Poll: Will Bed Bugs Keep You Out of Thrift Stores?

The scariest thing about this Halloween season isn’t Freddy Krueger or Swedish vampire children, but the nasty critters known as bed bugs that infect your home via clothes or furniture you could buy from any respectable store. Hollister, Abercrombie & Fitch, Bloomingdales…the list goes on and on. But you know who we haven’t heard bed bug trauma stories from yet? Vintage and second-hand stores.

That’s not to say those nasty, impossible-to-get-rid-of bugs aren’t hiding in that cute 1950s sweater you just bought for $2 in Goodwill. The media is focusing on retail outlets as the source of the problem most likely because common sense would tell you to not buy a used mattress…or used clothes. But as I stepped into my fave thrift store yesterday and picked up a leather jacket and some boots I thought, was I already too late? Did the mere act of entering the store or trying on clothes just infect me? And if so, might as well go for it, yeah? Especially with Halloween coming up, and us broke-ass students and other types not buying our ready-made outfits, how are we supposed to put together a creative outfit? So we ask you: Would the threat of bed bugs keep you from buying 2nd-hand clothes?

Sorry! This poll is now closed.

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