What NOT to buy in a charity shop

There are some things people buy from charity shops which are just plain wrong. I want to shake some people when I see them inspecting these things, what is running through their head? People must buy this stuff because it’s on display but here is my list of what NOT to buy in a charity shop.

Lingerie
This has got to be the most obvious…. I am not even going to go there. Even if it’s vintage and seemingly unworn Rigby & Peller, I simply can’t bear the idea. Why would you? Let’s move on pronto.

Bed linen
Sorry but second hand bedding is a nearly as vomit inducing as lingerie. I know not everyone can afford the uber coveted new Diane Von Furstenberg Urban Jungle collection but why oh why would you want someone’s discarded old drool-drenched pillowcase or soiled bed sheet? There are so many places to buy new, affordable and gorgeous bed linen. Try Matalan.

Nightwear
This is in the same category as bedding and lingerie. H&M have cheap t-shirts and pretty frilly sleep time things. Primark have affordable bed clothes. Don’t buy someones Granny’s nightie.

Any item of clothing with deodorant marks
If you are seriously considering buying anything with visible deodorant or sweat marks, pinch yourself hard and consider the following words…. that is someone’s sweat! NO NO NO! Put it back on the rail. We are aiming for a charity chic look here. You don’t want it. Grim.

Socks
Trust me, I’ve seen people eyeing old socks up in charity shops. Even the most dainty of feet sweat. Don’t kid yourself that the socks you are considering buying have come from clean, pretty tootsies. Picture athletes foot, veruccas and ingrowing toe nails. That’ll soon steer you towards the pretty dresses.

Towels
Enough said.

Swim wear
Old swimming costumes, bikinis and trunks (god forbid you are buying Speedos anyway so I won’t include in the list) are saggy, see-through and generally minging. Don’t even think about it!

What do you think? And most importantly, what have I missed off the list?

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