Thrift stores have surged in popularity in recent years. You can find great bargains on "gently used" fashions, and other items. There are, however, some things you should avoid buying at a thrift shop. Some things should simply be purchased new, according to urbo.com. Don't buy a child car seat at a thrift store. Did  you know they have expiration dates? I didn't, either. Avoid buying pillows at a thrift store. Any number of nasties can be in a used pillow. You can buy new ones for as little as $5.00 apeice. The same applies to stuffed animals. Bicycle helmets are a one trick pony. You can save plenty of money buying used stuff, but there are some things you simply should by new. You wouldn't buy used underwear or a used toothbrush would you?