Last week I was busy. It seemed like the internet was chock-full of freebies and I was out and about running. At the same time, my inbox was getting full with friends emailing me this story out of the LA Times about how from February 10, 2009, there will be no more selling used kids clothes and toys unless you can prove that they’ve been tested for lead and pthalates.
I understand that we need better tests to prevent lead paint in our kids toys and I understand tightening the laws but what this would effectively do is:
* Mean that we can’t buy kids items from garage sales, eBay, Craigslist, church rummage sales, thrift stores, Once Upon a Child or even each other.
* Small boutique type stores and Etsy members will be in a really difficult spot.
It’s kind of funny that it came the same week as me starting a post on thrift store shopping. But it’s consequences are really sad. Last year I bought enough clothes for Isaac to kit him through until next garage sale season. I bought 9 months of clothes including coats, hats etc for a grand total of $50! The cynic in me wonders (along with a couple of friends) if this is partly another way to pump money back into the economy if we all have to pay retail. Whatever the case it’s created a buzz!
In response to the complaints they received, the CPSIA has clarified what the ruling means with regards to second-hand clothes:
“The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties”
You can read the full article here.
So, it does seem like they listened and I think for now all you garage saling, eBayers are safe – yahoo!! I love garage sales!!!