New Fed ‘hand-me-down’ law will get you down

Do you have your hand-me-down-ers lined up yet for your kids’ and grandkids?
This weekend will make it one month until the Consumer Product Safety Commission essentially puts thrift stores and parents who sell their kids’ old stuff– to make way for new – out of business.
The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) will take effect on February 10, banning lead and phthalates in anything kids might “reasonably” put in their mouths (because we all know kids are reasonable?).
So how is everyone going to prove our kids aren’t getting a mouth full of nasties? Every productmaker under the sun is now required to put every product (kid-related) up for expensive third-party testing. Each test will result in a label for the product to make us all feel so much safer.
No label? You can’t sell it.
Yes, even if it’s an old pile of kid’s books or a t-shirt from 1999.
So what does that have to do with Sullivan County?
In case you haven’t noticed, we’re chock-a-block with libraries and civic organizations that like to hold sales to boost their coffers.
Come February 10, anything for the kids is going to be off the tables.
So those fabulous library sales (the Western Sullivan Public Library has one of the best)? Don’t expect to get a bargain on “Babar.”
Like outfitting your kids with thrift shop goodies? Don’t bother looking.
It will be hard going for shoppers.
But what about the libraries, the church-run thrift shops, the rest of the civic groups?
This is going to hurt them too, and in our economy, who is going to step in to help them – so they can help us?
So while you scurry about, trying to sell that last pile of clothes they’ve grown out of on eBay, how about you hit up the local thrift shops to give them a much-needed boost before it’s too late?
And, while you’re at it, head online to www.handmadetoyalliance.org to find out how to fight the changes in Washington.

NOTE: AFTER THIS WAS WRITTEN AND PUBLISHED IN THE SULLIVAN COUNTY DEMOCRAT, THE CPSC PASSED AN AMENDMENT WHICH PROTECTS THE THRIFT SHOPS. READ THE NEWEST INFORMATION HERE:

UPDATE: Thrift Shops Won’t be Affected Under New Phthalate, Lead Ban


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