Thursday, January 8, 2009

Good News for Thrifters! New consumer law requires lead testing has been amended today!

I am an avid thrift store shopper which I am sure you know if you are a regular readeer...(Do I have any regular readers?!) I am pretty much addicted to the thrill of finding beautiful brand name clothing items for Jamie for a dollar or two. So addicted that I thought I better join my fellow friend and thrifter, Cinda, in a 'No Buy' January. When you are a thrifter you tend to bring more into the house than you take out. So we are both going to take the month to not bring anything in, and try to purge while we are at it.

Anyway on Saturday Cinda found this article about the new Lead testing that would lead to thrift and consignment shops not being able to sell any childrens items unless expensive testing was done of each item and the date for the change was Feb 10 2009! It also said all the clothing would have to be destroyed and or sent to landfills by this date. Well we both became incensed at this idea and started checking it out. She went so far as to call the local news channel about it. They didn't even know and came to her house and interviewed her on Tuesday. (maybe I will post the interview if I can figure out how to post videos and Cinda ok's it)

Well I found this news today, they ammended the law! The barage of emails they have gotten this week caused them to issue a clarification.

From the Los Angeles Times:

Second-hand stores to be exempt from new lead testing law on children's products
Federal regulators say such shops won't be required to test used merchandise for lead by Feb. 10. But they can't sell items that exceed lead limits and should 'avoid' products that may contain lead.
By Alana Semuels
3:26 PM PST, January 8, 2009

and from the government:

News from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionOffice of Information and Public Affairs Washington, D.C. 20207For Immediate Release CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772January 8, 2009 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908Release #09-086CPSC Clarifies Requirements of New Children’s Product Safety Laws Taking Effect in FebruaryGuidance Intended for Resellers of Children’s Products, Thrift and Consignment StoresWashington, D.C. – In February 2009, new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) take effect. Manufacturers, importers and retailers are expected to comply with the new Congressionally-mandated laws. Beginning February 10, 2009, children’s products cannot be sold if they contain more than 600 parts per million (ppm) total lead. Certain children’s products manufactured on or after February 10, 2009 cannot be sold if they contain more that 0.1% of certain specific phthalates or if they fail to meet new mandatory standards for toys. Under the new law, children’s products with more than 600 ppm total lead cannot lawfully be sold in the United States on or after February 10, 2009, even if they were manufactured before that date. The total lead limit drops to 300 ppm on August 14, 2009. 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. When the CPSIA was signed into law on August 14, 2008, it became unlawful to sell recalled products. All resellers should check the CPSC Web site ( for information on recalled products before taking into inventory or selling a product. The selling of recalled products also could carry civil and/or criminal penalties. The agency intends to focus its enforcement efforts on products of greatest risk and largest exposure. While CPSC expects every company to comply fully with the new laws resellers should pay special attention to certain product categories. Among these are recalled children’s products, particularly cribs and play yards; children’s products that may contain lead, such as children’s jewelry and painted wooden or metal toys; flimsily made toys that are easily breakable into small parts; toys that lack the required age warnings; and dolls and stuffed toys that have buttons, eyes, noses or other small parts that are not securely fastened and could present a choking hazard for young children. The agency has underway a number of rulemaking proposals intended to provide guidance on the new lead limit requirements. Please visit the CPSC website at for more information.

This still is going to affect alot of hand made sellers of childrens items so if you want to protest write your congressmen or sign the petition at

Fellow thrifters and homemade makers of products for kids unite!


Lauri said...

I am a regular reader/lurker and fellow thrift store junkie

Happy new year

SD said...

I am now a regular reader too-and I love getting crazy deals in thrift stores and I love "antique-ing" there too! I kinda worry about lead but I buy toys new and used...I suppose I should just be more responsible and buy those inexpensive home lead test kits (I think they are inexpensive??...I hope!)

Marthavmuffin said...

Yes on the news report the other night they said they run about $4. Thanks for commenting. It's nice to know that I have some readers!

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