Monday, January 05, 2009

Whoo Hoo LA Times!!!

Ok, so FINALLY the news organizations *may* be getting a clue that this whole CPSIA thing will impact more than just "mom and pop." The LA Times just did an article and reported exactly what I said: thrift stores and consignment shops are also regulated by the law and will have to cease selling their clothing. You can read the article here:,0,2083247.story

Now if we could just get MORE people to listen!!! I'd probably pee my pants if I saw an article THAT good in the St. Cloud Times. :)


  1. Thanks for posting this. My favorite thrift store is giving out sooooo many "50% off your whole order" coupons. I wonder if it's because they are getting ready to shut down?

    Why don't you write an editorial for the St. Cloud Times?

    Save the thrift stores!

  2. I'm not a frequent thrift store shopper because my kids tend to tear those places apart while I'm browsing. However, the kiddos wardrobes rely HEAVILY on eBay. I don't know what I'll do without it. We get nice clothes cheap and some extra income by reselling them when we're through. And DiaperSwappers. I suppose that'll go too huh? Not good, not good at all.

  3. I just ran across this article and thought you may be interested.

    This little bit caught my eye in particular:
    There are exceptions to the testing rule for crafters making only one unique copy of each item, said Julie Vallese, spokeswoman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

    Small toymakers have inundated the commission with questions and complaints about the new standards, she said. Many are confused about whether the new rules apply to their operations.

    "It's sticky and it's tricky, but if we can't see that the products are truly one-of-a-kind, they have to be tested," she said.

    I had not heard about the OOAK exemption. While it's not a fix for all, it would certainly protect you and I.

  4. I have heard that quote, as well as others from lesser authoritative people (such as an aide worker for one of the congressman who wrote the bill), and what is so frustrating to me is we have yet to see anything official "in writing" from the CPSC that concurs with that statement.

    And here's another thing that doesn't make sense--if they'll allow an exemption for OOAK items, lead *could* still be in some products and harm a child. (Yeah, ok, so that's the devil's advocate point of view, lol).