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December 11, 2008 § 7 Comments


{blue sky!}

That may not seem like a big deal, but we live in Holland & this time of year is typically gray, gray & more…gray.

& save handmade toys!!:

*Please* take a moment to read this article and send a letter to your congressperson/rep. {a template is available}. Beautiful, safe, chemical-free handmade toys by artisans & small businesses are in jeopardy. You know the ones you adore- hand carved, hand sewn, one-of-a-kind, as well as almost every handmade item for children will be illegal for sale in the United States. This will mean that the only items available for us to purchase for our children are mass produced by a handful of big companies who can afford the testing fees. Handmade items are notoriously safe- artists & crafters dedicated to quality items who have been the *alternative* to plastic & cheap construction, will be out of business- like Etsy people! Think about that for a second!

From the handmade toy alliance:

  • A toymaker, for example, who makes wooden cars in his garage in Maine to supplement his income cannot afford the $4,000 fee per toy that testing labs are charging to assure compliance with the CPSIA.
  • A work at home mom in Minnesota who makes dolls to sell at craft fairs must choose either to violate the law or cease operations.
  • A small toy retailer in Vermont who imports wooden toys from Europe, which has long had stringent toy safety standards, must now pay for testing on every toy they import.
  • And even the handful of larger toy makers who still employ workers in the United States face increased costs to comply with the CPSIA, even though American-made toys had nothing to do with the toy safety problems of 2007.

Please copy paste this info onto your blog or site and email to everyone you know…

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  • Christine says:

    That blows my mind. On my to-do list for the day!

  • klarobinson215 says:

    First, that is a gorgeous blue sky!
    Second – That is VERY sad! I wonder if they will accept letters from Canada – Christine, who’s your congressman?!

  • Kristin says:

    I sent a letter too! This is just disgusting…I commented on Lee’s blog – I get what they’re trying to do here, but the execution is ALL wrong. Kind of reminds you of the I600 approval process, no? :-)

  • gail says:

    Thank you for sharing this Ker. I’ve signed!!

  • Carissa says:

    I so agree about the handmade toys…I have done that am hoping for change.

  • Deb says:

    Great job on your post. This information MUST get out to the public. This issue has come to the forefront of the resale industry as well. In many resale stores one will find locally or regionally handcrafted toys and other items. If the law continues to be interpreted in the manner it is, the handmade toy industry and the children’s resale industry will fail to exist. The resale industry organization is working hard to get Congress to act quickly before 2/10/09. I’d recommend this site: http://www.savekidsresale.com for more reading on this topic.

    Also, if you want to write your congress person about this aspect of the CPSIA, here’s a link, enter your zipcode and let them know how you feel.

    http://capwiz.com/congressorg/sbx/f/?aid=12389726&r=1

    Congress and the CPSC (the body assigned to interpret the law and apply the law) need to know how the american public feels about this law and the unintended consequences. The only way to accomplish this is to write and call them.

    Please become active before it’s too late.
    Thank you,
    Deb

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