I found this on my local news station's web site a link off of Craig's list in Minneapolis.It's from Kare11.
It was if you could hear a collective sigh from bargain hunters across the nation.
This afternoon, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a clarification on a new, wide sweeping law that takes effect February 10th. It excuses second hand, thrift, and consignment stores from the stringent requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, legislation designed to protect the health of children, by keeping products with lead and Phthalates off store shelves.
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. But as written, it also seemed to apply to resellers like ARC Value Village, which sells clothing, toys, and furniture from three thrift stores across the Metro.
The fear was that ARC would be required to test every donated item for lead and phtalates before they went on the shelves. The cost and red tape of such a process would, at the least, severely impact the income that goes towards programs for the disabled. At the worst, it could have closed the doors.
Today's interpretation of the law means 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.
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.
This afternoon, ARC Greater Twin Cities Spokesperson Pam Carlson called the ruling terrific news for Arc and many others. Bargain Bloggers across the country have been blasting the new law, saying it would negatively impact those with low incomes, and force second hand stores to fill the landfills with items they couldn't afford to test.