Hello friends and followers!
In part thanks to your incredibly enthusiastic response to my recent blog posts and social media activity, I’ve decided to have an XRF “testing party” on Friday, January 20, 2017 at my home in Portland, Oregon!
In order to do this I will need to rent an XRF for a day and the rental cost is $575 (+shipping) so I need to make sure my costs are covered and I’ve come up with a concept to make that happen while giving y’all good value too—if this works as well as I think it can (and more than covers our costs) we can make it a regular (monthly) thing.
Carissa Berg Bonham from Creative Green Living is going to come help me for the day too and we will both be blogging about the results from the #TestingParty. I will also post the results of each and every item tested on Facebook (everybody wins!)
Here’s the plan:
I just need 7 confirmed participants to cover the cost. For $100 I will test everything you can (safely) cram into a 16 x 16 x 16 shipping box.
Please pack carefully (especially if you are sending me fragile items – like crystal or ceramics!)
Ideally this will be 10 to 15 items, which works out to a cost to you of less than $10 per item for testing [very reasonable given some companies charge $40 per item or more], plus you will have the benefit of seeing the results of everything I test for others as well. A list of recommended items (a.k.a.”the usual suspects”) to send is below. [Note: If you cram the box with costume jewelry or small things (significantly more than 12 items) it may make it difficult for us to get through everything in one day – lol – so please do be sensitive to that so it is fair to everyone who chooses to participate.]
I would also ask for “two lovely volunteers from the audience” (in addition to Carissa) to help me in person that day [and as an added perk, those two volunteers can bring a box of their own items to test free of charge].
What to do:
- PayPal me $100 (to TamaraRubin@mac.com), (Here’s a quick link for that) if you need me to send you an invoice first so you can make a payment on the invoice I can do that [and I will send you my shipping address once I receive your payment.]
- Select the things you would like me to test. Print out the PDF form (at the bottom of this page) and fill out with your contact information and information for all of the items you are sending in & pack in the box in #3 with your items.
- Pack a 16 x 16 x 16 box (or about that size but not significantly larger) with things you would like me to test for you and ship it to me to arrive before January 20, 2017.
- Include in that box (or PayPal me right after shipping it, when you know the shipping amount) exact return shipping, so I can pack the things up (back in the box you sent them in) and send them right back to you after I test them.
- If you will want the items back intact, please pack things VERY CAREFULLY with sufficient padding, especially if you are sending ceramics or china!
I will post here on my blog as soon as we have the 7 confirmed minimum participants (although I will happily test stuff for more than 7 people!) If for some reason we don’t get at least 7 people interested in participating in this way, I will of course promptly return your money.
What you will get/how the results will be shared with you (& legal disclaimer): Please note, while I am trained and certified in using an XRF instrument I am not a “lab”—I will give you a single sheet, listing your items with the XRF test results [from readings that are produced from a sustained test of at least 30 seconds duration]. Prior to the testing party date I will send you a blank form to fill out with your information and then I will send that back to you with the XRF readings for the items I have tested. While the XRF analyzer I will be using is a very expensive ($40,000) high-precision scientific instrument that is very accurate [used by public agencies, including the CPSC to determine product safety], the results I provide to you from a testing party are “intended for informational purposes only and are not and should not be perceived as official lab testing results”. You will, of course, be given the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the results afterwards as well – and I will be happy to answer those questions!
Suggested list of things to send for testing:
- A saucer or teacup from your “fine china”
- A saucer or teacup from your “everyday dishes”
- An example of your flatware or kitchen utensils (Mixer blades?)
- ANYTHING Vintage or Antique
- Vintage or Antique Toys
- Vintage or Antique Kitchenwares
- Any mugs or kitchen items with painted decorations
- Costume jewelry
- Vintage or Antique clothing items
- Vintage or Antique plastic items
- One of your keys?
Note: I would LOVE for one or more people to bring their Instant Pots and Vitamixes (as well as their KitchenAid attachments) by for testing!
Thank you for reading! I am looking forward to testing your things. As always, please let me know if you have any questions at all.
Unexpected Lead Expert
& Mother of Four Boys!
Click the image below for a PDF of the form to include with your items. Please make sure to fill out like the sample in the first line and to fill out your contact information (name, address, email and phone) at the top of the form.