Update to End of Second Hand Clothes Post

I can’t believe how much attention this initial post got.  I actually had a lot of people linking to it from many places and the post got many comments.  I am glad we were all able to have a fair discussion of this subject.

A couple of readers shared with me this clarification made by the U.S.  Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday.  In short, “Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.  However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and should avoid products that are likely to have lead content.  Resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties.”

Apparently there were a lot of people who reached out to their house representatives and other agencies and this issue was brought to the attention of the CPSC.  They felt it was time to clarify things.  So thank you for voicing your concerns about the possible ramifications of this law.

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  • Gretchen

    I have been following this due to being the president of a non-profit organization that conducts 2 consignments sales annually. I think it is important for your readers to know that although re-sellers are not required to test their items, they are still held accountable to the laws. In other words, if they sell something that contains lead or pthalates, they can still be in trouble. This makes it necessary for re-sellers to know from where their items are coming and to keep current on recall lists to ensure that none of their products are dangerous. Still good knews for all of us. Thanks for keeping people up to date.

  • Yes, absolutely! That information is mentioned in the link I provided.


  • Wow that is GREAT news! I have been a little worried about losing my thrift store savings! Thanks for keeping us up to date!