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FEDS Back Away From Kiddie Consignments

By Jackie Burrell
Friday, January 9th, 2009 at 2:16 pm in Toy Recalls.

Toys & Co., Charlotte, NC (Laura Mueller/Charlotte Observer/MCT)We can breathe a little easier now. The Consumer Product Safety Commission just clarified its new sweeping legislation that would have banned lead and phthalates from baby and children’s products, new or used. Originally, it looked like second hand and consignment stores would have to test for lead too, a move that frankly, would have spelled the demise of the entire second hand kiddie product market. Thrift stores aren’t exactly flush with the cash to set up lead testing labs. A tremendous outcry went up not just from consignment stores – here’s LA Times coverage – but the legions of parents who rely on used clothing and toys to help them stay within ever-shrinking budgets. Yesterday, the CPSC backed off, saying thrift stores and other second-hand venues would not have to test products, although they are urged to avoid such recall-prone items as cribs.

That’s a relief for many cash-strapped parents, Katherine Lewis, a working moms expert for, writes in her column on the topic, but “it’s also a testament to how the voices of many moms, and mommy bloggers, can be heard even in Washington D.C.”

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