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What are some items that you would not purchase from a thrift store or yard sale?
I think personal care products are a turn off for a lot of people. I personally wouldn't buy products related to food preparation. There are some things (like coffee makers or toasters) that I like to clean properly. Many people dont. So buying them from a thrift store or yard sale is something I probably wouldn't do.
I am a big thrift store shopper. One of my rules of thumb is to never buy hats. Lice can spread easily and are undetected in the folds of a hat. Then there is the obvious...used underwear. No explanation needed on that one!
Very personal items, partially filled bottles of perfume or something like that. Undergarments, shoes, sheets, etc. anything like that would have to be sanitized. I guess mostly I WOULD buy books, or picture frames, little things like that.
Check out rummagesalesite.com/static/yardsale_dont.html - this is an article on what not to buy at a yard sale
My rule is only buy things that can be easily laundered, dry cleaned or steam cleaned. Even so, I wouldn't buy used socks or underwear however much they were washed; there's really no need as new is not expensive.
I definitely wouldn't buy shoes or hats unless they showed absolutely no signs of wear inside or out and were a serious bargain; I would still steam clean them anyway.
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