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1-8-2008 - CPSC clarifies requirements for resellers, thrift shops, and consignment stores. They are NOT required to TEST their inventory.. however, they are liable for ensuring they do not sell anything with more than 600 ppm of lead... basically, they dont HAVE to test.. but if they DONT test, and they sell something which is "toxic" they are liable.
STOCK STILL MUST BE TESTED... here is an official advisory from the CPSC in regards to requests to forgo testing on items made before Feb 10th, 2009 - http://cpsc.gov/library/foia/advisory/322.pdf

1-9-2008 - Just filmed story about CPSIA with KSL news Utah... not much new to report except that a letter from a congressman confirmed that wall art DOES fall under CPSIA laws... HOWEVER, natural materials and certain textiles MAY be exempt! A committee is voting on the issue.

to read more about POSSIBLE exemptions, go here:
http://cpsc.gov/library/foia/foia09/brief/leadlimits.pdf (it was voted on by the two committee members, and did pass.. but nothing is certain yet, as far as I know... so no celebrations yet)


I know this is long, but it is important. There is alot of panic in the handmade nation right now.. because this law directly affects us in an unfair way. We are doing everything we can to have it modified to include us, to be fair to us.. but at this point, we are being treated the same as big industry.. and while this will not affect them substantially, it WILL affect us. Hundreds, if not thousands, of crafters across our country will be put out of business. Those crafters are not only an intregal part of not only the local economy but they supply quality handmade goods as an alternative to mass produced and wasteful big box store goods. They will not be able to do what they do anymore if this law does not add an amendment for us.

So as a crafter this has hit home for me, last night my DH and I, and my mom on the phone.. sat down and read the 68 pages line by line, to see where I and my business fit into this. This affects anyone who sells goods to children under the age of 12, anyone who HAS children under the age of 12, anyone who MAKES goods for children under the age of 12, and anyone who buys things for children under the age of 12.

For those who don't know, the CPSIA (Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008) is an act designed to protect our children from unsafe toys, aka.. lead at excessive levels.. and thats a noble cause, HOWEVER, this act requires ANY item designed, marketed to, intended for use by, or looks like it could be designed FOR any child under the age of 12 must be tested. Sounds like a good idea, but you have to consider that the cost for these tests (estimates on different websites vary) have ranged from $100.00 to $4000.00. Even if we assume its $100.00, the average crafter cannot afford to have every "batch" of their craft tested. This act is poorly written and doesnt adress the REAL problem... it forces testing on products manufactured in the US, when our products werent the problem to begin with. We should be forcing testing on every product IMPORTED to the US, but a witch hunt on good American companies making good healthy products is not helping. In this economy, do we really need to put more of a burden on our businesses?

THIS AFFECTS EVERYONE! This affects at home care-takers, daycares, and schools... as your cribs and any toy items must be tested for lead. This affects crafters, of course. This affects Re-sellers, such as Salvation army and others, as THEIR apparel and toys must be tested. This affects GARAGE SALES. According to this act, you CANNOT sell any item for children under the age of 12 which has not been certified to meet the legal levels of lead. I am NOT joking, that is in the act. It is breaking the law to do so, and the fines are high.

Heres an example... if a bib maker makes 10 different styles of bib, with two fabrics on each bib, velcro, and heavy weight sew in.. she must have all10 of those bibs tested, at the $100 a pop (or more) and if she sews a different style, even using the same fabrics, THAT must be tested. EVERY time she makes a new batch, they must be tested.. even if they use the same supplies. She must also PERMANENTLY label her items with the batch number, so consumers can know when it was made and what batch it came from.

If a dress maker who makes children's dresses sews 20 different dresses, in 3 sizes each, she must have ALL sizes of all 20 dresses tested, even if they are made of the same fabric. Thats 60 tests. And dont think this doesnt affect ADULT apparel makers too, because it does... how many of you have 12 year olds who wear "adult" clothing? Not all 12 year olds shop in the junior section.. so adult clothing manufacturers will have to take extra precaution to ensure their products are never marketed to anyone under the age of 12, it goes so far as to say they cannot APPEAL to children under the age of 12. The law STATES that.. how can a dress maker ensure their product doesnt appeal to a child under the age of 12?

