What 3 Things Have You Bought But Never Used?


It’s time to clean out the unused crap from our closets. Do you have any unused, perhaps expensive, crap hiding in your home? Have you ever bought something to help you feel emotionally better one day, to fill a short term desire, or to splurge? Did you get some use out of it?

Let’s Squawkback about all the silly things we’ve spent our hard-earned money on only to hide it away. Got any gadgets, toys, clothing, gear, or pretty plastic things cluttering your home with zero use?


Question: What 3 things have you bought but never used?

Fox’s Answers:

  1. A Snowboard. Stupid sport this snowboarding. I gotta pay 60+ bucks just to get lifted up a frozen mountain only to slide down it on my a$$. Fun.
  2. Leather 3-inch stiletto boots. These boots are sexy as hell. Too bad I can’t walk in them.
  3. A pair of skinny jeans. I have hips, what was I thinking?

Your turn! Share your silly purchases by Squawking Back!


  1. Alex October 29, 2008 at 1:55 am

    1. Soldering iron. It was stupid to buy an iron for a small one-off project I had in mind and never getting to actually implement it. I should’ve borrowed an iron.
    2. Kitchen machine. Used it about 2-3 times. In the time it takes to set it up and clean afterwards, I’ll have everything chopped with a knife. I had better invested that money into a good knife. A knife also takes less space, btw.
    3. A lot of crap that I have thrown away and don’t recall anymore.

    It’s funny: it was difficult to recall what never used crap did I buy myself. I figure it’s because the most of crap in my home are gifts from friends. Gonna get rid of those gifts ASAP.

    P.S. Fox, you’re not being fair to snowboarding 🙂 The snowboard is not guilty that you haven’t learned to ride it, is it? It’s a lot of fun, actually, if you learn it. Or maybe you’re simply a ski-person 😉

  2. Jeremy October 29, 2008 at 3:12 am

    1. DVDs. When I had a purge, I couldn’t believe the number of them that were still sealed.

    2. Books. Same as DVDs, lots never even been opened.

    3. Laptop (Netbook). Thought it would be cool to use around the house and take it anywhere. Besides turning it on the first time to make sure it was working, never touched it again and sold it a month later.

  3. Jules October 29, 2008 at 3:12 am

    1. A meat grinder. Actually, I did use this (to make cat food), but not to the extent that I should have to make it worthwhile.

    2. White pleather 4″ heel boots, with a matching bustier (like a corset, but not quite). For a costume party that I never went to.

    3. Bike computer. I thought it’d be interesting to see how far I ride. Then I remembered Google Maps (duh!).

    I have to be careful when people ask me what I want for my birthday or Christmas. A lot of the time I’ll get something completely unrelated to what I wanted. I am rather explicit about what I want, but somehow it always gets lost on the other person. It’s gotten to the point where I’m seriously considering just asking for cash.

  4. guinness416 October 29, 2008 at 4:40 am

    You could still wear the boots lounging round the deck or something. I’m sure the owls would appreciate how smoulderin’ hawt you’re looking.

  5. Lior October 29, 2008 at 5:18 am

    Nada! Absolutely nothing! I’m actually quite good in that respect, buying only whatever I need as oppose to buying crap that looks nice in the store window. As a result, everything I buy – I use.

  6. Miss Thrifty October 29, 2008 at 5:48 am

    1. A PedEgg. Well, I used it once. The revolting adverts sucked me in. But the one time I used it, it was rubbish and I was sorely disappointed. Usually I give unwanted items away or pop them on eBay, but who’s going to want a used PEDEGG? Yuck.

    2. A second-hand John Galliano shirt with fancy twisty sleeves. It’s a size too big for me, but I figured it would fit one day. I see it as (coughs) an “investment piece”.

    3. The solid mahogany bed that I bought off eBay (for a very nice price) in May. It’s in pieces, and I figured that we would assemble it after redecorating the bedroom. Six months on, the bedroom is unchanged and the bits of our “bargain” are still resting against the wall. Sigh.

  7. Lise October 29, 2008 at 6:48 am

    1. An electric lawnmower ($20 at a garage sale). I don’t have much lawn to mow – and hope to obliterate it entirely, eventually – but I thought I could use it to mulch leaves. It’s still sitting in the shed.

    2. Mandoline slicer. Well, I didn’t pay for this; but I did put it on my wedding registry and ask someone else to buy it for me. I tried to use it once and it’s just such a PITA to get the blades in the right orientation and working. Plus, yay, really sharp things! I am sad to say I’ve used the ice cream maker and milkshake maker I got for my wedding more than I’ve used this.

