Since I get this question ALL THE TIME I thought I would publish my answer here as a blog post (below is the answer I sent to a reader who contacted me with this question tonight.)
Question: Tamara, can I send you one of my dishes to test for lead?
Answer: You could send me a small saucer to test –
– along with a $25.00 contribution.
July 26, 2020 UPDATE:
- IF you send me an item to test in the remaining days of July – or in August or September of 2020, TEST RESULTS may take at least 10 weeks (and possibly longer) from the date the packages is received to be posted here on the blog.
- I am going to be out of town until October 1st, and will not be able to process your package until then.
- The date that your payment (to help cover testing costs) is received will dictate the order in which I process items (testing and reporting) when I return.
Participating in the independent testing of consumer goods reported here on this blog should not be seen a “service” that I regularly offer, but more of a collaborative effort where my readers help cover the cost of testing and help direct what I report on my blog. (Please note, the blog post is the “report”, I don’t create any other report other than the blog post with the test results.)
Some additional details:
If you want me to test your dishes…
- Search for your pattern here on the blog first. Use keywords including the brand name / manufacturer and pattern name or pattern details (like “purple violets”)
- If you don’t find it – double check in the “Made In” category (like “Made in England” or “Made in Japan” – whatever the country of manufacture is stated on the bottom of the dish.)
- If you still don’t find it on the blog send me a request – you must include a picture of the back and front of the dish and the approximate year purchased / year manufactured. Please put “Can you test my dishes?” in the subject line of your email – along with the pattern and manufacturer – like “Wedgwood – Beatrix Potter” or “Pottery Barn – Emma”
- PLEASE DO NOT SEND ME A REQUEST WITHOUT IMAGES.
- Send your email to TamaraRubin@mac.com
- I will e-mail you back and either let you know if I have already tested it OR (if I have not tested that pattern yet) will invite you to send in a dish.
- NOTE: When you send in a dish it may take 6 to 8 weeks for me to test (sometimes it takes longer and sometimes it can be done more quickly – depending on whether or not I have access to an XRF instrument.)
- Please include a note with your contact information (name, address, phone, email) in with the dish when you ship it.
- Please make sure to pack the dish very well so it does not break in shipping!
As always, please let me know if you have any additional questions!
Thank you for reading my blog!