Small businesses CANNOT absorb the costs of this, they will either close their doors or raise their prices.. or stop selling items for children under the age of 12. We all buy our products (materials) from retailers here in the US... surely if those products (materials) were tested that would be good enough, right? No. The finished product must be tested, regardless of the materials being safe.

Here are some TRUE-VRS-FALSE things we managed to find, in regards to this Act, and how it will affect CRAFTERS specifically, of any item for children under the age of 12. Do your own research and read the law.. and of course, all of this is subject to change because there are amendments to this Act, and there are people fighting to change it. This isnt the "final word" this is a.. right now we think.. kind of deal.

Statement - certain things will be exempt for testing, like apparel, because fabric doesnt have lead in it.
FALSE- all items marketed to, designed for, advertised as, or for use by a child under the age of 12 must be tested for lead, even if it does not contain any.

In 180 days, must test less than 600 parts per million. In 365 days, must test less than 300 parts per million. in 3 years from date of enactment, must test less than 100 parts per million. WHAT the item is does not matter. It MUST test if it is to be used by a child under the age of 12.

Statement - on Feb 10th the store shelves will be empty, everything not tested must be disposed of.
UNDETERMINED-I am getting conflicting information. I cant say yes or no on this, to be honest I dont trust anyones "opinion" on this, including mine. I have contacted my states governor, and my senator. Both of their "offices" have replied that my concerns will be addressed. I dont know how long that will take.

Statement - on Feb 10th you must stop selling anything which has not been tested
UNDETERMINED-I am getting conflicting information. I cant say yes or no on this. I have contacted my states governor, and my senator. Both of their "offices" have replied that my concerns will be addressed. I dont know how long that will take.

From what I read.. I gathered that all items are subject to an up to 10 month grace period for testing.. you have to have certificates for every item to prove you had them tested. BUT, I could have read it wrong. I will wait to see what the governor or senator says.

THIS IS ACCORDING TO SECTION 102 of the ACT, view the PDF at Thomas.loc.gov, search H.R. 4040

Statement - All cribs must be tested if they are to be used in a daycare, home care facility, or to be re-sold (such as a hand-me down store, or consignment shop)
TRUE - unless amended (and it SHOULD be.) - It shall be a violation of section 19(a)(1) of the Consumer Product Safety Act for any person to which this applies to manufacture (make), sell (store or otherwise), contract to sell or resell (consignment store), lease, sublet, offer, provide for use (give away!!) or otherwise place in the stream of commerce a crib which is not in compliance with a standard promulgated under subsection (b). (meaning it must meet the lead levels I mentioned above... 600 parts per million, then 300.. maybe 100 eventually).

This applies to any person that -
(a) MANUFACTURES, DISTRIBUTES, OR CONTRACTS TO SELL CRIBS;    (Salvation army, Consignment stores, Goodwill, Garage sales, Deseret Industries, Baby stores, Walmart.. it affects ANYONE who wants to SELL a crib.)
(B) BASED ON THE PERSON OCCUPATION, HOLDS ITSELF OUT AS HAVING KNOWLEDGE OR SKILL PECULIAT TO CRIBS, INCLUDING CHILD CARE FACILITIES AND FAMILY CARE HOMES;   (Daycares, at home care facilities, babysitters, ANYONE who has children in their home and receive pay for it.)

All "Durable infant or toddler products" must be tested... those are defined as:
(A) Full size cribs and non full-size cribs; (B) toddler beds; (C) high chairs, booster chairs, and hook-on chairs; (D) bath seats; (E) gates and other enclosures for confining a child; (F) play yards; (G) stationary activity centers; (H) infant carriers; (I) strollers; (J) walkers; (K) swings; and (L) bassinets and cradles.   
ALL of those items are included in the law I posted above, ALL are illegal to sell or give away, even by you, without a lead test certification.

