CPSIA Update - A Possible Glimmer of Hope for Small Businesses and Crafters Right Before Christmas?

Banning children's books from libraries, trombones from grade school bands, hand-whittled natural wooden trains, and hand-sewn quilts from little old ladies at church fairs: If that all sounds like some sort of Orwellian plot twist, no such luck. These are actual headlines that have appeared in 2009, in response to the CPSIA....more

This crazy law has made 2009 a devastating year for so many. Thank you for bringing it to ...more

CPSIA Stay Brings Time to Find Compromise

On January 30th, 2009, the Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously to place a one year stay on the testing and certification requirements for certain products manufactured for use with children 12 and younger. ...more

Will the CPSIA Bar Kids From Libraries?

I knew the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act wasn't what one would call a good piece of legislation. Sure, it sounds great. Who would disagree with keeping lead away from children's toys? But as I read more and most posts, like the impact it would have on small businesses and thrift stores I was concerned. Then I saw the impact that the CPSIA would have on people who sold items on on Etsy. But last week I saw something that stopped me in my tracks. I saw the American Library Association's press release on the impact it would have on libraries. ...more

The stay of enforcement only relates to manufacturer testing. All the other requirements of ...more

CPSIA Impact on Small Business, Thrift Stores, and the Environment

I am writing about something I learned today. It is the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. While I appreciate the intentions of safeguarding children I do not feel this has been thought out before being put into effect. Like so many other laws it was written too broadly and pushed through before considering all the consequences. Instead of targeting the manufacturers and distributors of new products who were selling toys containing lead, it is also targeting small businesses, thrift stores, and consignment stores. ...more

The CPSIA puts handmade toys and kids clothes in danger of extinction. Like, soon.

This week I got an email addressed to me at Cool Mom Picks, the shopping blog that I co-founded, and it nearly broke my heart. ...more

If you check the Save Handmade ...more