A new law, going into effect on Feb. 10, will prohibit the sale of children’s items (toys, clothing, etc.) unless they have been shown to be free of lead and phthalates.
This could be the beginning of the end for children’s second-hand resale shops. How can these stores afford to pay for testing of all this stuff? I don’t know what it would cost them to test each item they have, but it’s probably a lot. I’m guessing some stores won’t be able to absorb those costs. I don’t know how much they’d have to raise prices to offset it, but it might not be worth it to certain retailers.
Update: One father of two who makes children’s toys says it would cost him $2,500 to test a toy that he sells for $75. Great.
Where will we buy cheap children’s clothing and gear? Where will the current used items go? Landfills?
And what of yard sales? Are you telling me that it will be illegal to sell unverified children’s items there? Good luck with enforcing that, CSPC.
I made a quick stop into Once Upon a Child today to see if they had any baby swings. They had none. In fact, their gear shelves were mostly bare. I didn’t take the time to ask an employee if that had anything to do with the new law. Maybe I’ll call and ask what will happen to the store.
We have a ton of baby clothes right now, and I think we’ll be well stocked until my son is at least six months old, if not older. But after that? I really hope we won’t all have to buy a bunch of brand-new baby clothes.
Perhaps the law can be amended to apply to all items manufactured after Feb. 10. If not, frugal families everywhere will certainly feel the pinch. It’ll be interesting to see how this one plays out.