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Hello,<br><br>
I just wanted to let you know that I compiled a list of websites that sell Toys Made in America. Most of them are for wooden toys.<br><br><a href="http://journeytocrunchville.wordpress.com/2007/08/28/toys-made-in-america-part-two/" target="_blank">Toys Made in America</a><br><br>
Link fixed...sorry about that!
 

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Awesome! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bow.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bow"> Thanks a bunch for the link!
 

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I cant access that link, but would love the resources. Are other people having a hard time with the link. can you repost it if you have time.<br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I cant access that link, but would love the resources. Are other people having a hard time with the link. can you repost it if you have time.<br>
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sarah</div>
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I can't get to it either???
 

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subbing and hoping the link gets fixed<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/loveeyes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Loveeyes">:
 

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I have gotten rid of most of my toys. I ordered new safe toys from Oompa toys. The toys that are made in Europe are suppose to be safe. You have to be careful with only getting the toys that are made and assembled there. I like the HABA toys. I liked a HABA doll but it was made in China. I am sticking with wood toys and plastic balls from Germany. I bought a several lead test kits at the hardware store also. I believe that less toys is better. I love the old article" No more junk toys" in a past issue. I have a six month and twenty month old. I don't think I will ever buy Chinese toys again. This whole lead thing makes me sick when I think about it. I had a speech therapist work with my 20 month old once who told me that wood blocks are best and less is more. Have you ever noticed tht they never play with tons of toys if they see them all the time ? I think bringing out a few wood toys is best. I wish they cost less but I figure the quality and safety is worth it. In the long run I think I will save money and my kids will be better off. <a href="http://www.oompa" target="_blank">www.oompa</a> toys.com
 

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I worry about some of the toys made in the USA because they might get their paint from a company that gets it from China. The German toys from HABA that only use German ingredients are the ones I trust the most.
 

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I totally agree. We are moving towards a less is more philosophy. My husband is having a hard time with it. We literally have hundreds upon hundreds of toys. It's mind boggling and ridiculous. I'm in the process of selling them and will be having a garage sale in a few weeks. We're going to basics: a wood kitchen, wood train, wood blocks, wood table, etc. I am excited for our transformation. It's been a long time in coming and this whole China ordeal was the icing on the cake, the last straw so to speak.<br><br>
There was a good book I read awhile back, can't remember the name, but it wasn't a very natural/ap type book but the one thing it promoted and provided research for was that toddlers need to have less/no TV and little/few toys that are high quality/open ended.<br><br>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have gotten rid of most of my toys. I ordered new safe toys from Oompa toys. The toys that are made in Europe are suppose to be safe. You have to be careful with only getting the toys that are made and assembled there. I like the HABA toys. I liked a HABA doll but it was made in China. I am sticking with wood toys and plastic balls from Germany. I bought a several lead test kits at the hardware store also. I believe that less toys is better. I love the old article" No more junk toys" in a past issue. I have a six month and twenty month old. I don't think I will ever buy Chinese toys again. This whole lead thing makes me sick when I think about it. I had a speech therapist work with my 20 month old once who told me that wood blocks are best and less is more. Have you ever noticed tht they never play with tons of toys if they see them all the time ? I think bringing out a few wood toys is best. I wish they cost less but I figure the quality and safety is worth it. In the long run I think I will save money and my kids will be better off. <a href="http://www.oompa" target="_blank">www.oompa</a> toys.com</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">I worry about some of the toys made in the USA because they might get their paint from a company that gets it from China. The German toys from HABA that only use German ingredients are the ones I trust the most.</div>
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You are right to be concerned. But the concern should travel to German made toys as well. It is important to know where the supplies come from that companies use. It is no good to buy an American made toy if the paint comes from China. Likewise I laugh at the HABA thing that someone mentioned. I too was planning on buying a HABA doll and saw that it was made in China. HABA prices for China quality...no thank you.<br><br>
I think you will find if you look at some of the links (especially the new links at the bottom) that most of those companies heavily pride themselves on making toys exclusively made in the U.S. You have to remember that many of these companies survive only by distinguishing themselves from the [email protected] flooded market of plastic toys and so they can't afford to use sub-par materials. With that said you can always call any company and question where their materials come from. Some of them very specifically state what kind of paints/finishes they use on their toys and some use no paint.
 

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awesome! I hadn't heard of most of these since I mostly buy the European designed wooden toys. I really like a lot of the unfinished woods toys. You're very resourceful!
 

