9 Worst Clothing Items to Buy at Thrift Stores, Stylists Say

Undergarments: Underwear and intimate apparel should always be purchased new for hygiene reasons.

Swimwear: Like undergarments, swimsuits are best bought new to ensure cleanliness and proper fit.

Shoes: Shoes can be uncomfortable or worn out, and you may not know the full history of foot health issues from previous owners.

Hats: Hats can harbor germs, sweat, and hair products from previous wearers.

Socks: Just like underwear, socks are best when they haven't been previously worn by someone else.

Mattress Pads and Bedding: These items can carry allergens and bed bugs, so it's safer to purchase them new.

Helmets: Safety is paramount with helmets, so it's better to buy a new one that hasn't been compromised.

Bras: Bras lose elasticity over time and may not provide proper support when purchased secondhand.