To Thrift or Not To Thrift?

A first-rate list of secondhand items you should avoid at all costs.

This article is from Issue 59: Sep/Oct 2012

As every cash-strapped twentysomething knows, thrift stores are a treasury of cheap goods and unexpected finds. But while you might take home a rare record, a funky chair or the perfect outfit for your next ’80s party, a few common thrift store items ought to be avoided for sure. How do you know which items to thrift and which are worth buying brand new? Here’s a thrift list of items you absolutely, completely want to avoid.