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Breaking News: The CPSIA Mandatory Testing & Certification Proposed 1 Year Suspension

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We are so excited to announce that the Commission has voted for a “Stay of Enforcement of Certain Testing and Certification Requirements of CPSIA” — which means that they are proposing a 1 year suspension of the burden of lead testing and certification while they take more time to review the rules and plan enforcement!  All of your hard work is paying off (for the time being at least!).  You wouldn’t have to pay to do the certification and testing, though you are still liable if your products are found to have lead. We are so pleased that artisans and vintage sellers got their voices heard. Your hard work is not over; we must continue to play a role in advocating for small business people throughout the coming year.

“The action taken today provides breathing space to get in place some of the rules needed for implementation, but it should not be viewed as a full solution to the many problems that have been raised.” —U.S. Consumer product Safety Commission

You’ll find the press release below:

CPSC Grants One Year Stay of Testing and Certification Requirements for Certain Products

Washington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted unanimously (2-0) to issue a one year stay of enforcement for certain testing and certification requirements for manufacturers and importers of regulated products, including products intended for children 12 years old and younger. These requirements are part of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), which added certification and testing requirements for all products subject to CPSC standards or bans.

Significant to makers of children’s products, the vote by the Commission provides limited relief from the testing and certification requirements which go into effect on February 10, 2009 for new total lead content limits (600 ppm), phthalates limits for certain products (1000 ppm), and mandatory toy standards, among other things. Manufacturers and importers – large and small – of children’s products will not need to test or certify to these new requirements, but will need to meet the lead and phthalates limits, mandatory toy standards and other requirements.

The decision by the Commission gives the staff more time to finalize four proposed rules which could relieve certain materials and products from lead testing and to issue more guidance on when testing is required and how it is to be conducted.

The stay will remain in effect until February 10, 2010, at which time a Commission vote will be taken to terminate the stay.

The stay does not apply to:

  • Four requirements for third-party testing and certification of certain children’s products subject to:

    • The ban on lead in paint and other surface coatings effective for products made after December 21, 2008;

    • The standards for full-size and non full-size cribs and pacifiers effective for products made after January 20, 2009;

    • The ban on small parts effective for products made after February 15, 2009; and

    • The limits on lead content of metal components of children’s jewelry effective for products made after March 23, 2009.

  • Certification requirements applicable to ATV’s manufactured after April 13, 2009.

  • Pre-CPSIA testing and certification requirements, including for: automatic residential garage door openers, bike helmets, candles with metal core wicks, lawnmowers, lighters, mattresses, and swimming pool slides; and

  • Pool drain cover requirements of the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool & Spa Safety Act.

The stay of enforcement provides some temporary, limited relief to the crafters, children’s garment manufacturers and toy makers who had been subject to the testing and certification required under the CPSIA. These businesses will not need to issue certificates based on testing of their products until additional decisions are issued by the Commission. However, all businesses, including, but not limited to, handmade toy and apparel makers, crafters and home-based small businesses, must still be sure that their products conform to all safety standards and similar requirements, including the lead and phthalates provisions of the CPSIA.

Handmade garment makers are cautioned to know whether the zippers, buttons and other fasteners they are using contain lead. Likewise, handmade toy manufacturers need to know whether their products, if using plastic or soft flexible vinyl, contain phthalates.

The stay of enforcement on testing and certification does not address thrift and second hand stores and small retailers because they are not required to test and certify products under the CPSIA. The products they sell, including those in inventory on February 10, 2009, must not contain more than 600 ppm lead in any accessible part. The Commission is aware that it is difficult to know whether a product meets the lead standard without testing and has issued guidance for these companies that can be found on our Web site.

The Commission trusts that State Attorneys General will respect the Commission’s judgment that it is necessary to stay certain testing and certification requirements and will focus their own enforcement efforts on other provisions of the law, e.g. the sale of recalled products.

Please visit the CPSC Web site at www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html for more information on all of the efforts being made to successfully implement the CPSIA.

