Second Hand Kids Clothing to become illegal

Kat's picture

How freakin ridiculous.

How freakin ridiculous.

plaidpony's picture

Geez - talk about an

Geez - talk about an overkill response. I'm not usually one to sign petitions, but I did for this one. (Yes, it's personal - it would mean throwing away my entire inventory of vintage kid's clothes). But seriously - you have to wonder how we're all alive since everything in the world is SO lethal these days. I wonder if the "Lead Testers Association of America" sponsored this legislation.

kdubs215's picture

Some DOLT from a small hick

Some DOLT from a small hick town must think second hand clothes are the work of the devil . Our world is in the toilet and he wants to take a shot at second hand clothes for kids ? Do you think people will follow this law ?? NO SHOT

Ftown66's picture

I'm just wondering has lead

I'm just wondering has lead ever been used in the manufacturing of childrens clothes or any clothes for that matter? Were the dyes lead based. I have never heard of that being the case. Sounds like an idiotic law to pass.

2014 susquehanna's picture

I signed it because I hate

I signed it because I hate kids (not really)

I smell a rat and it's probably because of some lobby for clothing manufacturers or retailers wanting to boost lagging sales.

MichelleLynn's picture

I a guessing with fines at

I a guessing with fines at 100,000 a pop most stores will have to follow the law, as far as Craigs listing I a guessing they will be flagged and removed, as well as ebay listing..
I am thinking we could probably get away with it at flea markets, but who knows, if it is a cghurch sponsored even who wants to risk that fine, it is pretty stiff..
Hopefully they will repeal the law, or at least change the wording. the way boys tend to put holes in the knees of their pants we literally end up at the Thrift Store at least 2x a month for new jeans, not to mention the jackpot of finding used uniforms!

It will seriously put a crunch in our budget!

dan's picture

Ftown66 wrote:I'm just

Ftown66 wrote:

I'm just wondering has lead ever been used in the manufacturing of childrens clothes or any clothes for that matter?

Yes.
Not in the fabric (that I know of), but in the buttons, hooks, zippers, etc.

lauraska's picture

This is crazy. Kids clothes

This is crazy. Kids clothes are not cheap and not everyone can afford to buy a brand new wardrobe for a kid every time he/she grows a size bigger. (Some might say that folks shouldn't have kids if they can't afford these things, but that's a whole other thread.) The fact is that a great deal of people NEED these stores in order to clothe their families...and even the folks who don't NEED them, might WANT them, so that they can find cool vintage-y clothes for their kids. I know that's why I'd want them around! Don't we have other things to worry about in this country rather than what some families are buying from second hand stores?

And if this does become law, I would hope that some swapping websites would start popping up so that people could at least give away their old children's clothes to people who want them...for FREE.

Jabara Fractus's picture

I wouldn't be surprised if

I wouldn't be surprised if that were the case.

codergrrl's picture

Are second hand clothes okay

Are second hand clothes okay for adults?

If not, don't be scared if you see some fat chick walking around the hood naked, its only me.

MichelleLynn's picture

My only issue now with

My only issue now with giving the clotes away is that should the off chance some child get "lead" poisioning.no matter how remote, I guess i would be responsible and maybe sued? who knows.. People sue all the time for the silliest reasons, and they win..
I guess I would make them sign a release or something..

My understanding is that this is a law already, it just takes effect in February and this is the first I have heard of it???

dan's picture

codergrrl wrote:don't be

codergrrl wrote:

don't be scared if you see some fat chick walking around the hood naked, its only me.

Please at least wait until it's 68 degrees or more outside.

codergrrl's picture

I am of the age, where it

I am of the age, where it doesn't matter anymore.

lavondasmom75's picture

don't it help the earth to

don't it help the earth to recylce clothes and everything else we can? We don't need to buy more things and put things in the trash. Makes no sence what so ever if we are in this bad place of trash. Oh what to do....Jane

jbette01's picture

Some Businesses Get Relief

Some Businesses Get Relief From New Lead Testing Rules
By GreenerDesign Staff
Published January 9, 2009

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On Tuesday the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) gave tentative approval to some exemptions to the testing rule: items with lead parts that children cannot access, electronics that cannot be made without lead, and clothing, toys and other items made with cotton, wood and other natural materials.

A final vote on those exemptions will not take place until after the law goes into effect, so any untested items still available will technically be in violation of the law. However, CPSC spokesman told this to the LA Times: "The CPSC is an agency with limited resources and tremendous responsibility to protect the safety of families. Our focus will be on those areas we can have the biggest impact and address the most dangerous products."

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It's my understanding that a child became ill from ingesting a lead-painted doo-dad sewn on a sweater or something.

This isn't the first time I've heard of the CPSC being overstretched, understaffed and underfunded. *sigh*

plaidpony's picture

Just got this response from

Just got this response from Senator Casey's office. This is one paragraph of the letter-

"I understand that there are concerns about the law's interpretation and implementation as it is scheduled to take affect [sic] on February 10, 2009. In particular, I have heard from many Pennsylvanians about their ability to buy and sell second-hand children's goods. On January 8, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced an exemption for resellers, determining that thrift and consignment stores are not required to test products prior to resale. Businesses that resell children's goods are encouraged to exercise judgment in removing noncompliant products and continue to follow all product recall advisements."

MichelleLynn's picture

That is good news!! Thanks

That is good news!!

Thanks for posting!