How To Judge the Safety of Vintage Toys

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Q: I'm wondering if anyone can help me out with this. I love to find older "vintage" toys for my son to play with. Not only do I live the style, they are also usually good quality, and built for imaginative play. However, the only thing I'm concerned about is the fact that they were not built to today's safety standards. Is there some guide or thing I can look for to determine whether the paint and other materials are safe for little children?

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Editor: We love vintage toys too! Can anyone help Marg with this question? Are there any types of vintage toys you stay away from for safety reasons?

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As Apartment Therapy's Managing Editor, Carrie covers design and modern homelife with children. A lapsed librarian, she lives in Brooklyn with her husband and two kids and is in contention to break the record for most hours spent at the playground.