New Law: Prohibits ReSale Of Used Children’s Clothing

Effective February 10th, 2009 a new law is passed- The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act that prohibits the sale of any used baby clothes. This means you cannot donate your used clothes to Goodwill. You cannot give them to the family that is struggling to buy new baby clothes. You cannot sell them. You cannot drop them off at the thrift store. You have to throw them away. In the trash. The landfill. 

This makes me so angry. I am just stunned at this new law. This problem with lead should have been fixed a long time ago. They should have been tracking this from the beginning.  Now it has gotten out of control, children are being harmed or killed, and such a law like this has to take place. 

What about all the families who rely on cheap, used clothes?? Or free? You are telling me that I have to throw away my hardly used in good condition clothes and I can’t give them away or try to make a few bucks for them off of craiglist??!! I can’t donate them to the needy?! 
I don’t know a lot about this yet- I just recently heard about it so I am still in the process of reading, learning and researching. But from what I have understood about it ( and hopefully I’ve got something way backwards!!) I am extremely upset with this. If it is true, if we really have to throw away our baby clothes instead of giving them away or selling them, if we really can’t buy used clothes anymore and our forced to buy new clothes that our babies will wear for two weeks, I will be utterly fumed. If that can even begin to describe it. Maybe after researching more I will see the light or the good in this. ( Doubtful though, right?)  I am beyond words right now. 
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* Update: Many friends have sent me this article ( thanks, guys!) which clears things up a little. 

Whether you agree or disagree with me, please share your thoughts! I would love to hear what other people think about this! Am I the only one freaking out here?!

Published by Samantha Mellen

Certified personal trainer & health coach helping women transform their lives through fitness, abundant mindset coaching and internal peace. Mom of two boys, living life in Alaska.

8 thoughts on “New Law: Prohibits ReSale Of Used Children’s Clothing

  1. hey samantha; I’m such a blog stalker but I really liked your post about this so I just had to comment! Shauna and I are dealing with this at work! Almost all small businesses will go under if the law doesnt pass. Small business owners can by an x ray guy to test for lead levels if they want to keep their clothing but each gun runs around $25,000-30,000 each. There are so many consignment and resale shops in the country our landfills would be completely overfilled! and the law states that anyone found trying to sell an item that was manufactured after Feb 10th 2009 that has not been tested could be sentenced to a $100,000 fine and 5 years in jail on felony charges. Its a completely ridiculous law that congress should have thought through more. Even big toy companies like KB toys have already declared bankruptcy! Okay I wont rant about it anymore, but I’m with you….I cant believe that the government didnt think this through further.

  2. I found your blog through Traci’s and love to follow a fellow pregnant blogger 🙂I am OUTRAGED by this. I hate thinking about what a waste it would be to throw away perfectly good clothes and toys that someone else could use. How is this a good idea? Who came up with it? The retailers-so we will purchase from them? Ugh, it’s depressing and I totally agree with you. I can’t even wrap my brain around it.

  3. I’m glad I’m not the only one who hates this!! Ashleigh- I can’t believe an x ray gun is $30K.. how ridiculous! That owner of your store.. and many others are sure going to suffer from this! 😦 Lindsey- Hi, nice to meet you! 🙂 I’m so glad I’m not the only one who is mad about this and seriously, I agree with you, how is throwing away clothes a GOOD idea??!

  4. Sam-I’ve been following this issue for a few weeks now, and it looks like (just today!) there is some good news for used/consigment stores. It isn’t all great, since they can still apparently get in trouble for selling things that have too much lead, but they won’t be required to test thier stuff. Here’s the link from the CPSC:

  5. This law does NOT apply to resale. It’s just if they sell a toy,crib, etc with over the limit lead base they can be fined or serve jail time. It says nothing about clothes. So to be on the safe side just don’t sell items except clothes. If you don’t believe what I’m saying go to the consumer law site.Jean

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