It's not just handmade children's toys and apparel on the chopping block. Now children's books printed before 1985 are being deemed unsafe, because apparently at that time, printers could use small amounts of lead in the printing process. Here's a link to the article:
Consignment sales can continue to sell used toys, clothes, and books, as long as the item "does not exceed the lead limit." Because so many of these things have not been tested, the seller doesn't know. It's too expensive to send every little thing off to be tested, and time consuming to check every list out there. So what's a seller to do? Burn the books? Throw perfectly good toys away? The thrift store where my parents volunteer has chosen to stop carrying any children's items. In our current economic state, parents need a price break on clothes and toys. And what about the libraries? Am I supposed to chuck all of the books from my childhood? Or just not sell them?! Can you tell that I'm frustrated?