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Many people swear by their local thrift store for finding quality merchandise at bargain basement prices.

The AARP and U.S. News & World Report, as shared with consumer resource Bottom Line Personal magazine, shared the following for shopping thrift stores:

* SHOP EARLY IN THE WEEK. Most thrift stores' donations arrive on weekends, so the inventory is larger at the beginning of the week.

* HUNT "CATEGORY BARGAINS." Shirts, for example, may be all the same price, whether they are K-Mart or Tommy Hilfiger.

* SURF THE INTERNET FOR RECOMMENDED STORES. Reliable sites include TheThriftShopper.com and ConsignmentShops.com.

And NEVER buy the following at thrift stores. They are either safety hazards or health risks:

* USED CRIBS

* USED CHILDREN'S FURNITURE

* USED BICYCLE HELMETS

* USED CHILD SAFETY SEATS FOR VEHICLES

* MATTRESSES

* SWIMSUITS

* SHOES

* HATS

* MAKE-UP

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