Would YOU buy second-hand towels? Bargain-loving mother sparks debate as others admit to buying pre-owned bras, knickers and nappies
- A British woman asked where people draw the line on second-hand shopping
- Taking to Mumsnet anonymously, she asked if it was OK to buy used towels
- It prompted floods of responses from opinionated users about what they buy
- Charity shop workers revealed some of the bizarre donations they’ve received
A woman sparked a fierce debate about what is acceptable to purchase second-hand after asking if she should buy used towels.
The British woman kickstarted the thread when she took to Mumsnet to ask where people ‘draw the line’ on buying pre-owned.
She explained that she was shopping for new towels but wanted other people’s opinions on whether it was acceptable to buy second-hand ones or not.
The question prompted a flurry of responses from other users who offered wildly different opinions on what is and isn’t acceptable to buy pre-loved.
Meanwhile, charity shop workers and volunteers revealed some of the bizarre items they have seen donated, including false teeth, ‘latex garments’ and sex toys.
An anonymous British woman prompted a fierce debate after taking to Mumsnet to ask where people ‘draw the line’ on buying second-hand (stock image)
The user explained that she was shopping for new towels but wanted other people’s opinions on whether it was acceptable to buy used towels or not
Starting the debate, the original poster wrote: ‘I try to buy second hand stuff as much as possible. I need some new towels – are second hand towels unacceptable?
‘I think second hand knickers would be a line drawn and towels have probably been just as close if not closer to someone’s front bottom. Where do you personally draw the line?’
Fellow users were divided over whether towels were acceptable, with many comparing it to using hotel towels.
One wrote: ‘I’ve had second hand towels from family so I know who’s had them previously. Not sure I’d have them from anywhere else even with a boil wash.’
However others argued they wouldn’t buy towels, underwear, mattress or bedding.
The question prompted floods of responses from other user who offered wildly different opinions on what is and is not acceptable to buy second-hand
Despite the majority of users arguing that people shouldn’t buy underwear second-hand, one mother admitted that she passes on her eldest son’s underwear to her younger boys.
She argued that a ‘proper wash’ would sort out any issues from underwear, insisting that hand-me-down underwear was ‘logical’ and ‘sensible’.
Other mothers also admitted that they have bought second-hand cloth nappies for their children, but floods of users were keen to disagree with reusing underwear.
One shocked user quipped: ‘Pants? Does chlamydia survive a boil wash?!’
Another penned: ‘Everything apart from pants! Washing machines are pretty efficient these days wink I even have second hand cloth nappies! Absolute bargain off ebay.’
And a third commented: ‘I have bought secondhand nappies for my baby. After a proper wash there shouldn’t be anything there.’
Others swapped stories about the strangest used items they had spotted for sale
Charity shop workers and eBay customers also traded stories of the bizarre used items they’ve spotted for sale, including sex toys and menstrual cups.
One wrote: : ‘Used to work for a charity – we got a suitcase full of, ahem, latex garments, complete with gimp mask and accompanied by a bag of dildos, rampant rabbits etc.
Another posted: ‘Going back a few years here but bought second hand nappies on the for sale boards on this very site. Most of them were fine but one lot were absolutely grim.’
A third added: ‘I have a friend that worked for ebay who told me about the problems they had in controlling sellers and buyers of worn underwear . I think its fine to sell used undies but not unwashed but apparently sellers who advertise their underwear use certain words to hint that the knickers haven’t been washed etc.’
Meanwhile, charity shop workers and volunteers revealed some of the bizarre items they have seen donated, including false teeth, ‘latex garments’ and sex toys
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