Maybe I Could be a Republican?

Ouch, my fingers burned even typing that. But there’s a big fat law that’s invading my personal freedoms come the end of this month.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 is supposed to protect our children from lead and phthalates in toys. And clothes. And books. And crayons. And bikes.  I’m all for protecting kids. I went through our entire train collection in 2007 when train after train was reported as having lead paint. I read every recall, I looked for serial numbers on James (James is red, so he’s the most likely to be lead -filled … gah, I still don’t like Alec Baldwin narrating the Thomas & Friends stories).

I’m not convinced the CPSIA is the answer though, neither are some others. She’s going to have to reduce her offerings drastically. There was fear for awhile that thrift shops would go out of business because they wouldn’t be able to afford the testing on all their merchandise. We’re supposed to embrace the new world order of reduce-reuse-recycle. How can I do that when there are no consignment shops and it’s illegal for me to sell my gently loved children’s clothes? However, on January 8 it was clarified that thrift stores did not have to test their products (they do have to continue pulling items from their shelves that are on a recall list though).

I fear the only toy sellers to weather will be WalMart (speaking of which, I think it’s interesting that I was all woohoo, look at the pretty picture representing the data and you all were OMG the locusts and the hey hey) and Target. The small independent toy sellers, of which we have three brick-and-morter stores within easy reach, aren’t going to make it. They aren’t going to be able to afford to stock their shelves with more expensive toys (thanks to the CPSIA) and let them sit there longer (thanks to the recession). The etsy sellers aren’t going to be able to test each of their individual creations.

What can we do? If you’re a member of the huge time suck, you can join Rally Against the CPSIA legislature. If you’re a seller on etsy, they’ve started a thread. Boutique Cafe is full of great ideas. I’ll be writing my congressional reps; don’t know who yours are? Check here.

Did you also write a post about this? Toss it in the comments. I know I’ve read lots of good stuff, I just can’t seem to find it in my reader currently.

As for the changing parties, ha ha! It was a joke. But I would like government to keep its paws off my hand made skirt.

3 smart people left their mark:

  1. Pamela, 14. January 2009, 7:18

    I was all gaspy gasp there for a minute. But you are totally right. Those handsy bastards we hired! Mer.

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  2. Lynn, 14. January 2009, 10:50

    Totally felt the same way….”my dad would love this… me up in arms over govt. intervention. Note: i don’t advocate lead… but what to do about etsy??”

    Lynns last blog post..Our newest family member, the barking seal.

  3. Tracie, 15. January 2009, 21:57

    You caught my attention. I agree with you 100%

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