Dollar Store Report, 2015

Published on December 1, 2015

In conjunction with the Campaign for Healthier Solutions, Healthy Stuff tested 164 products purchased at four major discount retailers—Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and 99 Cents Only—and found toxic chemicals in a majority of tested products.  

Products were tested for antimony, arsenic, bromine, chlorine, lead, mercury, and tin. A subset of products determined to contain polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC or vinyl) were further tested for the presence of phthalate and non-phthalate plasticizers.

A few products contained excessive lead, including one containg over 6,000 ppm lead. Overall we continue to see fewer product on the market containing lead and cadmium, two potent neurotoxins. Both of these chemicals have been considerable regulatory by the US CPSC. However, the study also revealed that vinyl plastic and toxic phthalates continue to be in widespread use in discount store products.  Several products are highlighted below.

  • 81% of the products (133 out of 164) contained at least one hazardous chemical above levels of concern, and 49% of products contained two or more.
  • 38% of the products tested (63 out of 164) contained vinyl plastic. 
  • Of the vinyl products, 38 were tested for plasticizers. 32% (12 out of 38) of these contained toxic phthalates above the CPSC limits for children’s products.
  • Three products contained a phthalate (DiBP) not regulated by CPSC but found to be toxic by the CPSC. One product contained another unregulated phthalate (DDP), for which data are lacking on carcinogenic, reproductive, and developmental effects.

Product Highlights:

  • Family Dollar retailed Earrings by Mix & Co.: 6,500 ppm lead and 5,900 ppm chlorine
  • Dollar General retailed Headbands: 18.9% DiBP and 1,000 ppm antimony
  • Dollar Tree retailed Silly Straws : 1.5% DEHP and 1,300 ppm tin
  • Family Dollar retailed Vinyl Floor Runner: 18.5% DINP, 3.15% DIDP, 2.88% DEHP
  • Family Dollar retailed Custom Grip Steering Wheel Cover: 16.7% DEHP, 1.7% DINP, 0.20% DIBP, 0.11% DDP
  • Dollar Tree retailed Spider Man Dog Tags: 153 ppm lead, 11,500 ppm bromine, 3,000 ppm antimony, 140 ppm tin
  • Dollar Tree retailed Pencil Pouch: 13.7% DEHP, 0.32% DINP
  • Family Dollar retailed Bathtub Appliques  12.3% DiBP, 6.9% DEHP

