Wednesday, January 21, 2009

I need your help

I had been planning to update my blog by talking about the holidays,the kids my birthday,blah,blah,blah but I have something much more important to rant about. For those of you who don't know the CPSIA(consumer product safety improvement act)as of Feb.10,2009 is basically putting small handcrafting businesses like mine out of business. In a nutshell if you sell a product for a child 12 and under it has to be lead tested.No matter what it is made from-it doesn't have to have a drop of paint on it-it has to be tested. To test each item is around $70.Being that my items start at $2.50-it's not gonna happen. But wait it gets even better than that! Lets say I want to sell a boutique bows-each color ribbon would have to be tested individually along with the clip it's attached it,centerpiece etc. Doing you see where I'm going with this? This legislation is to protect our children from toys from China which are high in lead. Unfortunately small businesses like mine or on e-bay,etsy and other internet marketplaces are screwed. It's not just hairbows its baby clothes,bibs,diaperbags,toys,jewelry and such.
I am all for increasing regulations on imported items but this is going to effect me and tons like me. I'm not sure yet what I'm going to do but if this legislation doesn't change I am gong to have to stop selling my bows(which not only will effect me economically but it will break my heart)and little girl bracelets.
This will be devastating to our already on life support economy
Now for the help part where you can help.. if you follow this link:
Please get as many people as you can to sign.
You can sign a petition to block this legislation or at the very least amend it.
Take a look at Trisha from She really explains it much much better than I did in her video blog.


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