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thank you so very much for this wonderful resource. So are you guys really just getting rid of EVERY toy made anywhere but the US. Oh, it is hard. It is easy and fun to toss out all plastic toys, my son only has a few since we almost always get rid of them....but then I come across Haba toys...ones that encourage creative play.....and they are made in China...it hurts to toss it away. And some of his favorite stuffed animals that are so cute and fuzzy...made in China. What are you guys doing about balls. My son LOVES balls...all made in China...I saw one post about someone buying balls from Europe. Wooden balls wont work since he has an amazing arm..... When my husband comes home from work today he will shocked (but happy) to see almost no toys in the house)...oh and wooden blocks from Melissa and Doug...made in China...throw them out?<br>
Thanks for the encouragement and help,<br>
Sarah
 

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thanks for the link!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Many thanks! I'm bookmarking your site so I can send the grandparents there around Christmas time.</div>
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Me too! And hopefully, since they ain't cheap, it will help cut down on the quantity of Christmas (and birthdays)!!! I get overwhelmed. Honestly, I understand the need to give, but why can't it be towards his college/education costs? Or a pass to the museum? Or his expensive shoes? We already have enough toys for several stages of play and (comparitively) we have very few! Makes me sick... rant over <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Well, we are not actually tossing our toys. I guess I should have been more specific in my post. The only items I am throwing away are the recalled ones (we have a few). I don't feel like dealing with the recall process.<br><br>
All of the other toys we are getting rid of are being sold on Craigslist for the bigger items (Little Tike and Fisher Price big stuff) and everything else will be sold at a garage sale we are having in a few weeks. What's leftover is being donated to local charity's or placed on Freecycle. My view is that no matter how many of us decide to stop buying toys made in China there will always be a demand for them. I see no point in throwing away toys that are not recalled, but that is just my personal opinion. We are using the money from selling these items to replace her toys with new ones. Since we have tons and tons of toys it is raising enough so that we can buy the few quality items that we want in our home now. When I say we I mostly mean me. My husband thinks I've gone crazy and isn't too pleased with what I'm doing. But frankly all of the new toys I am going to buy are heirloom toys. They will exist for my daughters and our future children's children.<br><br>
And you are right...it is very hard to get rid of some of the items. I have some Melissa & Doug too. I am keeping them for a bit longer than the other toys until we have time to replace some of them. I would use some discrepancy. If you think a toy is highly played with and prized and you have a hard time parting with it, then don't. If you're concerned with its safety purchase a home lead test and test it to make yourself feel more at ease. I am basically grandfathering in some of our toys. I am going to keep a few Melissa & Doug toys but I've decided to stop purchasing them in the future. Same with HABA. While I will buy HABA toys manufactured in Germany, I won't if they're from China.<br><br>
I haven't done enough research to know if there are good ball alternatives out there. I'm sure there are. I'll let you know if I find something.<br><br>
Also, keep in mind that just because it is wood does not make it a great toy. My friend's son got a brand new Fire House and Fire Truck from Ryan's Room for his Birthday and I am astounded at the lousy quality. That thing is going to break in a matter of weeks. It is basically painted plywood.<br><br>
By the way I am not against buying products that are not American made. I am really highlighting American toys at this time because it is local (considering if you live in the U.S.) and because I thought I'd start with supporting families in my own country. However, there are some amazing products made in other countries as well. And eventually I plan to have a post that gives links for European toys and toys from other countries.<br><br>
What I am happy about is that I've finally refocused myself into the "less is more" mindset and I'm happy to have arrived here.<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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<div style="font-style:italic;">thank you so very much for this wonderful resource. So are you guys really just getting rid of EVERY toy made anywhere but the US. Oh, it is hard. It is easy and fun to toss out all plastic toys, my son only has a few since we almost always get rid of them....but then I come across Haba toys...ones that encourage creative play.....and they are made in China...it hurts to toss it away. And some of his favorite stuffed animals that are so cute and fuzzy...made in China. What are you guys doing about balls. My son LOVES balls...all made in China...I saw one post about someone buying balls from Europe. Wooden balls wont work since he has an amazing arm..... When my husband comes home from work today he will shocked (but happy) to see almost no toys in the house)...oh and wooden blocks from Melissa and Doug...made in China...throw them out?<br>
Thanks for the encouragement and help,<br>
Sarah</div>
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<div style="font-style:italic;">Me too! And hopefully, since they ain't cheap, it will help cut down on the quantity of Christmas (and birthdays)!!! I get overwhelmed. Honestly, I understand the need to give, but why can't it be towards his college/education costs? Or a pass to the museum? Or his expensive shoes? We already have enough toys for several stages of play and (comparitively) we have very few! Makes me sick... rant over <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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This is my hope too. The Holidays this year will be interesting. I know I'm going to tick some people off in my family. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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AWESOME! Thanks.
 
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