As of February 10th, you will no longer be able to place used children’s clothes or toys into the “stream of commerce” unless you can prove that they’ve been tested for lead and pthalates. As I and others understand it, that means no selling items without such proof on ebay, Craigslist, yard sales, and church/organization consignment sales (See if your favorite sales are still scheduled). Of course, that means no buying kids’ clothes and toys without certification from these sources either. This act could easily triple the amount that many families pay to clothe their kid until there are enough second-hand items manufactured after Feb. 10 to replenish the second-hand market (and even then it’s likely that prices at thrift stores, etc. will be higher due to the added cost of testing them). It will absolutely eliminate the notion of recouping any of the cost of older items through reselling.
I am shocked… angry and shocked. So seriously our “go green”, failing economy expects us- people who sell used items on Craigslist, at garage sales, on eBay and to consignment shops- to throw away our items because they “may” contain lead or phalates… and furthermore… expect us to buy 100% new toys and clothing because used items “may” contain lead or phalates? Seriously? What kind of effect is this goign to have on our enviornment and also on families (much like mine!) who rely on resale/used items to clothe their children and playrooms.
Ridiculous, if you ask me.
What can you do? (Thank you, This Crafty Mom for these links)
1) Email or call the CPSIA – the office of the CPSC 888-531-9070. Go here.
Comments on Component Parts Testing accepted through January 30, 2009.
2) Email or snail mail your representatives. Go here.
3) Call your representatives. For their contact information just enter your zip code here.
4) Make your voice heard by voting on this issue. The top 3 in each category will be presented to President-elect Obama. Go here.
5) Sign the petition here.
6) Spread the word! Write about this on your blog. Tell others about this issue and encourage them to do the same.