1. Debra F says

    I agree with most of the items — but silverware — what’s the difference from eatting off of them once you sanitize them and eatting at any restaurant using their silverware? Another one I would add but it’s probably just me — I wouldn’t want to use towels or washclothes from Goodwill or even sheets.

    • frugal jen says

      I agree friends.. I think several of the items are more of “use caution”.. rather than never buy!!

  2. evans s says

    You can find new wrapped items at Goodwill you just have to look for them. I would not buy the underwear and the swimsuits but the rest of the stuff can be washed. Check the electronic items before you leave the store just because it was donated does not mean it does not work. We picked up a large TV built into a cabinet that has worked just fine these past two years we’ve had it. As for the toys and stuffed animals–large bleach bath for the plastic stuff, and the stuffed animals can go into a washer on hot with Pinesol. My daughter has a large adult sized Mickey that cost me about ten bucks from a thrift store. Yes it was a bit stained but I pretreated, washed it twice and it looks a lot better now.

  3. Renea Greathouse says

    There were some items I agreed with that I wouldn’t buy from goodwill (or any thrift shop) but this author was grasping at straws to come up with 10 items. lol. My personal favorite was the No Buying used silverware. Ummm what?!!! Now I’m going to have that in my head the next time I go out to eat at a restaurant that doesn’t use plastic… “who was the last goodwill freak to use this fork before me?” LOL!!

  4. says

    The only 2 items she listed that I would not consider buying used are used underwear and used make up and, at least where I live, I have never seen either of these items on store shelves (possibly state health laws?). Otherwise, it all comes down to common sense. If I need a blender, I would consider Goodwill. Of course, I would pick one in decent shape and without crustiness that I am unsure I can remove. With a tv, I would make sure it met my needs (proper hook ups) and that it worked properly. I also find it rather offensive, or indicative of the lack of charity on the author’s part, that she pretty much says that nobody donates anything unless it is already junk. My sister gave me shoes in worse shape than those I have picked up at Goodwill. Plus, I know plenty of people who find it is much easier to donate things they no longer need, even if they are still in excellent (even new) condition, than it is to try and resell it. This author did more than grasp at straws, she showed great ignorance in the purpose of thrift stores.

  5. says

    No used mattresses, but most things can be washed and sanitized, so I don’t have a problem buying them at thrift stores. I’m amazed at how many new and with the tags still on things I find there!

  6. S Larson says

    Yes underware and make up are probably a good bet to stay away unless they are new with packaging. I just bought a tv a few months ago to replace my sons that blew out. We allow them to watch movies in their room at times and ride the smart cycle games ($10smart cycle also from Goodwill!). TV works fine and cost me 3.00. I also buy toys there often, just clean them. (Though I probably wouldn’t bother with a stuffed animal) You can look at something and tell if it’s gross or broken, my goodness! LASTLY, I am not into buying used shoes, but recently I bought a new pair of shoes and love them. My goodwill has a 10 day return policy…

  7. anonymous says

    im Ashamed to say goodwill is the only place i can Afford to buy underwear bras. as a single mom, i have no choice. i have never been able to afford a new thing in my life. i get everything new for my son so he has a better life than i had. i hope one day things get better so i can buy my first brand new ANYTHING…even if its underwear. :-( please take my advice and appreciate the little things including new underwear!

    • frugal jen says

      Anonymous.. I have found some decent underwear at my local 99 cent only occasionally. If you happen to have one of those in your area you may want to check it out.. Plus make sure to sign up for the PINK program from Victoria’s Secret. Sometimes they give out totally free panties!!

  8. anonymous says

    I don’t have a dollar store near me. good idea though. i never have good luck so i doubt i would ever get something from VS!

  9. says

    Most of the thrift stores around here are too high. Seriously. My mom spends a few weeks every year in Indiana, and she says the Goodwill stores and other thrift stores up there have much better deals than the ones down here in Pensacola. I’ve seen Dollar Tree items marked $2 or more!

    That said, I wouldn’t consider buying plasticware at thrift stores, stuff like storage containers and cups and the like. I feel like plastic is a lot more porous and can absorb things. Glass and metal items you can pretty much boil and feel like you’ve gotten them clean.

  10. Name Withheld (obviously) LOL says

    Some of my favorite panties (new or stain-free) were purchased at Goodwill. I highly doubt that after a 2 hour, hot water cycle wash, any germs will remain on the material.

    But I do understand that some people are simply appalled to even imagine wearing someone else’s panties. I would also recommend people not to judge too harshly those who do buy used underwear. Re-using such items after proper sanitization isn’t such a frightening, nor stupid thing.

    With that said, enjoy the bargains, or don’t. :-D

  11. says

    I agree with everything pretty much on there except for the silverware, toys, and shoes. I’m surprised this person didn’t say shirts (because another person wore it and think of all the icky things that could be with these used trying on clothes from a department store is any different) lmbo.

  12. Kate says

    I see it as no different than buying used cloth diapers off of ebay or craigslist. My daughter wears used cloth diapers. And I have never had a problem reselling diapers that we’ve used, either.

    Using a public restroom or sleeping in a hotel room (they don’t wash the bedspreads every day, you know) is probably much less “safe”.

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