Used toys: What you need to know before buying

Used toys: What you need to know before buying

Toys seem to be getting more and more expensive every year. So it is tempting to buy used to save money, but used toys can come with hidden dangers.

Ari Declerque has a lot to dream about at this thrift shop.

Dad, Michael, likes buying used toys, but he knows the risks.

"Especially with boys,” Michael said. “They are always into trouble even with things that are safe, so they can make it unsafe if they want to, but we always check for safety. I've seen some really dangerous products."

It is Mary Wygal's business to know what's not safe for kids.

“I see it every day, I see recalled items on Craigslist I see them every day when I am out at other consignment stores sometimes,” Wygal said.

As co-owner of Baby and Me consignment, she has to be careful.

“I've got to research, and if I can't find the information on it, I won't take it,” Wygal explained.

She's researching this set to be sure.

Sometimes you have to look closely for the numbers.

“She's OK. Her date code is saying she is OK to sell,” Wygal said.

When you are shopping used, you can easily do this, too. In the search engine on your smartphone, just plug in the manufacturer's name, the model number and type in recall. The results could save you and your family."

Ruzica Josipovic spots recalled and dangerous toys all the time.

“We have here small baby bottle that's go to the garbage, directly to the garbage,” Josipovic said.

She's a sorter at Goodwill.

Tossing out wooden toys that could have lead paint, toys that are choking hazards and checking for recalls.

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