40 Thrift Store Items You Should Absolutely Always Avoid

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38. Rugs

A gorgeous, colorful textile can be tempting, but think twice before purchasing a thrift-shop rug. This is especially true if you have allergies – you never know what type of mold, mildew, pet dander or dust is hidden within the woven threads.

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37. School Supplies

There’s not a particular danger in buying second hand notebooks, pencils, etc. But the truth is, you don’t need to thrift school-related items. You can easily purchase them during sales or at big-box stores, and you and your family get to use brand new supplies for the same price.

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36. Outdated Upholstery

That fabric screaming “vintage” in a bad way? It could be toxic. Eighty-five percent of sofas manufactured from 1984 to 2010 were covered in fire-resistant materials that have been found to contain chemicals you definitely don’t want to introduce into your home.

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