Buying used items online or from flea markets or thrift stores can be a fun way to get unique, discounted pieces for your home. However, not all items stand the test of time and it is best to purchase them new. Martha Stewart, an expert on all things kitchen decor, told us which items she’ll never buy and which ones she will.
Martha is a big fan of shortcuts (just look at her “Don’t Do It Yourself” campaign with Pure Leaf Tea!), but she doesn’t recommend using second-hand shortcuts with these items. For best quality and performance, we recommend purchasing the following items new, with a few notable exceptions.
1. Food processor
Martha Stewart said H&G“I will never buy a used food processor.” This is because over time, the blades become dull and do not perform well. Furthermore, since it is a device with a lot of moving parts and accessories, it is difficult to ensure that the pre-owned version has all the original parts.’ To get the best performing food processor, Martha recommends purchasing a new food processor.
On the other hand, purchasing a tool like a blender that processes food but doesn’t do a lot of chopping is a legitimate buy used, according to Martha. “I would buy a used KitchenAid mixer if it was the right color,” she said. For example, people loved my Martha Green appliances, and when I put up a big sale on my house in East Hampton, they immediately said yes. There are certain things that people collect and I understand that. “Now I’m sorry I ever sold anything that was green,” she laughed.
In our interview, Martha said, “I wouldn’t buy a used juicer.” Similar to a food processor, the blades on a juicer become dull over time, making it less effective the more you use it.
Although it may be tempting to buy devices like these that you might use less frequently, Martha Stewart doesn’t recommend it. Sometimes, as its Pure Leaf Tea campaign reminds us, it’s important not to do it yourself.
“I don’t really buy used knives because I want really good, sharp knives,” Martha stated. “There seems to be a pattern here. Like food processors and juicers, knives get dull over time, so buying them new is a better investment.
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4. Bed linen and towels
Although Martha Stewart swears by getting almost anything with a new blade, the same rules don’t apply to soft furnishings.
Martha said H&G:’A lot of people won’t buy used sheets or towels, but I don’t see a problem. If it’s beautiful sheets, antique or embroidered linen, or very high quality, I’ll buy it. I wash it and use it.
High-quality bed and bath linens made from long-staple cotton are woven to last, so they may be more durable than purchasing new, more affordable options. Furthermore, antique linens often contain unique details like hand embroidery or lace work that you can’t find in more modern pieces. If anyone tries to judge you, just remember that Martha agreed.
Whether you’re a thrift fan or just starting out thrift shopping, following expert advice is a great way to ensure you’re getting the best items to get the best deal. Once you’ve found your perfect pieces, our guide to decorating with vintage is a great place to start for inspiration. Just make sure your purchase doesn’t include a juicer, food processor, or knives to keep Martha Stewart happy.