It's about HR 4040 - the Consumer Protection Safety Improvement Act. It was signed into law in August of 2008 and takes effect Feb. 10, 2009. Here's the deal..... It's a law that is meant to protect our kids with the noblest of intentions. Any toys, clothes - basically anything that is targeted for kids under 12 is required to be tested for lead and phthalets. Which is great - I want to know that Megan's toys and clothes aren't tainted with unsafe amounts of lead!!!!
The issue - it's a "backdated" law. I'm not sure how to say it other than that. What that means is that on Feb. 10th, any clothes, toys, baby gear, whatever... that hasn't been tested by a 3rd party is considered hazardous... and it's illegal to sell. It's not a law that says anything made after that date must meet these criteria... but anything that's sold (whether it's 1 month old or 1 year old). Something you buy on Feb 9th could be "hazardous" on Feb 10th.
OK - track with me here..... that means that anyone selling anything that is for kids under 12 has to have a certified letter that it's been tested by a 3rd party or else it's illegal..... SOOOOO - that means that anyone who sells this stuff on E-bay, Craigs list, at a craft fair, handmade clothes in a boutique, anything in the kid consignment stores and seasonal sales, thrift stores like Goodwill, on-line on Etsy, any on-line crafty salespeople (like the no slip hair bows) would be doing it illegally and could be seriously fined OR they have to get a 3rd party tester (which is thousands of dollars). Are you still tracking with me??? Kid to Kid is one of my favorite consignment shops and they've already said that unless some changes are made they will have to lock their doors and declare bankruptcy on Feb. 10th. That means anyone who's working on getting some of their kids clothes ready to consign this spring - may not be able to because it won't be legal.
Sound drastic.... I'm just telling you what I know.
I'm still chewing this over and trying to get my mind around it.
I'll be the first to say - I love consignment stores, Craigslist, garage sales, and thrift stores (heck, 95% of Megan's Christmas presents came from them - without them she wouldn't have gotton most of those toys). So - what's going to happen to them on 2/10/09?
I've checked out a lot of sources and listened to the news broadcasts talking about it - I am a little saddened that unless this is looked at more closely, my dear thrifty shopping days may be over. And during this economy, it's a little scary. What's going to happen to the Children's thrift stores that are the primary fundraising for charities?
Concerned??? Curious???? Think I'm totally making this up???
Here are some links to check it out for yourself.
You can also click the blog link on the right to BabyCheapskate and they have an article.
Who knows how this will end up playing out... but it's food for thought!