Toys are adored both by children and by adults. Children play with toys to enhance their physical and mental skills while adults buy them to add to their collections. In the past, handmade toys are very popular. Every little girl has her own stitched doll while every young boy plays with wooden horses and boats. But as time passed, handmade toys slowly lose their popularity; and ever since the introduction of Barbie in the 1950s, these toys have disappeared from the limelight.
Fortunately, there are still several artisans who continue to produce handmade toy cars for boys and handmade dolls for girls. The industry of handmade products has thrived once more when people realized the harmful effects of commercial products to the environment. However, in 2007, many toys were proven to contain hazardous substances. That is why the CPSIA or the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 created a rigorous set of documentation and testing requirements for the manufacturers of children’s products. This means that sellers of handmade toys are supposed to pay $300 to $4,000 for the testing process of each toy. Of course, such price is too much for a small-time toymaker to handle. So as a result, most stores selling handmade toy cars and dolls were forced to close down.
Then again, the industry of handmade products did not die. Well, it will not die if we continue supporting it. Handmade toy cars can still be bought, but there are certain considerations that you have to make when buying these items. For instance, you need to have a good look at the toy that you want to buy. Pick it up from the shelf and scrutinize it. Make sure that it does not have any sharp edges or sharp things that stick out of it. If you are buying handmade toy cars made of wood, see to it that there are no wood splinters. You must also ensure that the toy does not contain small or detachable parts that children might swallow. Furthermore, ask the seller if they comply with the law and if the toys they sell are non-toxic.
Buying handmade toys is really great. If you buy one, you get to help save the environment. These toys are made using natural materials, and they did not come from factories that emit toxic substances. You also get to support the livelihood of artisans and simple people who sell these products. In addition, you get to avoid crowds and long queues in department stores and expensive toy stores. Handcrafted toys are also long-lasting, durable, and more honestly made. They are also safer and more original. If you buy toy cars, you get the feeling that they are made with utmost care especially for you.
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