Toxic Furniture Terrorizes Park Slope Residents


They may think their neighborhood is “safe” and “comfortable,” but Park Slope residents have to contend with urban scourges just like the rest of us. More specifically, they have to contend with the newfound threat of poisoned furniture!

Trailer Park, which retails new, vintage, and Amish handcrafted furniture in the neighborhood, first ran into trouble when a few enterprising Park Slope parents took it upon themselves to test their vintage furniture (naturally), and found that certain pieces from the store had more than five times the legal limit of lead parts per million.

Chris Houghton, the store’s owner, explained that certain vintage pieces had been restored with lead-infused paint years before any health regulations came into existence, and has removed all affected furniture from the shop. “This is a big deal to me,” Houghton said. “I don’t want to hurt kids — I have kids.” Looks like we’re all on the same page, then.

Follow Virginia K. Smith on Twitter @vksmith.


  1. Dear over-concerned parents. When will you realize all this coddling & safe-handling will ultimately harm your children more than germs, dirt & occasional exposure to lead paint. Aren’t you concerned with the plastic crap you’re buying at Ikea? Hell, who knows what toxic chemicals were used to make that plastic chair your baby’s using chewing on. Oh, and want to know why kids are getting more & more sick? It’s not the occasional run-in with germs — it’s the over zealous parent with their Costco-sized vats of anti-bacterial gel who have created kids without an immune system robust enough to fight off basic germs. As a kid growing up in the 70s & 80s, I ate dirt, played with toads & stepped on rusty nails — and rarely actually washed my hands. I know I’ve moved a bit off-topic but seriously folks, stop worrying about antique furniture & spend some time with your kids. Preferably in the dirt.

  2. We always prioritize the safety of our children above anything. But since we are in a generation where we cannot change the fact that everything we eat is not safe, wherever we go… we are not sure if we are safe. So for me, parents of today’s generation should be more aware of their children’s activities inside and outside the house.
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