This TikTok Shows the (Very Gross) Reason to Check Your Thrifted Finds Before Bringing Them Home

published Nov 3, 2022
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Be careful when striking up deals online; you might just get more than what you bargained for.

That’s certainly the case for TikTok user @blocheadkg, who bought a secondhand chair that turned out to have a cockroach infestation. In his video, he films an upholstered chair, which at first, seems fine. However, upon tapping it on the ground, it shakes loose roaches that were hiding inside.

In an interview with the Daily Dot, @blockheadkg said that he bought the chair on Facebook Marketplace from someone who was moving out.

“When I got there to pick them up, the whole inside was very messy and smelled bad. Red flag. But the chairs look amazing, to be honest, and didn’t see any roaches at first look,” he said. “So I loaded them up and drive home 15 minutes away. When I got to the parking lot, something told me to check them out first, so that’s what you see in the video. I threw them in the trash.”

Many of his followers said that they would never go thrifting or refurbishing used furniture again. Others argued that secondhand goods aren’t the problem, but rather, how the items are handled.

“Rule #1 when buying used. Wrap in construction bag for 1 week and leave outside,” said one commenter, while another added: “If you buy furniture from FB you MUUUUST get it professionally treated for things like this.”

Thrifting is a fun and sustainable way to furnish a space, but if TikTok is any indication, be sure to inspect and clean pieces before bringing them inside.