Parents Report Lead Paint at Park Slope Furniture Store

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An offending cabinate. Photo credit: Jill Penman for The Brooklyn Paper

If you’ve got furniture from Trailer Park and kids in the house, you might want to think about redecorating, says the Brooklyn Paper.

Some pieces of rustic furniture made from recycled barn wood at Trailer Park — a hip home-furnishing shop on Sterling Place near Sixth Avenue — tested at more than six times the legal limit for lead levels in products, according to parents who say they hired inspectors and conducted at-home tests.

But Trailer Park owner Chris Houghton isn’t convinced his wares are to blame: “You can’t say it’s just my furniture — there are so many other factors,” he tells the paper, suggesting that “if you have a child, and you’re concerned about it, don’t buy it.”

The lesson here, disappointingly, seems to be that upcycled barn wood is probably not the best material for nursery furnishings, even if your baby is really, really cool.

(It’s also worth noting that Trailer Park has plenty of stock made from fresh-cut wood — you probably don’t have to avoid the store, just the barns.)

UPDATED: Trailer Park owner Chris Houghton left us a note which explains a little more about how he sees the situation, and while you can read it in the comments, it seemed too important not to post here as well. He writes:

To Our Customers:

My staff and I at Trailer Park take a lot of care to make sure everything we sell is good quality. Since 1998, we’ve earned a reputation for being a responsible neighbor and asset to our community, and someone you can trust. We want you to know that we care about you, and want you to be informed about your purchases at Trailer Park, as well as any other furniture store you visit.

Some recent news has stated that my shop sold furniture that tested positive for lead. Unfortunately, my comments were edited and did not include my expression of concern for parents and everyone who shops at my store. As you may know, some paint (and therefore painted furniture) made before 1978 in the U.S. may contain lead paint.

Trailer Park sells exclusively vintage and recycled furniture, some of which was built,
painted or handcrafted before 1978. Therefore, there is a possibility that these items may contain lead. We post a disclaimer about this, as required by law, for all customers to read. For your convenience, we sell many items that are unfinished and do not contain any paint, in addition to items painted with new, water-based paint.

We truly appreciate your business and hope that you understand that we mean no harm. If you have any further concerns, please contact me at christrailerparkslope .com, or stop by the shop.

Chris
Houghton, Owner

  • Chris houghton

    To
    Our Customers:

    My staff and I at Trailer Park take a lot of care to make sure everything we sell is good quality.   Since 1998, we’ve earned a reputation for being a responsible neighbor and asset to our community, and someone you can trust.  We want you to know that we care about you, and want you to be informed about your purchases at Trailer Park, as well as any other furniture store you visit. Some
    recent news has stated that my shop sold furniture that tested positive for
    lead. Unfortunately, my comments were edited and did not include my expression of concern for parents and everyone who shops at my store. As you may know, some paint (and therefore painted furniture) made before 1978 in the U.S. may contain lead paint.Trailer
    Park sells exclusively vintage and recycled furniture, some of which was built,
    painted or handcrafted before 1978. Therefore, there is a possibility that
    these items may contain lead. We post a disclaimer about this, as required by law, for all customers to read. For
    your convenience, we sell many items that are unfinished and do not contain any
    paint, in addition to items painted with new, water-based paint. We
    truly appreciate your business and hope that you understand that we mean no harm. If you have any further concerns, please contact me at chris@trailerparkslope:disqus .com, or stop by the shop.
    Chris
    Houghton, Owner    

    • Chris Houghton

      I also want to add and be very clear to our customers that Trailer Park stopped selling both the item in question and stopped using any materials in question the moment we learned about this issue. Also, my shop does not sell children’s furniture or toys. This is an important distinction to understand. Thanks, Chris

  • Heather L.

    I love Trailer Park and have some of the pieces in my home and will continue to buy there when I can.  I also have a kid (who does not chew on the furniture).  Being smart about purchases in on the parent.  Please continue to support this wonderful local store that happens to also have lots of furniture without paint.  

    • Rachel

      This whole thing has just made me really, really excited about the possibility of someday buying a piece of furniture that is not from IKEA. Someday!

  • Steve

    Thanks for being so open about this Chis — seems like you’re doing the right thing! We bought a bench and a table from Trailer Park and have been really happy about it (it is refinished and has no paint)… but if you do buy antique furniture, it odes seem kind of obvious that it would have antique paint.

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