Friday, January 16, 2009

How can I resist? And a rant.

Seriously, I am a nester by nature. It is SO HARD to hold back and not nest when it comes to baby girl to be. I want to paint, to sew crib bedding, shop for pink stuff. It's taking all I've got to reign in my self, and focus that nesting energy on paperwork. When I'm officially on the waiting list, I'll let myself go and start on baby preparation. BUT then I go to my favorite local resale shop and Target and find amazing deals on a-dor-a-ble girl stuff, for example: This darling baby gap dress and old navy skirt, HOW do I walk away from these things? I can't. And the sassy sparkly silver coverse shoes 75% off? I don't. Here are my lastest finds!

So, now for my Rant. When I went to my local favorite resale shop, to sell some of my items, the sweet owner said, I gotta be honest, with this new law going into effect, I really can't take much!
HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT THIS RIDICULOUS NEW LAW?!!? HR 4040, the Consumer Product Safety "Improvement" Act of 2008. Sometime in February a new law is going to effect that will at this point make it illegal to sell ALL used childrens items (ages 12 and under). Clothing, books,toys, baby gear...anything and everything. They (lawmakers/lobbyists?) are trying to get an amendment to this already passed law, that would make resale shops (goodwill, consignment stores, etc) exempt from this law and allow them to sell used clothing under specific guidelines. I think even then, it will still be "illegal" for everyday folks like you and I to sell our items on craigslist, ebay, newspaper, etc. SERIOUSLY...it makes me sick to my stomach. What are we all to do with our used items it is illegal to sell? Apparently, send it to the landfill. Perfectly good strollers, baby carriers, high chairs, toys, clothing, etc....all "illegal to resell". It's disgusting. Another way to force our nation to be consumerists and buy buy buy new things. PLEASE...research this, send a letter to your senators and congressman expressing how appalling this new law is. I think this is rooted in the big lead paint scare of recent years...but seriously. Here are a few links to articles about this (FYI- I don't share all of the same attititudes or views stated in these articles, but they do have good info about what this means)

World Net Daily article- this one has info on how to make your opinions known at the bottom of article
Duane Morris LLP site
LA Times

12 comments:

Amber said...

i'm with you on wanting to nest but i don't even know what size(s) we will need!
I have heard about that law. I see you have an etsy shop too and we were ranting in the chats about that. many shops are concerned.

i just can't imagine this going to pass!!

annaliese said...

what a crazy law! I understand safety concerns, but it seems that they could have the buyer (us) sign something that says we are aware that we are buying used and the risks involved (?)--something like that could work, right?

Sarah said...

Hey Eryn! WOW! Your adopting! What a small world this is. Erica called me and told me to check out her blog comments, and low and behold there you were. So when do you leave? What orphange is your little girl at? I'm thinking we might run into each other. CRAZY! Well, congratulations!! God is SO good!

P.S. What is your maiden name again?

Sarah said...

I so mis-read your blog then! HA! I thought I read that you were leaving in like 2 weeks. What was i thinking! We are actually in canby, oregon. I was in AZ for 2 years, but I have known Erica for 6 or so. She used to live in Oregon as well. We just moved back, Arizona was too HOT! What agency are you going through? I will surely tell my parents hi for you. They still own the store too, so my kids love visiting Nana and Papa!

Dawn said...

Cute stuff!! :)

That is the craziest thing with that law. So silly!

Mara said...

Were you talking about LB resale shop? I was just in there talking to her about it too...I was curious what this might mean for our garage sale???

Blog Shmog said...

Those are cute baby girl clothes and shoes you found!

That law is such a typical response to stuff. Instead of just cracking down on cheap overseas labor (like having mandatory fair trade for ALL overseas employees) to avoid crappy plastic lead toys, let's just not let anyone resell their used kids toys and clothes. Yeah, makes perrrffeeccttt sense. It's so dumb. I can't not imagine not being able to shop/sell on Craigslist for that stuff!

Audrey said...

Cute girlie finds!

I heard about that law, too. I can't believe how ridiculous it is. Someone I talked to thought it might also be rooted in a desire to spur the economy. I think it's silly and wasteful, if you ask me.

be_a_Mary said...

What in the world? WHY? that makes NO sense at all!! i cannot imagine. completely ridiculous.

Dawn said...

I posted links to where its all from - check it out! :)

Oh and I LOVE your necklaces you make! I might just have to order one for my sister in-law.

Dee said...

Don't be so hard on yourself.
Seriously, I bought Autumn 20 outfits before she was born. This is like your pregnancy time, perfectly appropriate to nest!

Adopting1Soon said...

Wow, that law is awful! We are supposed to be MORE environmentally sound... not this much LESS! can I post a link to this on my blog? Please let me know if that's not ok and I'll take it down. (It might get you a little bit of extra traffic if you want extra traffic).

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