You've emailed me articles like this one and this one. New safety regulations will stop even secondhand stores from selling kids products without lead/pthalate testing.
The cynical side of me wonders if this is a way to boost sales. We thrift shoppers have subverted the retail economy for years. Suddenly, our toys and clothes have no resale value?
Yet I can't ignore the recalled Dora Backpacks and immigrant families I see every day. It's unlikely that safety notices would cross those digital and language barriers.
And the waste. Oh, the waste. Because every donated kid item will be sent straight to landfills.
The government should put its resources toward manufacturers FIRST--because it all cascades from there. Those children with lead-coated Thomas Trains were exposed at Target, not Goodwill.
In the end, though, what will be more important? That I dress my child for less, or the potential of one child's life saved?
What do you think? Would forcing families to buy new children's items do more harm than good? Should we expect a boom in yard sales?