Change is good

 

 

Well today is the day. As I watch some action unfold on TV today I find myself a mix of happy and sad. I look at this man who carries such weight on his shoulders. An economic crisis, ending a war safely, the first African American President. I can not imagine the amount of pressure he faces. I think this idea of change is a good idea, a noble idea but is it realistic?  

 

Barack Obama says Americans must “choose hope over fear”.

 

Check my Flickr photos if you don’t believe me….I’ll wait.

Inspired by my friend Lisa I have been doing some serious New Year Cleaning. She wanted to do some swapping of long forgotten toys but sadly between the two of us our needs aren’t in sync but none the less I got some much needed toy pruning done. I was just talking to another one of my friends the other day about how it is more difficult for me to let items go then it is for the children. I think part of it is money. I know what I paid for any given item and multiply that feeling if I bought said item new verses from a yard sale or consignment shop. I sold a Strawberry shortcake house MD had long since abandoned for a $6 profit and I must admit it made that a little easier to let go of it. The other part is I hate to let “cool” learning toys go that I think the kids can still benefit from I think they will pick them back up one day. I will admit purging some toys these past two days feels nice and both kids room look a bit less cluttered. I fill one plastic bin from each child’s room. It is amazing how much stuff these kids have. MD tried to “help” me but I realized after the “keeping” baby doll group was about fifteen dolls and the “selling” group was only two dolls we had a problem. I also raided our board game shelf which was very difficult and managed to get rid of eight games so now we are down to a mere twenty five games is you count the deck of cards, barrel of monkeys and puzzles. 

 

But I did get two full bins in addition to our train table and I currently have them listed in a few local sites. That train table has been a long time coming but I got such a great deal on it and we really have gotten great use out of it. But really it is now just used as a dumping ground. I feel so much better to know these things will go to new home where they will be needed and used!!! 

 

I’m hoping to buy everyone new bed sheets with the earnings. Each bed in our house only has one worn out set currently. What is a good soft thread count?

 

Ok so how are you simplifying your life today? 

 

BTW my eating is tippy toeing the line but I have been exercising everyday. The scale has not been kind but that is ok… I guess.   

We’ll thank the maker!!! Alittle update;

NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 8, 2009
Release #09-086 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

CPSC Clarifies Requirements of New Children’s Product Safety Laws Taking Effect in February
Guidance Intended for Resellers of Children’s Products, Thrift and Consignment Stores

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In February 2009, new requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) take effect. Manufacturers, importers and retailers are expected to comply with the new Congressionally-mandated laws. Beginning February 10, 2009, children’s products cannot be sold if they contain more than 600 parts per million (ppm) total lead. Certain children’s products manufactured on or after February 10, 2009 cannot be sold if they contain more than 0.1% of certain specific phthalates or if they fail to meet new mandatory standards for toys.
Under the new law, children’s products with more than 600 ppm total lead cannot lawfully be sold in the United States on or after February 10, 2009, even if they were manufactured before that date. The total lead limit drops to 300 ppm on August 14, 2009.
The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that children’s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards.
The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties.
When the CPSIA was signed into law on August 14, 2008, it became unlawful to sell recalled products. All resellers should check the CPSC Web site (www.cpsc.gov) for information on recalled products before taking into inventory or selling a product. The selling of recalled products also could carry civil and/or criminal penalties.
While CPSC expects every company to comply fully with the new laws resellers should pay special attention to certain product categories. Among these are recalled children’s products, particularly cribs and play yards; children’s products that may contain lead, such as children’s jewelry and painted wooden or metal toys; flimsily made toys that are easily breakable into small parts; toys that lack the required age warnings; and dolls and stuffed toys that have buttons, eyes, noses or other small parts that are not securely fastened and could present a choking hazard for young children.
The agency has underway a number of rulemaking proposals intended to provide guidance on the new lead limit requirements. Please visit the CPSC website at www.cpsc.gov for more information.

February 10,2009

Our government in all its wisdom has managed to shock me once again… are we working on feeding the hungry or bringing peace to our streets? How about working on the homeowners that are about to have their homes foreclosed or families in crisis? No… not only no to those but they are trying to stop clothing our poor. And by poor I mean anyone (my family included) who buys second hand kid clothes or toys. There is a new CPSIA law that prevents the selling or even giving away of any USED items made after February 10, 2009. That’s right all those hand me downs you have to give to a friend or put away for a yard sale or sell on Ebay… nope you’ll be breaking the law. Not to mention the hundreds of thousands small business owners who own children consignments shops who now will be forced to close their doors. 

 Our family has survived on second hand clothes and toys. It’s one of the sacrifices we make to live on one income and it is even more important with the bad economy. I really am not sure what will happen when my children start to outgrow their current clothes. 

 

Now let’s think about Goodwill and Salvation Army, their stores not only take donations in (which they will no longer be able to do) their employees will be out of a job as well. 

 

I have to wonder is this a sick attempt at trying to jump start the new merchandise sales? 

 

Now agree the CPSIA law may have good intentions. It is there to make sure that our children aren’t exposed to the lead they were exposed to by Chinese manufacturing. BUT what about my beloved Etsy??? Or Craft shows that travel the country? Those crafters can continue to sell their items but must put their item through a very expensive testing process for a special label that most won’t be able to afford or justify and keep their prices reasonable to buy. Those crafters include seamstress who make clothes, toys, diapers and much more. What a shame the world will now be missing their beauty!

 

Thanks to my friend Cat over at The Spastic Cat I have a few links to show you how you can get involved. Do it now before it is too late!

 

How to Get Involved — it only takes 5 minutes of your time!

 

-Find your congress
person
and senators
and write a letter like the sample
here
.

Particularly if they serve on the House
Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection
or the House
Committee on Small Business
.

 

-Send an email directly to the CPSC
or contact chairperson Nancy Nord at 301-504-7923

 

-Vote for amending the law on Change.org,
digg style:If it makes the top ten proposals, it will be presented to President
Obama in January!

 

Let’s not forget where will this stuff go when it is time to pass them on? If we can’t sell the stuff or give it away??? We’ll be forced to toss the stuff in the trash, filling our landfills at a record rate? Hello please people let change this before it is too late!

 

-Place the Save
Handmade!
button
on your blog or website to help spread the word to
everyone you know who cares about protecting the little guy and preserving
beautiful items made with love for our children.

 

Fantastic Resources

 

The Handmade Toy
Alliance
(check out their proposed
changes
, a lot of which make a whole lot of sense

 

CPSIA
Facebook Group
and Handmade
Toy Alliance facebook fan page

I want a new baby!!!

I saw this when a friend was asking about ideas for non consumable gifts. I love it. The poor Manatees may not be much to look at but they are such peaceful and gentle animals. They are still an endangered species.  I find it very interesting fossil remains of manatee ancestors show they have inhabited Florida for about 45 million years. Modern manatees have been in Florida for over one million years (probably with intermittent absences during the Ice Ages).  So adopt your Manatee today!

whatever

Well happy New Year… everyone here is either sick, getting sick or about to be sick. I am the one who is very sick (with head colds) and to toss salt on my wound I have finished my series of books I was reading and I am now playing host to everyone’s favorite monthly visitor! So it has been an all around great past few days with a dim few ahead.   

I can hardly believe another year is here.

A Place For Everything

removing the clutter...forever