Troubling information today about the new ruling from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) regarding the legislation on lead content, specifically as it pertains to items intended for children.

Beginning February 10, 2009, all children’s products must meet a lead content limit of 600 parts per million (ppm). For those products manufactured after 2/10/09, manufacturers and importers must issue general conformity certificates (GCCs).  These GCCs must accompany the products and certify that the products meet the 600 ppm lead limit (and any other applicable provisions).

Some people, me included, applaud the effort to get products with high levels of lead off the shelves and out of the hands of children.

But what does this mean to the resale and thrift industry? Plenty. To sum it up, thousands of businesses might be forced to throw inventory away.

I’m going to direct you to a couple of articles I found that seem to have a good grasp on the facts of what’s going on.

The Smart Mama blog, the LATimes  and Walletpop

If you sell childrens products, if you resell anything that is considered children related, be it on eBay, in your retail store,  or your yearly yard sale… research the rulings, get the facts.

This affects you and your business.

‘Chelle Parmele
Social Media Marketing Manager