Showing posts with label CPSIA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CPSIA. Show all posts

Friday, May 27, 2011


We're so close! I urge you to read the following post and contact your congressman so we can SAVE THE HANDMADE TOY (& general children's items) INDUSTRY in this country. For those of you that have never called your congressperson . . . it's time!

If you don't stand up, WHO WILL?

Can you imagine?  If this thing passes I might actually have the ability to do (within the laws of this land) what I most want to do, which is make and sell quality, safe, and unique clothes and toys for children. I have dreams about it all the time. Honestly.  You don't need to do it for me . . . just consider what options are left for our children when we are left with the garbage that big box stores (the only ones who can really absorb the costs associated with this bill) have to offer as the handmade business of making safe and quality items for children slowly dies away.

Seriously, don't gloss this over and assume someone else will call!!

Let your voice be heard! You were given the right to vote for a reason.

The CPSIA needs real reform RIGHT NOW.

Please take a few moments of your time and read on:
Handmade Toy Alliance Blog: Is this YOUR Congressman? We need your help! 


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Wait - - WHO Read My Post??

While I haven't received a whole lot of feedback on my latest CPSIA post (yet . . . I know more of you are going to come through for me), I did come to the realization this evening that Cool Mom Picks (yes - THAT Cool Mom Picks) somehow read it and posted a link to it on their site!

Seriously?  How did they even see it?!

Cool Mom Picks has been all over covering this thing since it all began a few years ago and have LOADS of great resources on their website. Do take a look if this is a topic of interest for you.

I hate to think of all the small business owners that have already folded under the pressure of this law . . . as well as the businesses that may never come to be.

Save Handmade Toys

Still dreaming over here.  And not quite sure how to proceed . . .


Monday, February 21, 2011

Weeding Through the Regulations

Starting my "shop" has been on my mind a lot lately.  In good ways and bad. 

To review:

  • I have no shop yet.  I went in and signed up my shop name on Etsy but haven't done anything else with it up to this point.
  • My original idea and plan was to make and sell all things KID.  The ideas were pouring out of me around this time last year in crazy amounts.  I was so beyond psyched to continue to hone my skills and collect patterns to make up a little product line.  I even took an Indie Business Course.
  • As many of you are aware, there is a fair amount of controversy these days over children's products and how they are regulated for safety in this country.  Laws have been made and alliances have been formed to push Washington to amend these laws to take some of these 3rd party testing burdens off of the small time producers of handmade goods.  It's only gotten so far.
  • I went through a period (which I'm still not sure I'm completely out of) where I considered abandoning the production of children's items altogether.  That I know of, there aren't crazy regulations on making stuff for adults so a whole new world of handmade possibilities opened up to me.  I started to look for new things I could get excited about making.  I have come across some things that I'm interested in, but there is a part of me that is still very much holding onto the ideas I have for kids.  Which has led me to:
    • Trying to weed through what's currently "allowed" and what's "not allowed" when making anything for kids under the age of 13.  (Quite a range, wouldn't you say?)
    • Getting very frustrated with how dry this document is and wondering if I'm understanding it correctly.
I'm bringing this up for a few reasons: 
  1. If you are a person who makes and sells things for children, please help fill me in on what's OK and what's not.  So far I think I've figured out I can use fabric without worry, but I don't know if I can use things like ribbons, buttons, zippers, etc without having to endure 3rd party testing and the costs associated with it.  Also, how do you "track" your products (if you do)?  I can't tell if this is required if you're using exempt materials or not, but it's giving me a headache just thinking about it.  If this is not something that you want to put out on the internet in the public comments, please consider emailing me.  My intent is to understand and be encouraged . . . I would love to make safe and unique handmade goods for kids without living under constant worry that I'm breaking a law I don't fully understand
  2. Since I have no real grasp on who is actually following along with my blog (past the regular commenters), it would be interesting to hear what kinds of things my readers consider purchasing handmade.  For me, I've looked to Etsy to purchase art, patterns, supplies, jewelry, and gifts.  I assume quite a few of my readers are sewers themselves . . . is this true?  Are you a person who already buys handmade?  I'm not taking a survey, I'm just curious about these kinds of things and wonder who might play along with my questions.   :)
Is anyone else out there feeling held back by the CPSIA?  I'd love to commiserate with you.  Please comment below or email me at skooksplayground[at]gmail[dot]com

Here's a helpful resource I've found if you want to muddle through this with me.  Please?

Onward and (hopefully) upward,


Thursday, May 20, 2010

Calling All Lovers of Handmade Goods . . . Stand Up and Fight!

Remember that whole CPSIA thing that everyone in the handmade world got all up in arms about awhile back?  I read a lot of handmade lovin' blogs, and it doesn't seem to be talked about a whole lot anymore.

Don't let that fool you into believing that the fight is over.  

I would encourage you to read the following article to re-familiarize yourself with the situation.  And get involved!  Contact your Representatives.

Because sitting around wishing things would change for the better changes nothing.


Tuesday, February 10, 2009

National Bankruptcy Day

Ok, forget what I said before. This is still a problem.


Saturday, January 31, 2009

Some Good News!

All those petitions and letters did not fall on deaf ears apparently. Read about it here.

The rules still apply, but they've issued a stay for the next year on total enforcement. Hopefully in that year, they'll just chuck this law and start over with something that makes a lot more sense. Let's keep the kiddos safe while still keeping reason intact, I say.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

Can the Government Please Not Crush the Handmade Industry?

I am so sad after reading this thread that I found on Etsy. If the government has its way, that Etsy shop I've mused about opening will probably never happen. Unless I stop wanting to make things for kids.

Save Handmade Toys

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