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Thrifting may save you cash, but beware of recalled products

March 30, 2019 - 3:30 am
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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — If you thought no one was better for thrift shops than Macklemore, you haven't met Marie Kondo. 

She has single-handedly convinced Americans to part with all the things in their life that don't spark joy. Thrift shops are reaping the benefits with huge increases in consignments. 

But when the Kondo charm wears off — and it will — and before you go back to the thrift shop to start stocking back up, you should know that hundreds of the products that get recalled every year and can't legally be sold in retail stores wind up in thrift shops, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.  

Approximately 51 percent of thrift shops sell children's outerwear with a drawstring at the hood, which can lead to strangulation — avoid those. 

Twenty percent of thrift shops sell hair dryers without protection against electrocution. Only buy those with large rectangular-shaped safety plugs.  

And 12 percent of thrift stores sell cribs that don't meet federal safety standards. 

Visit CPSC.gov to see what's been recalled, when you recall that shopping is a joy after all.