1/28/09

Did you know?

You may not be able to buy handmade anymore?
That the government will force millions of handmade crafters out of business?
You'll be forced to buy your kiddos what every other Tom, Dick and Harry has from Walmart and other 'big boy' companies.
This is why...

You can find this clever Iron-on here.
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As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA. Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.

Want this gorgeous blanket?
I do! You can find it in this cute shop.
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The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too. How will these new laws affect you?

Don't you just love this adorable onesie? You can find it and others like it in my shop :)
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Well, here are a few examples: To the Parents of Young Students:Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12. To the Avid Reader:Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.Article from the American Library Association http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322

I've posted about this shop before on my other blog...I just love these little sacks!
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To the Lover of All Things Handmade:Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

These blocks are just super...I dig them big time!

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To the Environmentalist:Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.To the Second-Hand Shopper:Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

I can just picture this on one of my girlies!
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To the Entrepreneur:Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America. To the Antique Toy Collector:Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189645948879745.html

Not only does this artist make the cutest headbands but she makes gorgeous tu-tus as well!
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To the American Economy:Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

Do your kids like to dress up as much as mine do? This cape is unlike any you'd find in say Toys R Us.
I've stopped shopping in places like that since falling in love with all things handmade.
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Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.


Aren't these shoes just too cute? Love them!
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You can kiss all these goodies bye-bye if something isn't done about this knee-jerk reaction law.
Please make your voices heard.
Please.

XO

5 comments:

gina said...

This is horrible. What can we do?
- I've signed all the online petitions that I could find - do you know what else we can do? Etsy and similar sites has just been amazing - fueling new careers - creativity is ON THE RISE like I've never seen before. What a tragic thing -to take that away. How does it specifically affect you? Your darling onesies-

And-No more goodwill - who is that helping?? It is like punishing the poor. Can't believe it. One of the stupidest things I've ever heard.

Kristen said...

It's cRaZiness...it really is. I'm going to post about this right now on my blog. Hope you don't mind if I put a link to your blog.

ShoozieShoes said...

The thing that will likely have the most sway is if every shop owner writes a letter stating the loss of income that will result if the law is passed. Even if you make $100 a month, multiply that by a hundred thousand tiny sellers... That is $10 million dollars PER MONTH in lost income! That should make a few ears prick up.

myminimocs said...

excellent - thank you for sharing this information - together hopefully we can make an impact and get this law amended and focused back onto it's original intent - keeping our children safe!

Melissa said...

this is all soooo crazy! I hope that something is done to change this.