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You have probably heard online about the new law that goes into affect in February about Lead levels.  Everyone has been very upset over the possibility that this would shut down all consignment sales, thrift stores, yard sales etc.  I will admit we get most of our kids clothing second hand so this would have effected us all well.

Well the group responsible for carrying out this law issued a release today that it does not require resellers of childrens products to test items that in their inventory.  So it looks like we are all going to be able to save on our kids clothes, toys, etc.  It does have a little vagueness left, but this should clear up the big issues.

If you are curious, go here to read the full press release.

(image from Babycheapskate.com)

    • Sarah P

      Great news! We can all breathe easier now.

    • Heather

      HOOOOORAAAAAAY!!!!!!

    • Thank you for the link, however, I’m still not convinced. The way I read it is that whatever these places have on hand RIGHT NOW is ok to sell, but that they can’t accept anything after the February 10th date that hasn’t been tested.

      “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.” (emphasis mine)

      What do you think?

    • Jenny

      The “should avoid products likely to have lead content” is the vague part to me. That makes it seem like an ongoing selling concept.

      I take it as meaning, that as long as you avoid products with known lead content issues you would be fine. There will have to be new lists of products that resellers just can’t take (an example being small toys from unknown manufacturers) since they can still be prosecuted for selling something that is bad.

      In terms of consignment sales though anything that would be sold in a spring consignment sale is probably in our homes (inventory) already :) By the time fall sales arrive they should have this thing figured out a little better!!

    • Books are still illegal with this, as are homemade toys. So forget about grandpa making your daughter a dollhouse, or making baby bibs for a friend, or selling those same baby bibs on etsy.

      “Publishers and libraries say that they, too, make products that are not dangerous to children but will have to be tested under the current interpretation of the law. Allan Adler, vice president for legal and government affairs at the Assn. of American Publishers, says that only one children’s book has been recalled in the last 20 years because of its lead content — and that book had a metallic spiral binding.

      “When the Feb. 10 deadline comes, we’re going to see books taken off shelves of classrooms, libraries and bookstores,” Adler said. ”

      Read here:

      http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-thrift9-2009jan09,0,7588285.story