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I am fiiiiired up!

January 9, 2009

**Disclaimer: Everything stated here is what I’ve seen and researched, thus far. There could be news I haven’t seen yet that makes some of this information incorrect.

I started writing a post about how great consignment shops and sales are for buying children’s clothing, but it turns out that I’m a little late.

Yesterday, it was released that a new law will be taking affect Feb. 10, 2009 that will ban the selling of used children’s clothing and other various items, such as cribs, play yards, etc. due to the lead content in these items. Not only can these items not be sold in consignment and thrift stores, but at yard sales and even on eBay. As a soon-to-be-mother, I think this is ridiculous!

They did revise it and say you can sell it as long as it doesn’t exceed the lead limit, but who can afford that!?

“It costs close to $500 an item to test the lead content. So, if you own a store and have 600 products, you’d have to pay $300,000 to get the items tested.” From Learning Resources

What about those that cannot afford new children clothing? Or a new crib? Too bad for you. Let’s hope someone will just give you one.

What about this country talking about “going green?” What do you do with all these children’s items that you can’t sell or get rid of, do you throw it away?

It will be illegal to sell or give these items away to charities, and the government will require their destruction or permanent disposal, resulting in millions of tons of unnecessary waste, and placing an enormous strain on our landfills.
– From change.org

Businesses are having to close and people are losing jobs over this. Way to go, Congress, you’re really helping your economy.

Another concern is will new children’s clothing become more expensive because they know that is the only way you can attain them?

I’m still researching it, but I think this also will affect those that handcraft children items.

I told you I was fired up.

Click here for Google search of CPSIA and Consignment
Once you read about this law, please contact your representatives:
Senator Jeff Sessions
Senator Richard Shelby
Representative Jo Bonner

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2009 2:45 pm

    The CPSC’s press release is basically an attempt to imply that shop owners become bootleggers. No different really from Prohibition. Liquor was illegal, government mostly looked the other way ignoring the speak easy’s, but the cops
    could still arrest you and throw you in jail if the anti-liquor crowd made a stink to local law enforcement. Prohibition was repealed as we know – it took a little while.

    Don’t you find it curious that not one of our state or federal officials have gone on TV in person to address the issue?

    Please consider visiting the savekidsresale.com and sign the petition and send e-mail to congress.
    Deb

  2. amymezzell permalink
    January 10, 2009 2:10 pm

    We were talking about this at work since we have a big consignment sale 2 times a year, but we’ve now received an email from a consignment sale listing website basically telling us not to worry – that is was more for established stores and won’t effect us the same. That makes us a little relieved (if it’s true), but I have heard lots of stores and companies are closing down. It is all ridiculous. If that is a solution to helping out the economy, it’s just one more case of someone not trying hard enough or really thinking about what this will mean. Lots of people cannot afford new clothes or other items, and now, they’re just screwed. Once again, they’re only concerned about making money than caring what it will do to people. I do think they’ll go back and revise these regulations before too long because everyone is already so fired up. Plus – how in the world would those inspection tests be performed or regulated? It seems impossible to keep a check on every consignment store and every item they have.

  3. hollydoodle00 permalink
    January 12, 2009 8:45 am

    http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/pending/cpsia.asp

    I thought you would be interested in what snopes had to say. I certainly hope that it isn’t as crazy as we think it is. I’m all about some consignment stores for zoe’s clothes!!!

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