Buying Shoes at Thrifty Stores and Foot Fungus?

I have started going to thrift stores to shop because of less work. I see people buying really nice looking shoes there, good name brands. How do you try on used shoes and not have to worry about foot fungus and catching it?


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January 8, 20120 found this helpful

The way I look at it is anytime you buy something in the line of clothing, shoes, hats, etc. that is used you run the risk of maybe picking something up that you don't want. The point when you are trying to economize is when you go shopping, do you do it because you absolutely need something new, or because you want it. You also don't need the fancy name things.

There are stores something like Family Dollar, etc. that have clothing, etc. for very little. Myself, living off a total of $700 a month, I shop exclusively at WalMart.


I would rather have new clothes, shoes, etc. than buy used stuff, even if it isn't as good quality. When you buy used, the items are partially worn out, so do you actually get as much wear out of it, as if you bought a new item at a discount store.

I am a quit large person and have to order my clothes out of catalogs, which is expensive, but how many clothes does a person need, so I make do with less than I probably would like to have.

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January 9, 20121 found this helpful

Always carry a pair of nylon footsies (or the cut-off feet from an old pair of nylons) in your purse along with a small can of foot powder (or spray) and use when trying on shoes. Even if you already have stockings on use the footsies over them to keep your stockings from coming in contact with the shoes. Don't forget to wash your footsies when you get home so they are ready for the next shopping trip.


This is also good to do even in a 'new' shoe store. You never know who might have tried on those new shoes before you.

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January 9, 20121 found this helpful

If you decide to buy the shoes I think spraying the inside with Lysol will kill the fungus if there is any in there. My advice though is that if you buy a fairly new pair of what were expensive shoes, the former owner would have taken care of her feet and not had a fungus.

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January 9, 20120 found this helpful

What do you call used clothes anyway? Most new clothes in the department stores have been tried on and sometimes multiple times and days on end. So in my mind most all clothes are used. If that makes any sense. I don't know why anyone would be a subscriber to ThriftyFun is he/she is so opposed to buying used clothing.


And just recently someone posted about the dangers of buying used furniture. Always someone, like politicians, trying to put the fear in our minds of the dangers out there that are, in most cases, unjustified.

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September 28, 20190 found this helpful

Do watch out for bugs that can infest some woods. One time I found termites, and another time ,spider eggs . Leave outside a couple days to see what comes out.

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January 9, 20120 found this helpful

The nylon footies already mentioned (like the ones shoe stores have you put on) is a good idea but, if it wouldn't embarrass you to use, you could also carry a couple of plastic produce bags and slip your feet into them.

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January 9, 20120 found this helpful

Some answers were a bit "overzelous" but basically nothing can live without food. In other words, any nasties in shoes, couches, or clothing has to have something to keep it going.


I googled the question and found this lovely site to help.

I once had a thrift store owner walk up to me and assure me that she washed all here clothes so no one would get AIDS...yes, this was in 1984.

Most people wear their own socks when they try on shoes as they came in with them on...except sandals of course. Then yes, the 3/1.00 Walmart footsies in the little plastic bubbles are a good thing to have with you anyway.

And a good point was made that the clothes you buy new aren't new really, and even if they were, they are used the first time you try them on or wear them too.

I would and do buy anything that saves me money, and once cleaned stop worrying about it. You are more likely to get germs from the shopping cart you put things in than the clothes or shoes you try on.

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