Vintage Hardware And Jewelry May Cause Lead Exposure, So Always Buy New
Some toxic home items may be unsafe to use, while others may contribute to lead exposure. Even if that 1970s distressed knob looks like it’ll fit perfectly on your vintage cabinet or dresser, it may come with a risk of lead exposure. It’s more likely it’ll have lead exposure if it’s an item that was made before 1978. You don’t know how old it is or the history of the vintage hardware. It’s best to test for lead before you buy the item, or just skip buying it together. Other items that are dangerous include jewelry, toys, furniture, lead crystal, and toys. Symptoms of lead exposure include delayed mental development, shortened attention span, high blood pressure, joint pain, and fertility problems (Health).