    3. A lunch box. For bringing my lunch to work, of course! Who can begrudge me that frugal habit? But I seem to have lost it, and cloth bags do just as well, since I can refrigerate the stuff at work…

  8. LuckyRiver October 29, 2008 at 7:21 am

    1. Photo Mat Cutting tool…..like I’m going to find the time to cut my own mats!
    2. Jewelry tool set….ditto #1 (hate those 40% Michaels coupons!)
    3. Half of my sons wardrobe

  9. doctor S October 29, 2008 at 9:04 am

    hmmm this is a great one that requires thinking, I will come up with other stuff after I list these I am sure….

    1. Breadmaker – I used it once and then bread I made was decent, it just took way too long.

    2 My entire wardrobe – I have to wear a shirt and tie every day yet I continue to rock the same combinations when I have at least 35 shirts in my closet.

    3. Portable DVD Player – I dont watch many dvd’s and when I need the portable device I am normally driving, so for me to use it then would be a weee bit dangerous.

  10. MoneyMateKate October 29, 2008 at 9:13 am

    – Pretty much all of my nice shoes. I’m not a shoe whore, it’s just a small collection of non-sneakers, nothing costing over $30, but I can count the number of times on my fingers that I wear anything but sneakers in the course of a year.

    – Toaster oven. I have one square foot of counter space in front of the microwave. It sits in the closet.

    – Room humidifier. I really do want to use this, especially now that winter is descending, but I hate figuring out gadgets.

  11. DJFuzzyK October 29, 2008 at 9:18 am

    1. Coffee Maker: We don’t drink coffee, so I bought it for hosting guests at the holidays. It was only $12, but it takes up room in the kitchen cabinets 363 days a year.

    2. Ironing Board. Again, a $10 item, but I’m too busy (lazy) to iron my work clothes. I use coupons and have the dry cleaner deal with it. They do a nicer job on my suits anyway.

    I guess that’s it. We’re pretty good about only having things we use and donating or selling things we no longer use.
    And Fox, I’m a huge fan of skinny jeans and stilettos and will gladly put ’em to good use 😉

  12. Melissa October 29, 2008 at 10:29 am

    Ugh…where do I even start??

    1. Half of my collection of shirts. While none of them cost more than $5 each, do I really need a shirt that I will never wear in a hideous shade of lime green that clashes with my skin tone? Same for the nasty lavender shades and for all of the shirts I have with necklines that don’t work well for me. Just because it is $2.97 doesn’t mean I need to buy it!

    2. Skinny jeans. Again, they were on the $2.97 rack and they were in my size. I was in too much of a hurry to try them on (why I was even shopping when I was in a hurry I’ll never know) only to get home and realize that they only work for 2% of body types.

    3. Sewing Machine. It is a miniture sewing machine, which was just too cute to pass up. I thought I would use it to make throw pillows, because I love throw pillows. Funny thing is, I seemed to forget that I HATE sewing more than just about anything. My sewing projects usually turn into adventures in seam ripping.

  13. Lise October 29, 2008 at 10:56 am

    @Doctor S: Judging by the number of breadmakers I’ve seen at garage sales, you’re not the only one!

    Amusingly, I have a breadmaker which was given to me by someone who never used it. Have I used it? Of course not!

  14. Vered - MomGrind October 29, 2008 at 2:08 pm

    Just like you, most of mine have been items of clothing. Stuff that looks OK in the store or online, but does not work in real life. Too-short dresses, clothes in colors that do not look good on me, etc. Eventually it all finds its way to Goodwill. v

  15. Susy October 29, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    I have a few articles of clothing I’ve never worn, I think I finally gave them all away.

    Mr Chiot’s and I bought kayaks and have only used them a few times. We live on a lake, but we forgot to plan for the fact that we are super busy with our business during prime kayaking weather and when we have lots of free time the lake is frozen. We’re hoping in a year we’ll be able to cut back on work so we have time.

    I can’t really think of much else, we have many things given to us by friends & family we never use. This is part of the reason we decided on no gift holidays with friends & family.

  16. Marci October 29, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    Since it had to be something I personally bought, and I rarely buy anything, this was not easy 🙂
    1. A papermaking press. Since I scrapbook and make cards, I thought it would be great to make my own paper out of the scraps and junk mail, for thoughtful gifts …. In my defense, I bought it right before I moved, and as the house is just now getting out from under the construction mess, it has been packed away with the scrapbooking supplies. Once it starts raining….and I’m not out in the garden….and it’s cold and rainy this winter and I HAVE to stay inside…well, then, it will get used 🙂 haha! I still have hopes for it anyway! (or at least I am still making excuses for it!!!)

