I try to keep my blog content related to the home and decorating, organizing and general home life.We need to gather together and take action!
The house passed the bill HR 4040 "The Consumer Product Safety Bill of 2008" and it will take effect on Feb 10. The name sounds like a good idea however there are a few hidden portions of the bill that will directly effect how you live. On Feb 10:
- Thrift stores will not be able to resale children's goods (clothing, toys, books, electronics etc.) unless they've been tested for lead by an independent company... the cost on average of $100-$400 per item. Some thrift stores in Virginia are already not accepting donations of children's items
- Mom businesses selling baby items will likewise need to test each product and component prior to selling.
- Kid to Kid and like stores are likely to go out of business because of this legislation due to the costs to stay compliant with these regulations.
I'm all for safety and testing things that are being sold but this bill is a little impractical and hysterical for my taste. Get Real! We moms live on hand me downs and swapping clothes toys and the like. Lets use some common sense... My family of 8 will be naked!
I am not going to detail the whole bill but I invite you to research on your own. Here is a link from Worldnet Daily that talks about the effects of the bill and directs you the actual bill to read for yourselves.
If you buy second hand items be it at a thrift store, on eBay, Craigslist, or the like, you will not be able to do so the same in the future. Not to mention... where the heck do you ship those extra items off to when your kids grow out of them? Please take time to research the bill, blog it to friends and CALL or WRITE your Representatives.
We have plenty of families and needy children who can use these great used items. Such a waste to over police something and not get them into the hands that could use them.
'Nuff Said... Let me know how you feel about this kind of a law!