A new law, aimed at keeping children safe, has some businesses that cater to kids concerned about how they’ll stay afloat…..
As Cori Skall discovered, information on how much of an impact this law may have..is not easy to pin down…..
":Kids are so expensive…they grow out of things so quickly…this is a really good place to come to buy second hand things that are in good condition.":
Jill King visits the Growing Place in Bangor, at least two times a month….
The shop sells new and used toys, clothes and supplies for children and new moms….
":We do have a set of guidelines that we do try to go by, obviously they have to be in good working order….any item that’s been recalled, we don’t want to sell…":
Adrienne Chandler has owned the store since 2001…she says a new law, aimed at keeping kids safe from toxic materials like lead, could put her out of business….
":We all want our kids to be safe, but just to give this blanket law, it just, it gives us a death sentence.":
":As it reads right now, anything made for children, 12 or younger, will have to have been tested with these new standards….anything made prior to November ’08, will be considered hazardous, by the law, which means that’s pretty much all our inventory…we’ll literally have to close our doors.":
And there’s concern about how the law will effect thrift shops, school craft shows, even swap meets
Chandler says she’s frustrated by the lack of clear information and details about the law….
":This is what we focus on…things for children…so you think they would….have some kind of notification.":
TV 5 has learned the Consumer Safety Protection Council is considering some exemptions for the law…
But just how those exemptions will affect small businesses like chandler’s, remains to be seen…..
Cori Skall, WABI TV5 News.
For more information, you can try the website, CPSC.GOV…..
Or if you have concerns… you can contact Senator Susan Collin’s office at 945-0417.