy items and then just make sure that Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Thrift Shop” is on your playlist on your way to the store — to set the mood, naturally.

1. Underwear


underwear Avoid purchasing underwear at thrift stores. | iStock.com

There is absolutely not a single reason in the world to purchase used underwear, much less at a thrift store. It doesn’t matter if you wash it in bleach and scalding hot water, just say no. There’s no reason to get that intimate with the previous owner. Plus, you can find very accessibly priced, new boxers and briefs that remove any worry and all of the gross, weird factor of wearing a stranger’s underpants.

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