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Good Thing It's Not February 10th Yet - Elizabeth Unexplained
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greyautumnrain
greyautumnrain
Good Thing It's Not February 10th Yet
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So apparently the new law that goes into effect in two weeks covers not just the sale of item's but also the distribution and is so poorly worded that you could interpret it in such a way that it be illegal for treptoplax to have passed along this hand-me-down that was made for his youngest by firstfrost who almost certainly does not send copies of all her hand-knits off to a lab for destructive testing before giving them as gifts. I know people keep saying that thrift store should not panic and the sky is not falling, etc., but personally I really prefer for laws to say what they mean and mean what they say. I do not feel that my sweet baby needs protection from a hand knit sweater that I would guess is made out of cotton. Congress: what a bunch of twits.

Current Mood: depressed exasperated

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jaedian From: jaedian Date: January 30th, 2009 04:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh yay! That fits her perfectly! I am so glad treptoplax finally remembered to bring it in. We are done with children and I wanted it to go to someone else firstfrost knew.

BTW you should let me know if you need any other clothes (illegal contraband now?) and what sizes etc. Storing this stuff is taking up too much space, so I will likely start donating things to charities at some point.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: January 30th, 2009 03:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks so much! And thanks to firstfrost too!
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: January 31st, 2009 01:30 am (UTC) (Link)
We don't currently have a lot of space, Margaret's clothes have displace my yarn stash, which only had a tiny dresser. A few more things in the 9-12 month size would be good though. She's mostly out of the 6-9 month stuff now. Must be vanity sizing since she is average height and skinny.
jaedian From: jaedian Date: January 30th, 2009 04:35 am (UTC) (Link)
The new law is a disaster. I am unclear whether I can sell off a bunch of baby stuff we aren't using anymore. Especially baby carriers and the like! Thank god I make jewelry, I can pretty much label it for 12 years old and up and be safe! (rather than have to prove my 99.9% silver has no lead!)

And a lot of said baby carriers were from small work at home mom run companies, most of whom can't afford testing. And what they make is much better than the few larger mass marketed companies.

Wasn't the problem all the things made in China? Shouldn't we encourage things made in the US?

I feel like this law just wasn't too well thought out. They only seemed to consider large corporations, both manufacturing and retail. Just forget all the small guys, they don't hire lobbyists afterall, grrr.
psychohist From: psychohist Date: January 30th, 2009 03:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
The original problem was with a small subset of the products made in China. Of course, there are already laws against that, both here and in China; they just need to be enforced. If you've been following the tainted milk scandal in China, they do enforce against such things, with rather harsher penalties than in the U.S. Of course in the U.S., we do investigate things like salmonella in peanut butter too.

The new law is definitely poorly thought out. Not only is it going to shut down a large part of the small time people, but it's going to make things worse for parents and kids, too. All kids' things will become more expensive - as if raising kids these days wasn't expensive enough - and variety will disappear.

It might be time to start a letter writing campaign to get this new law repealed.
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greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: February 2nd, 2009 02:49 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a federal law, known as CPSIA. The CP part stand for Child Protection or something like that. It was passed in the wake the hysteria over dangerous toys from China.
enugent From: enugent Date: February 2nd, 2009 04:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Snopes has a reasonable summary of what is and isn't in the new law.
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 2nd, 2009 04:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Craft Magazine's blog has info about the bill being delayed here
http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/01/cpsia_leadtesting_law_is_delay.html?CMP=OTC-5JF307375954

Also here is a senator that would like to file an amendment to exempt thrift stores, and to provide small businesses an exemption if their suppliers have their work certified. It is #2 in this proposed amendment

"2. Allow small manufacturers to use the testing and certification that their component suppliers have done to certify that the components do not contain an impermissible amount of lead. Lead isn’t going to come out of thin air. If the lead’s not in the components, it won’t be in the product. This will save small manufacturers from having to subject their products -- many of which are made in small runs -- to duplicative and expensive multi-thousand dollar tests. "

Write your Senators and Representatives to urge support of common sense legislation.
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