  17. Jude October 30, 2008 at 6:45 am

    Hmm let’s see.. It has something to do with video games. Nothing like a 300$ paperweight.

  18. Little Miss Moneybags October 30, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    1. 4-inch red sparkly peep-toe Bandolinos. I have never worn them, and I never will. They were on sale for $25 at DSW, and I’d just been dumped so…

    2. Rain boots. They are hard to walk in and heavy–and my snow boots are just as waterproof, but easier to walk in. I wear the snow boots even in the summer and leave the galoshes in the closet.

    3. Any item of clothing I bought and gave to Goodwill with the tag still on it. I don’t do that so often now, but man, it hurts to remember.

  19. Sherri November 1, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    1. Magazine subscriptions – I keep thinking I’m going to want to read them, but they mostly just sit around taking up space – can’t recycle them because I haven’t read them “yet”
    2. planners and planner refills
    3. clothes that don’t fit or aren’t flattering. some sort of madness overcomes me in dressing rooms…

  20. Riscario Insider November 1, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    1. Dozens of VHS tape cases (now donated)
    2. Dozens DVD cases (may be useful someday)
    3. A home safe … I’m afraid we’ll put stuff in and forget the combination 😉

  21. Brian November 2, 2008 at 7:43 pm

    I like this squawkkback! Had to think of this one for a while. Here’s my list:

    1. Bought an car polisher for my car. The weather didn’t turn out well, and now that its fall, its in storage waiting to be used next summer.

    2. A board game that my girlfriend and I played for 1 day and never played again.

    3. Dumbbells that sit on my floor waiting to be used. Exercise equipment is notorious for sitting around not being used.

  22. DH November 3, 2008 at 12:10 am

    Unlike the last reader i took milliseconds to ‘think’ on this one:

    1. I-pod. Oh and to compound the matter we have a second non-apple MP3 player.

    2. Suit. When another wedding our funeral arrives it is usually out of date or doesn’t fit.

    3. Kids toys. My wife took almost brand new toys and sold them for peanuts in a summer garage sale. We still have too many.

    i have to add one more.

    4. Video camera: spend more time looking for it and charging than actually using.

    Others come to mind, but this is not the forum for that. Honourable mention goes to my calloway golf clubs (i promise to use someday) and my ‘too cheap to pass up’ grinder from ‘crappy tire’

  23. Potato November 10, 2008 at 11:39 am

    1. A guest bed. After getting a house with a spare room, and living 2 hours from our parents and most of our friends, we figured people would actually come and visit us… not so much 🙁 I keep debating taking the brand-new mattress for myself, and putting mine down in the guest room for the off chance we actually do get a visitor, but I’m just too lazy to bother with the stairs.

    2. A coffee maker. I don’t drink coffee, never have, but Wayfare insisted we needed one in case we had guests who wanted some. Living 2 blocks from a Tim Horton’s, we’ve found whenever our guests want coffee, they just stop there on the way. So the coffee maker has never even been out of the box.

    3. I’m sure you’re seeing a trend by now… chargers and cheese knives and “serving” casserole dishes and veggie dip trays and a turntable of some sort (in case you can’t reach the cheese on the other side of the small 10″ thing?). They’re all up on the top shelf where Wayfare can’t even see, let alone reach, still in their boxes, so I’m thinking of just leaving them behind when we move again.

  24. Mrs Pillars November 22, 2008 at 7:04 am

    A gadget for holding open yard waste bags which I somehow never think to use. (very cheap but annoys me anyway)

    Books – things I “should” read. This is not happening anymore because I switched my buying habit to using the library.

    Stuff to help organize – when I really should be purging. 🙂

  25. Karen April 27, 2015 at 10:45 pm

    I have owned three bread machines. I used to put the ingredients in the machine around 11:00 pm ,put it on the selected cycle and awake to fresh bread in the morning. (everyday, 3kids lunches to pack) One morning at 2:00 am, I woke at to the smell of something burning. Flour had shot over the top of the pan and was smoking. People do not try this at home!
    Biggest waste of money my engagement ring set bought during the ’80’s when gold was way up there (less ring for the money) It has not fit for years as I married at age 18 with way smaller fingers.

    A brand new Dodge Nitro that nearly killed us twice and we bought to tow a camper only to find out later that the first year model had a car transmission that could barely do what was promised.

    Expensive bras that fit no one properly

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