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 – because you never know what type of mold, mildew, pet dander or dust might be hidden within the woven threads.

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37. School Supplies

There’s not a particular risk when it comes to buying secondhand notebooks, pencils and so on. But the truth is that you don’t need to thrift school-related items. Instead, you can easily purchase them during sales or at big-box stores – and that way 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 Outdated Upholstery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. You see, 85 percent of sofas manufactured from 1984 to 2010 were covered in fire-resistant materials that have been found to contain chemicals that you definitely don’t want to introduce into your home.

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