Thursday, April 4, 2013

Thursday Thoughts: Buying Children's Used Items

As you might remember, I enjoy shopping at thrift stores, and now that I'm a grandma, I enjoy shopping for my granddaughter. 


I've found high-quality clothing, toys, books, and equipment at bargain-basement prices, but my shopping experience isn't complete until I get home and turn on my computer.  I check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website to determine whether or not the item I purchased has had a recall issued.  

Recently, I found a cute activity center at a local thrift storeExcept for needing a good cleaning, it was in great condition. 

 
When I checked the CPSC website, though, I learned that my purchase had been recalled.  The soft blocks had been found to be a choking hazard, because they had plastic coverings.  I contacted the manufacturer online and requested a complimentary replacement part.  Within a week or so, I received a new set of soft blocks (without the plastic coating.)


While I don't recommend purchasing some used items--car seats, for example, because you can't guarantee that the seat hasn't been in an accident--the CPSC website takes some of the worry out of buying pre-owned. 

Have you ever visited the Consumer Product Safety Commission website? 



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5 comments:

  1. Yes, I've used the CPSC website before - very helpful.

    Glad that you received replacement parts so your lovely granddaughter can enjoy the activity center.

    Love the photo of you and your precious granddaughter. So sweet!

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  2. That is great they sent replacement parts! I too have used the website...so handy. I think it is great to buy second-hand for kids as they outgrow clothes and toys so quickly. She is adorable!

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  3. I haven't used that before. I have purchased strollers and other toys and I have called the company for replacement parts and owners manuals, but that is good to know! Thanks! I should post all the wonderful things I have found at thrift stores!! :)

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  4. Yes! It's a great resource. I have had good experiences with them helping me get items replaced or repaired after recalls.

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  5. That was very wise of you! I wouldn't have thought to check! I wasn't even aware of that site so thank you for sharing!

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Thanks for making this a conversation. I love to hear your comments!