Monday, February 2, 2009

Childrens products are getting a facelift!

How have I not heard about this?

I read this through Baby Cheapskate and it said starting February 10th 2009, you could not buy nor sell your used kids clothing or toys. And no donating them, either.

I freaked.....FREAKED!

I have just made it through all of the clothes handed down to my son, and am now ready to start hitting consignment shops hard to fill in the gaps. The thought that I would have to *gasp* pay for new clothes had me and my budget FREAKING!

I called my favorite local consignment shop. The seemingly vague teenager who answered the phone said that the owner of the store would get a certificate from "the government" and that the new rule only applied to "the main stores, like Walmart" hmmmmmmm....don't get me wrong, but I just didn't have too much confidence in that phone call!

OK so calm down folks, turns out they revised the rules, according to the LA Times.

"sellers of used children's products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits . . . or new toy standards."

But this does apply to all products sold for those age 12 and younger, including handmade clothing and toys. So that really hurts small clothing lines, and any person creating a children's product that can't afford to have it tested for lead content.

So it looks like my consignment shop isn't going anywhere, but the face of children's products is definitely changing!

No comments:

Post a Comment