Monday, January 05, 2009

Frugal Hacks post

In which I try to think positive about the thrift store toy crisis.


Anonymous said...

Awesome post!! I have 5 children and also do a ton of shopping second hand shopping. When I read your original post panic set in.
Your "benefits" of this foolish legislation are very pertinant to myself and my children's hearts. While I do not agree with the new laws at all I do see how they may help our families thankfulness.

Anonymous said...

oops, the quotations around benefits are not meant ot be snarky, just to show that I was refering to your post on FH.

Anonymous said...

According to somethin that I read last night, the new law bout testing will only apply to products manufactured before February 2009. Before that time the legislation in effect at the time of manufacture will apply. Of course, that would still lead to a dwindling supply. But if something is second hand, wouldn't it already have been tested before being sold the first time? I'm not sure I understand all this!

Joy said...

This is the first I've heard of all this. Is this a nationwide thing or in a particular state.

Anonymous said...

We will just have to rely more on garage sales and clothing swaps. I've always wanted to pair up with a mom who has kids just a little older than mine and get her hand me downs.

I currently send my daughter's clothes to my sister on the east coast. I'm wondering if I can be more proactive in setting up clothing swaps with other mothers.

I do have one question. What in the world is in children's clothing that could be harmful? I understand lead in toys, but clothes?


Marsha said...

Meredith- I encourage you and your readers to send letters to your federal-level elected officials. An easy way to do it is here:

You can hit Senators and Congressfolk with a few keystrokes and will have the option of sending the link to like minded friends.

There is also an online petition here:

This ill-considered legislation has incalculable economic, environmental, social and familiar consequences. Speak and be heard, mamas!

Anonymous said...

Thank you Marsha.

I am talking with the former head of the Constitution party here in our state to see what else might be done, too.

deb meyers

Anonymous said...

I'm a bit alarmed by this, too, but then I think it could be a good will encourage the giving away of children's clothes rather than the selling. That's not all bad. So instead of getting your kids clothes cheap, maybe you'll get them free. :-)

Anonymous said...

AS I understand it you will not even be able to give away children's items

Meredith said...

There is no way the government will ever be able to regulate person to person giving.

Look at drugs--they're illegal, and we can't even stop their sale.

The question will be if you sell something to another individual, will you be liable for a lawsuit if a child is damaged by the item you sold?