Sample Listing

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Healthy Stuff item 1 Inch Poly Binder
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Healthy Stuff item 10 Piece Storage Set
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Healthy Stuff item 100 Mini Lights
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Healthy Stuff item 3 Pack Squeeze Ducks
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Healthy Stuff item 3 Ring Binder
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Healthy Stuff item 50 Mini Indoor Lights
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Healthy Stuff item 5pc Formula Car
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Healthy Stuff item 60 in. Micro USB Cable
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Healthy Stuff item 8 Beaded Necklaces
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Healthy Stuff item Adhesive Gem Strips
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Healthy Stuff item Adult Poncho
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Healthy Stuff item Artificial Nail Set
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Healthy Stuff item Auto Bucket
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Healthy Stuff item Avengers Assemble Backpack
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Healthy Stuff item B'Loonies
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Healthy Stuff item Baby Bottle
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Healthy Stuff item Barrettes - Set of 8
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Healthy Stuff item Baseball Base Set
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Healthy Stuff item Bath Toys
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Healthy Stuff item Bath Tub Appliques
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Healthy Stuff item Bathtub Fingerpaint Set
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Healthy Stuff item Beaded Necklace
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Healthy Stuff item Beads Perles
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Healthy Stuff item Beads Perles #2
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Healthy Stuff item Book Cover
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Healthy Stuff item Bowling Set
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Healthy Stuff item Boxing Gloves
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Healthy Stuff item Bracelet and Earrings with Brown Jewel
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Healthy Stuff item Cancer Awareness Accessories HOPE
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Healthy Stuff item Cars Bread Shaped Container
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Healthy Stuff item Christmas Straws
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Healthy Stuff item Christmas Window Clings
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Healthy Stuff item Christmas Window Clings - Santas
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Healthy Stuff item Clip-On Heart Earrings
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Healthy Stuff item Clip-On Jewelry
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Healthy Stuff item Coffee Shop
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Healthy Stuff item Cookie Tray Kit
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Healthy Stuff item Custom Grip
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Healthy Stuff item Die-Cast Metal Hand Cuffs
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Healthy Stuff item Double Sided Earrings
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Healthy Stuff item Earrings Large Round Textured Edges 9 Pair
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Healthy Stuff item Earrings Oval 9 Pair
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Healthy Stuff item Earrings Small Round 12 Pair
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Healthy Stuff item Earrings Small Round Smooth Edges 9 Pair
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Healthy Stuff item Extension Cord 9 ft
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Healthy Stuff item Extremely Me Blue Necklace and Earrings Set
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Healthy Stuff item Extremely Me Dream Necklace and Earrings Set
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Healthy Stuff item Eyeshadow
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Healthy Stuff item Fairies
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Healthy Stuff item Fairy Garden Blooms Placemat
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Healthy Stuff item Fairy Magic Placemat
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Healthy Stuff item Fantasy Dress-Up Set
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Healthy Stuff item Fashion Doll
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Healthy Stuff item Fashion Earrings - 3 Pairs
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Healthy Stuff item Fashion Girl Doll Black Hair
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Healthy Stuff item Fashion Girl Doll Blonde Hair
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Healthy Stuff item Fashion Jewelry - 3 Skulls
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Healthy Stuff item Fashion Jewelry - Silver Bracelet with Red Jewels
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Healthy Stuff item Fashion Necklace - Lucky Star
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Healthy Stuff item Fashion Stylist
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Healthy Stuff item Favors Surprises
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Healthy Stuff item Flannel Back Tablecover
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Healthy Stuff item Flannel Back Tablecover with Snowmen
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Healthy Stuff item Flower Earrings
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Healthy Stuff item Garden Knee Pad
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Healthy Stuff item Gel Sticker Clings
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Healthy Stuff item Glitter 4 Girls Tattoos
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Healthy Stuff item Glitter Backpack Keychain
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Healthy Stuff item Glow in the Dark Fun Glasses
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Healthy Stuff item Gold Chain and Earrings Set
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Healthy Stuff item Green and Pink Flip-Flops
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Healthy Stuff item Green Binder
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Healthy Stuff item Green Bowl
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Healthy Stuff item Grip Liner
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Healthy Stuff item Grow Creature
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Healthy Stuff item Haunted Tattoos
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Healthy Stuff item Headbands
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Healthy Stuff item Heart Necklaces
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Healthy Stuff item High Shine Nail Polish
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Healthy Stuff item Ice Rings
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Healthy Stuff item Infinity Beaded Bracelet - Bow
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Healthy Stuff item Infinity Beaded Bracelet - Cross
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Healthy Stuff item Infinity Beaded Bracelet - Heart
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Healthy Stuff item Inflatable Dinosaur
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Healthy Stuff item Interchangeable Hairgoods
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Healthy Stuff item Jelly Clear Clog
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Healthy Stuff item Jelly Clear Clog 2
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Healthy Stuff item Jewelry Set
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Healthy Stuff item Juice Squeezer
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Healthy Stuff item Jumbo Necklace Gold Clock
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Healthy Stuff item Jumpin' Frogs
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Healthy Stuff item Just Be Earrings
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Healthy Stuff item Keychain Wallet
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Healthy Stuff item Krazy Straw Mason
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Healthy Stuff item Ladies' Handbag
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Healthy Stuff item Latex Coated Palm Work Gloves
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Healthy Stuff item Li'l Playdate Pal
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Healthy Stuff item Lipgloss Wand and Comb Set
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Healthy Stuff item Mermaid Sirene
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Healthy Stuff item Mini Appetizer Spoons
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Healthy Stuff item Mini Discs
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Healthy Stuff item Minnie Mouse Backpack
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Healthy Stuff item Monster High Tattoos
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Healthy Stuff item My Chic Collection Lovely Patsy Doll
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Healthy Stuff item Paddleball
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Healthy Stuff item Pencil Case - Jake
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Healthy Stuff item Pencil Pouch
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Healthy Stuff item Pencil Pouch - Sofia the First
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Healthy Stuff item Pencil Pouch 3 Rings
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Healthy Stuff item Phone Wristlet
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Healthy Stuff item Pink Breast Cancer Awareness Bracelet
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Healthy Stuff item Pink Spiked Ball
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Healthy Stuff item Placemat
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Healthy Stuff item Plastic Spoons
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Healthy Stuff item Plastic Tablecover
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Healthy Stuff item Polly Fashion Doll
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Healthy Stuff item Princess 3 Brush, Comb & Mirror Set
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Healthy Stuff item Princess Rings
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Healthy Stuff item Princess Rings 2
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Healthy Stuff item Princess Set
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Healthy Stuff item Princess Wand
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Healthy Stuff item Reusable Document Envelope
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Healthy Stuff item Reusable Gloves
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Healthy Stuff item Reusable Water Bottle
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Healthy Stuff item Round Plastic Table Cover
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Healthy Stuff item Self-Adhesive Vinyl Floor Tiles
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Healthy Stuff item Shower Curtain
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Healthy Stuff item Shower Curtain - Polka Dots
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Healthy Stuff item Silly Straws
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Healthy Stuff item Silver Cross Necklace
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Healthy Stuff item Skull Hand Jewelery
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Healthy Stuff item Slide Pencil Case
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Healthy Stuff item Slider Pencil Case - Blue
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Healthy Stuff item Snap Hand
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Healthy Stuff item Sofia the First Magical Light Up Necklace Activity
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Healthy Stuff item Spirit Family Window Decals
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Healthy Stuff item Stick-On Earrings & Rings Set
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Healthy Stuff item Sticky Back Foam Sheets
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Healthy Stuff item Stone Stretch Bracelet
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Healthy Stuff item Stretch Ring
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Healthy Stuff item Sweet Glitz Beauty Make Up Palette
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Healthy Stuff item Table Tennis
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Healthy Stuff item Tablecloth - Blue
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Healthy Stuff item Tablecloth - Red and Green
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Healthy Stuff item Teether Beads
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Healthy Stuff item Texting Necklace
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Healthy Stuff item The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Coin Bank
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Healthy Stuff item Tiaras
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Healthy Stuff item Toilet Bowl Cleaner
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Healthy Stuff item Treat Bags
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Healthy Stuff item Tub Mat
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Healthy Stuff item Tween Fun Glow
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Healthy Stuff item Tween Fun Glow - 2
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Healthy Stuff item Ultimate Spider Man Dog Tags
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Healthy Stuff item Ultimate Spider-Man 3 Boys' Briefs
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Healthy Stuff item USB Charging Cable
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Healthy Stuff item Vanillaroma
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Healthy Stuff item Vinyl Floor Runner
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Healthy Stuff item Watering Can
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Healthy Stuff item Wedding Day
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Healthy Stuff item Window Clings
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Healthy Stuff item Window Clings - Decoration Theme
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Healthy Stuff item Wireless Gear
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Healthy Stuff item Zyrofoam