If you planned to donate your childrens old items, you cant. If you planned to give them to a friend, you cant. If you planned to sell them, you definitely cant. According to this law, as it is written right now, you CANT. its ILLEGAL. (to find out what you can do, keep reading)

1) DEFINED TERMS- As used in this section

(A) The term `phthalate alternative' means any common substitute to a phthalate, alternative material to a phthalate, or alternative plasticizers

(B) The term `children's toy' means a consumer product designed or intended by the manufacturer for a child 12 years of age or younger for use by the child when the child plays

(C) The term `child care article' means a consumer product designed or intended by the manufacturer to facilitate sleep or the feeding of children age 3 and younger, or to help such children with sucking or teething. (PAJAMAS, BEDDING, BLANKETS, BIBS, PACIFIERS, TEETHERS, BOWLS, SPOONS, FORKS, CUPS, HIGHCHAIRS, ANYTHING TO HELP A CHILD SLEEP, EAT, SUCK, OR TEETH)

(D) The term `consumer product' has the meaning given such term in section 3(a)(1) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (15 U.S.C. 2052(a)(1)).

(A) AGE- In determining whether products described in paragraph (1) are designed or intended for use by a child of the ages specified, the following factors shall be considered:

(i) A statement by a manufacturer about the intended use of such product, including a label on such product if such statement is reasonable.

(ii) Whether the product is represented in its packaging, display, promotion, or advertising as appropriate for use by children of the ages specified.

(iii) Whether the product is commonly recognized by consumers as being intended for use by a child of the ages specified.

(iv) The Age Determination guidelines issued by the Commission staff in September 2002 and any successor to such guidelines.

(B) TOY THAT CAN BE PLACED IN A CHILD'S MOUTH- For purposes of this section a toy can be placed in a child's mouthif any part of the toy can actually be brought to the mouthand kept in the mouthby a child so that it can be sucked and chewed. If the children's product can only be licked, it is not regarded as able to be placed in the mouth. If a toy or part of a toy in one dimension is smaller than 5 centimeters, it can be placed in the mouth.

Statement - well how will they know we are not complying? They wont worry about us, we're small potatoes.
TRUTH -Maybe, maybe not. Is it a risk you are willing to take? I listed the fines below. Just be aware, in the UK they have had tougher toy laws for a long time.. as a result, their toys are safer.. but also as a result, crafters are subject to having their product confiscated, even at craft shows, if they do not comply withthe law and regulations. YES, they can find you. Will they? Maybe not.. but I am not willing to risk a $100,000 fine to find out.  Furthermore, craft shows and farmers markets and other venues we sell our products in will not take on the liability of selling our un-tested products.. because then the fine is theirs, not ours!

(1) CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY ACT- Section 20(a)(1) (15 U.S.C. 2069(a)(1)) is amended--


        (A) by striking `$5,000' and inserting `$100,000';


        (B) by striking `$1,250,000' both places it appears and inserting `$15,000,000'; and


        (C) by striking `December 1, 1994,' in paragraph (3)(B) and inserting `December 1, 2011,'.
          (they took the fine from $5000, and made it $100,000?!!?!?!!)
          (read first reply for how you can help.) Vote POP, EVERY mom needs to see this!

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        Dec. 22, 2008 at 11:30 PM

        I have contacted my local news media in Orlando. Hopefully they will get back to me.

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        Dec. 23, 2008 at 6:18 PM

          EVERYONE should be writing their politician NOW about this.  We have worked hard to make our businesses stay above ground and now they are going to hit us all with this?  We are moms and we are committed to proividing safe products to our clients, that is why most of us are doing what we are doing.  This law will affect us all in one way or another.  It is the products coming from OVERSEAS that need to be tested. 



