New lead restrictions could wallop thrift store revenue

A new federal safety law has the potential to slam thrift stores? revenue and donations. Toy manufacturers and retailers will have to test children?s clothing and toys for lead starting Feb. 10. While

News 12 Staff

Jan 16, 2009, 12:25 AM

Updated 5,666 days ago

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A new federal safety law has the potential to slam thrift stores? revenue and donations.
Toy manufacturers and retailers will have to test children?s clothing and toys for lead starting Feb. 10. While the law doesn?t specify if thrift stores will have to operate under the same rules, Goodwill NJ president and CEO Mark Boyd says the well-meaning restriction could cripple business.
According to Boyd, 20 percent of the products Goodwill sells are toys and children?s clothing. Revenue from sales would need to be used for the expensive lead testing.
?It?s my understanding it costs approximately $400 for every single test,? says Boyd.
Boyd hopes the Consumer Product Safety Commission will convince Congress to not hold consignment stores to the same standards unless an item has been recalled. Goodwill and other retailers have representatives in Washington currently lobbying for improvement to how the law is implemented.


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