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

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