Jan 09 2009

Good news about second-hand kids’ stuff

Whew! The CPSC has some sense. They’ve issued a press release stating that second-hand shops will not be required to test children’s products for the presense of lead or phthalates.

From the press release:

The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that children’s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. 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, phthalates standard or new toy standards.

The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties.

I’m not sure how resellers will be able to know if their products have lead content or not without testing.

I’m just glad that we should all be able to buy used childrens’ clothing if we want to!

Hat tip to Smart Spending.



9 Responses to “Good news about second-hand kids’ stuff”

  1. This hardly gives the thrift shops a pass. They still can’t technically sell used clothing for children (or toys or any other item) because there’s no way to “prove” the lead content.

    The whole law is insane.

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  2. That is awesome! I was hoping they wouldn’t make thrift stores throw away all their clothes. :)

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  3. I can understand that the vague wording (or overly generalized wording, pick your phrase) *could* imply the clothing issue, but I personally think the “products” they meant to refer to originally were the things like toys, jewelry, and furniture that were marketed to/for kids that were coming out painted with lead paint. Doesn’t really excuse the lack of forethought when the language could have been more clear from the very beginning, BUT…. *sigh* The whole thing is still bothering me but at least it’s being addressed now.

    On the flip side, in reference to the toys in the resale shops: I would hope that management or owners would have already taken the time to get themselves on the recall email lists via the CPSC and similar forums. They should already be checking items to make sure they aren’t recalled before they accept them for consignment or purchase them for resale in their shops as a method of protecting themselves. If they are not already doing this, hopefully the CPSC and other agencies (business groups, etc) will encourage them to do so. After all, no one wants to take in a stroller for resale and then have a customer’s child get hurt by it when it could have been prevented by a retail resale shop knowing about the recall – it wouldn’t only apply to lead paint but to general health/safety issues and would keep them informed and their business safer from liability.

    Just my .02 – or .05 with inflation. ;-)

  4. This is awesome news. I love, love, love the thrift stores and am so happy that it won’t put them out of business. :)

  5. Yay! I knew they’d get a clue eventually. Now I have to go post this to my Freecycle group…

  6. Thanks for the hat-tip, Kacie.
    I’m so glad thrift stores won’t be forced to dump children’s clothing. If not for places like Goodwill and Value Village, some kids wouldn’t have clothes at all. These stores are lifesavers for those living on the financial edge, and great resources for those who want to live frugally and/or want to recycle.

  7. Boy, there has been a mass of confusion – and panic – for weeks over this. Glad to see it’s been cleared up somewhat. I collect vintage clothing and housewares (as well as buying lots of regular clothes second hand) and am glad to see that the thrift stores won’t be shut down because of this. Phew!

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