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        Dec. 23, 2008 at 7:07 PM

        I am so glad that so many of you are actively participating in this discussion!  I am a hand crafter and have grown my business slowly, but firmly since 1998.  I can't imagine what this law may do to me and I really don't want to close!  I have contacted every friend and family member, as well as major show producers (both trade and retail) for their support and to get the word out there to my fellow artists.  As many of you have said, this affects everyone.  The more who weigh in and ask for an amendment, the better.  You can sign on line petitions at:



         I really encourage everyone to do this and pass it on to others.  Together, we have a real voice.  Thanks everyone!


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        Jan. 6, 2009 at 1:17 PM


        Travelitis Dec. 19, 2008 at 9:23 PM

        The shelves will not be empty on Feb 10th because this is not retroactive.  Go read this thread which has good links.  http://www.fashion-incubator.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?p=20351&sid=eb81fbb7331489bf28100f22c2c20f0e  The manufacturers don't have to comply until Feb 10th, and then they don't have to pull the old stock off  the shelves.  They only have to start testing and have to comply with the new manufacturing laws.  


        This is true... to an extent. The portion of the law regarding phthalates is not retroactive, HOWEVER, the new lead standards will become effective and all the products must be proven to be within the first limit of 600 PPM before they can be sold. To prove this, the items must be tested.

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        Jan. 7, 2009 at 1:17 PM

        wow, i am getting ready to call my licencing agent, i run a small family childcare. this is insane, and i just found out about this this morning, i had no idea, if it weren't for a friend i never would have known. it's insane.

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        Jan. 8, 2009 at 4:17 PM

        I also am a crafter, I use Etsy to sell my things outside of the craft shows, here is a link to their article.   http://www.etsy.com/storque/craftivism/cpsia-exemption-announcement-resources-action-items-3188/

        from http://www.babyblissfl.etsy.com

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        Jan. 9, 2009 at 10:17 AM

        I make dolls and also bags/purses.  Do I need to put on each item, "Not intended for children 12 and under"?

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        Jan. 22, 2009 at 9:45 PM

        Thank you for posting this.  I'm in the process of starting a small business and this may just put me out of business before getting started.  This will do nothing except hurt the American economy even more.

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        Jan. 30, 2009 at 7:19 AM

        This law includes "True Soap". Only cosmetic soaps are not included in this law. This means that because true or more natural soaps are covered under the Consumer Product Safety Commision and not the FDA, they also would be under the new CPSIA law. How do I know this? I am a soap crafter who creates gycerin bar soap for kids. You see, if I sold soaps with other additives like SLS or SLES and things that kids don't need anyway, I would be able to sell those to kids, because it is no longer a true soap product it is considered a cosmetic, and falls under the FDA.

        Note: Under CPSIA, it sates that a consumer product does not include (H) drugs, devices or cosmetics (as such items are defined in section 201 (g), (h), and (i) of the Federal, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.

        Then if you go to Section 201 section (i) of the Federal Drug and Cosmetic Act it states:

        (i) The term "cosmetic" means (1) articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise applied to the human body or any part thereof for cleansing, beautifying, promoting attractiveness, or altering the appearance, and (2) articles intended for use as a component of any such articles; except that such term shall not include soap.

        So now I, a childrens soap crafter, is actually being punished for creating safe bar soap for kids..

        Go figure...

        I am devastaed beyond words, but it is the children who will suffer, now big corporations will win and be the only ones who manufactuer for children, and those are the very people who turned a blind eye to what China was doing in the first place...

        I just had to rant, because if I don't rant, I will spend the day in tears....


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        Jan. 30, 2009 at 7:23 AM

        OH and I forgot, oh yes...I sew crayon packs for kids, you know the benign little cotton crayon holders that hold the crayons? My ribbon is polyester, my thread is polyester...so now I will be selling what will be deemed as toxic as of Feb. 10th 2009...

        I never thought I would see the day when our Government, resorted to such overt control... :o(

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