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Charlotte, having outgrown her infant seat, being over a year old and somewhat over 20 pounds, is now in a forward facing convertable seat.  That leaves me with a perfectly good and practically new:

*infant seat with base
*extra car base
*stroller base that the seat can fit into

Probably about $200 worth of gear.  All barely over a year old, unstained, uncrashed, highly usable.  And I think it's all going to go to the curb for bulk trash pickup.

Why?

That would be because the Consumer Product Safety Information Act of 2008 is an even more execrable than usual poorly thought out piece of trash.  Congress had a feel good spasm where they passed far reaching legislation really, really quickly after the last lead paint from China scare.  "For the children."  Always, always beware of things billed as "for the children."  The upshot?  Most used things child related manufactured prior to February of this year need to go in the trash.  The second-hand stores aren't permitted to sell car seats (probably because they can't tell if they've ever been in a crash - I get that) and because of CPSIA, neither GoodWill nor the Salvation Army will accept children's items any longer - because if they do they could potentially be subject to crippling government fines.  For that matter, potentially so could you the individual if you sell children's items at a garage sale.

What a *^%^$^*)&(*(*^$ waste.

Oh - and these are the same people who are going to overhaul health care in this country.  In a rush.

They're from the government.  They're here to help you.

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hugh_mannity
Oct. 22nd, 2009 06:42 pm (UTC)
You can't give it away?

safiya_shirazi could probably use it.
kls_eloise
Oct. 22nd, 2009 08:35 pm (UTC)
I'd LOVE to give it away - but I don't know anyone who needs one. If you've got someone interested, please point them at me!

We just don't have the space to store stuff waiting for someone, somewhere to want it. I'm trying desperately to *de* clutter...
hugh_mannity
Oct. 22nd, 2009 08:48 pm (UTC)
Let me ask. If she needs it, I can pick it up at Simplefare.
kls_eloise
Oct. 23rd, 2009 12:57 pm (UTC)
Cool. If she wants to contact me for details she can look at online, shoot her in my direction. I loved this seat - it worked very well for us.
hugh_mannity
Oct. 23rd, 2009 03:30 pm (UTC)
She says "yes please!" So I will collect at Simplefare (along with some cider -- more yay!)
hugh_mannity
Oct. 23rd, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Also would you like cookies or Balls of the Infidel (Persian lamb and pistachio meatballs cooked in wine)?
kls_eloise
Nov. 2nd, 2009 06:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry I didn't reply - I've had The Flu (TM). Balls of the Infidel sounds heavenly, if she still has time! But cookies are NEVER wrong.
bigbrotherinlaw
Oct. 23rd, 2009 11:32 am (UTC)
freecycle.org
kls_eloise
Oct. 23rd, 2009 12:59 pm (UTC)
I'm not on any of them - I looked into it a couple of years ago, but didn't go anywhere with it. Also, with the driveway from Hell, I wouldn't want someone I don't know dealing with it during bad weather - the last thing I need right now is a claim on my homeowners policy...
kebbykate
Oct. 23rd, 2009 12:33 am (UTC)
Actually, if you've got the original owner's manual, I know where you _can_ sell it. There's this woman here in WH who puts on this giant cooperative children's consignment tag sale. And I'm finally on her list. She holds the sale twice a year and basically if you have the complete set up for the seat and sign off that there's never been an accident, she'll put it in her sale.
kls_eloise
Oct. 23rd, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Believe me - I have every piece of paper that was in the box (I'm like that.) It was a gift from work, so I don't have the register receipt, but other than that I have all the manuals.

If Hugh's friend doesn't want it, I'll be asking you about that. I just HATE the idea of throwing out perfectly good items when there are people out there who could use them.
galingale
Oct. 26th, 2009 08:36 pm (UTC)
I think I've seen all of the above for sale at Children's Orchard quite recently. I've dropped them a line about their policy because I want to know for myself too -- we've got a shed full of gear that's probably going to be purged soon soon soon ...
galingale
Oct. 26th, 2009 08:37 pm (UTC)
stuff vs memories
By the way, I thought of your earlier "stuff" discussion when I saw this recently :
http://community.livejournal.com/flylady/911877.html
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