New law could put kids clothing toy store out of business

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New law could shut down a Valley kids store

MESA - With a new year come new laws and one of them could change the way you buy toys and clothes for your children.

During our tough times many people are turning to second-hand stores to save a buck but in a matter of weeks that may not be an option.

At Other Mothers Clothing Exchange, Sherri Collins says it is not just about putting on a price tag. It is putting the right price. She says, "Customers appreciate being able to stretch their dollar."

The little shop she opened almost 30 years ago is a popular place, especially in tough times.

"Everything that has to do with children is what our primary target market is," Collins explains.

But in a matter of weeks, her entire inventory of kids' clothes and toy trucks and trailers may be literally in the trash. She says, "You have to put it in a landfill and get rid of itor do something. You cannot sell it."

Last year, Congress passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act in response to several cases of lead found in imported toys. The new law says that by February 10, any product sold for kids under 12 must be "lab-tested" for lead or it is considered "hazardous waste."Since all of Collins' merchandise is second-hand, she will have to shell out the cash to test it.

She admits, "For us to do testing, to go and try to test every piece of clothing, it would just shut us down."

Some say the new rule is an overreaction but not with the right oversight, according to the government.It is an effort to be safe and not sorry.

It is the price of protection that could push Collins out of business. She explains, "I do not see it. I do not see that we would be able to survive this. It's very scary. It really is for us."