Wednesday, January 28, 2009

CPSIA Blog-In:

In an effort to help bring awareness to the unintended effects of the CPSIA, bloggers from all over the world are uniting for an International Blog-In today. You can see a list of participating blogs here:
International CPSIA Blog-In Participants

If you have a bl
og of your own, we encourage you to join us today in sharing the the effects of this well-intentioned but poorly thought-out law. Two members of the EtsyKids Team, Holly of Winklepots & Gretchen of Chichiboulie, put together the following post for people to use for the Blog-In. Everyone is welcome to post all of it, part of it, or just use it for inspiration:

"As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.

Do you know about the CPSIA? No?
Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.
The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too. How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:

To the Parents of Young Students:
Due to the new law, expect to see the
cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.

To the Avid Reader:
Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the l
ove of reading after all. Article from the American Library Association

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:
Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kin
d items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

To the Environmentalist:
Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can
't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.

To the Second-Hand Shopper:
Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

To the Entrepreneur:
Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testin
g and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.

To the Antique Toy Collector:
Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.”

To the American Economy:
Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

To the Worldwide Economy:
Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses.

If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law

Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react."

Etsy recently put together a CPSIA Action Kit, which is packed full of information, and ways you can help. Please see this article:

CPSIA Action Kit
and Community Chat

Friday, January 23, 2009

EtsyBABY Features - All the Numbers

Allthenumbers has the cutest jumpers for little girls. They have the sweetest appliques and hand embroidery. Any little princess would be so proud to wear one of these pinafores. Her little birdie pinafore won First Prize in the Etsy Handmade Kids Contest in the Clothing Category. Congrats Kiki!
And have you seen her quilts?? They are absolutely stunning! Anyone would love to snuggle up under one and drift off to sleep.

She has also been doing all she can to help spread the word about the impending CPSIA law, as well as contacting all the lead people in the Legislature and CPSC. Thanks for all your contributions and hard work on this Kiki!

Etsy: Your place to buy & sell all things handmade

The post was written by Connie from Scandeez.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Two Great Giveaways From EtsyBABY Members!!

Crafting on the court - Free Giveaway

Please head on over to Crafting On the Court for details!!!!

Goldtone Designs...

Jen with Goldtone Designs, is having a giveaway of her own on her blog.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Help SAVE Handmade Baby & Kids Products

A joint effort between Teams EtsyBABY & EtsyKIDS

Our campaign to help save handmade baby & kids products: The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was passed in August, 2008 to prevent the use of lead in products intended for children 12 years and younger. Initially we recognize that this is a good thing, however, this act also mandates third-party testing and certification of all products for children under 12 years old. The certification and labeling of each product is going to be quite costly, especially for those shops who sell multiple products as they will need to test and certify each product they sell. For small businesses, like the members of EtsyBABY and EtsyKIDS, this could be trouble! It's a costly expenditure, $300 - $4000, and will most likely cause a lot of shops who create HANDMADE products to close.

Teams EtsyBABY and EtsyKIDS are asking for your help too! Starting Friday, January 9th, we are launching a HUGE promotion to help show our support for HANDMADE baby and kids products. We have over 100 participating shops who are offering discounts, free shipping, free gifts ... to our customers and supporters. Please visit the ShopEtsyBABY website for a list of participating shops and details. Help us SAVE HANDMADE!

Thank you,
EtsyBABY & EtsyKIDS Teams