Where to Find American Made Toys for Kids

Many of the toys you see for sale at major toy stores and department store chains are made in China, and with the recent recalls of foreign-made toys and the recent worries about foreign-made toys that are readily available in the American market, you may be asking yourself, “Where can I find American-made toys for my kids to play with?”

You’ll have to look a little harder to find toys that are produced in America, but they are out there, and it’s worth the extra effort to know that your kids are playing with something that is healthy, safe, and good for American businesses.

To help you narrow your search, here are three great places to look for quality American-made toys:

Farmer’s markets

Local Saturday markets and farmer’s markets are a great place to find safe and wholesome toys for your kids without paying the high prices that are often attached to mass-produced toys. My local market has wooden toys, glass marbles, and stuffed animals which are all unique, and would make excellent playthings for your kids. As an added bonus, you can feel good about contributing to your local craftspeople by shopping at the local market.

Etsy.com

Etsy is an Internet store where a large collection of individual sellers sell handmade goods. There is a fairly large selection of children’s toys on Etsy, and it’s worth a look. While not all of the vendors on Etsy are American, many of them are, and those that aren’t still sell handmade goods which can generally be assumed to be safe for your children to play with. The website is very easy to search: to find toys, simply confine your search to the toys’ category, and add search terms to help you find what you’re looking for. Etsy usually has multiple listings for wooden toys, cloth toys, and other innovative playthings, and the prices are commonly very reasonable.

MadeInUSA.org
http://www.madeinusa.org/nav.cgi?data/toys&

The Made in the USA search engine has a list of online and brick-and-mortar businesses which sell items made exclusively in America, in a variety of categories. There is a toys’ tab, so you can look exclusively at USA toy manufacturers, which will help you make smart choices for your kids. As a bonus, once you’re done shopping around for toys for your kids, you can continue searching the database for other made-in-America goods, and find new great ways to support American businesses.