The new CPSIA law will be going into effect this year. Many small business will be affected. Amazingly the congress members that created this legislation decided that all children's products will have to have lead testing. This targets toys, including wooden, and clothing. This legislation includes resale items as well.
I learned about this at Happy to be at Home. There are other places that are mentioned on the internet. At Mothering there is an article. The LA Times and ABC news did a piece as well.
I cannot believe the incompetence of our lawmaking bodies. Thousands of small business owners will be going out of business and people who need to buy from resale shops will not be able to buy their children's things from these organizations. Well great for Wal-Mart! (I know lots of people like that place, but I hate it with a vengence! Long lines so people won't return things and they go around the voters to buy city governments to get their way. Yuck!) I realize that big places were once small, blah, blah, blah. Either our lawmakers are stupid or they've been bought by Wal-Mart as well. I may just go in for a conspiracy theory on this one.
Anyway, I am going to try and buy as much as I can from small mother owned boutiques through etsy while I can. You should go by and utilize a great resource to find cottage industry. There is also a National Bankruptcy Day website.
There has not been a ton of coverage on this and wanted to send up a flare.