Well, most thrift stores have less in the larger sizes, so I don't buy clothes in thrift stores for myself. But some of my friends are extremely stylish and classy, in normal figures and thrift store clothes. They are not even really second-hand, as often someone will donate clothes they have literally never worn. It was given as a gift, but did not fit or was not the right color, etc. It was bought without trying on, or just before a substantial change in weight. Sadly, some were probably bought by compulsive shoppers, who must clean out their closets periodically to make room for recent acquisitions, whether or not they ever got around to wearing the garment. If you look closely, some of the thrift store's classiest clothes look as though they were literally never worn, or were so well cared for and worn so seldom that the difference is negligible. Your point is well made: once you have brought it home, how is someone to know (unless you tell them) that a given item in your possession was used by someone else first? If it does not look brand new, so what? Most of your stuff is not brand new, after all; recent, maybe, but not knew. Certainly furniture, dishes, flatware, DVDs and CDs and so on get donated to the thrift stores while they are still in excellent condition. Not all the time, of course; but often enough that if you do some checking around, you can save quite a bundle. I'm nearly 60, and I've only very rarely (and very long ago) bought new furniture. And that was unfinished, and I did the stain and varnish myself. Otherwise, used would have been better, not only for the price but the relative quality. Just doesn't seem necessary to spend money for new, even if I could afford it. I've got plenty of better things to do with my money!