  • LaveMeSoapCo
  • PlaskDesign

    PlaskDesign says:

    Now that is great news!

    6 years ago

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz says:

    this is really exciting news. :) thanks for keeping us up-to-date!

    6 years ago

  • meghandesigns
  • cinnamonsticks

    cinnamonsticks says:

    Whooo Hoooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so very much for all of your hard work on our behalf!

    6 years ago

  • MomNMiaQuilts

    MomNMiaQuilts says:

    HURRAY! Way to go everyone!

    6 years ago

  • prettylittle

    prettylittle says:

    AAAAHHHHHHH!!! No way!! *waits for someone to burst my happy bubble*

    6 years ago

  • SweetPeaandCo

    SweetPeaandCo says:

    YEAH!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • EllaBearBowtique

    EllaBearBowtique says:

    Beyond awsome!

    6 years ago

  • cozycottagecreations

    cozycottagecreations says:

    Yeah!!!! I feel like such a dark cloud has been lifted!

    6 years ago

  • monamivie

    monamivie says:

    Awesome! Very good news for all :)

    6 years ago

  • kunklebaby

    kunklebaby says:

    YAY!!!!!!! All the activism & hard work has made an impact!

    6 years ago

  • RedBessBonney

    RedBessBonney says:

    great news!

    6 years ago

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli says:

    Wonderful News!

    6 years ago

  • MyissaG

    MyissaG says:

    YAY!!!

    6 years ago

  • autumnslings

    autumnslings says:

    Thanks for the update!

    6 years ago

  • RockerByeBaby

    RockerByeBaby says:

    OMG, I JUST SCREAMED OUT LOUD!!!! IM SOOOOOOO SDLFKJOEWIJR HAPPY!!!!

    6 years ago

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie says:

    Oh, that is FLAT OUT fantastic! YAYYYYY!!! Yes, all the voting and spreading the news has worked - at least for a bit!!

    6 years ago

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO says:

    wow FANTASTIC! now my mom can open her doll shop here!!!

    6 years ago

  • bubbletime

    bubbletime says:

    Snoopy dance!!

    6 years ago

  • kaylah7

    kaylah7 says:

    woot woot!!!

    6 years ago

  • chestnutfarmer

    chestnutfarmer says:

    Thank you!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • blockpartypress

    blockpartypress says:

    Wonderful news!

    6 years ago

  • DancingMooney

    DancingMooney says:

    This is terrific news!!!!!! Thanks SO much for posting on the front page about it! ♥

    6 years ago

  • ShelleAnne

    ShelleAnne says:

    Fabulous! Glad I wrote letters!

    6 years ago

  • charlieandsarah

    charlieandsarah says:

    That is fantastic! Thank you for the good news.

    6 years ago

  • WrenWillow

    WrenWillow says:

    awesome!!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • roscata

    roscata says:

    I think I will sleep so well tonight!!!! However, the work is still not done, but now I'm not in fear of shutting down anything next month.

    6 years ago

  • catrocks

    catrocks says:

    That is AMAZING!!!!! A huge victory of sorts...great job all!!

    6 years ago

  • erinkeys

    erinkeys says:

    That is wonderful news!

    6 years ago

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself says:

    Great news!

    6 years ago

  • GoldtoneDesigns

    GoldtoneDesigns says:

    WONDERFUL NEWS!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • dottyral

    dottyral says:

    Amazingly wonderful news!

    6 years ago

  • threeredtrees

    threeredtrees says:

    Common sense actually won (at least for now)...congrats to all of you!

    6 years ago

  • Eclectica

    Eclectica says:

    Wonderful news!

    6 years ago

  • mermaidclaire
  • GreenMamba

    GreenMamba says:

    The best news I've heard in ages!

    6 years ago

  • craftgasm

    craftgasm says:

    Fabulous news! However, don't let the excitement keep you from proper spelling and grammar in the title on "manditory"! ;)

    6 years ago

  • woodmouse

    woodmouse says:

    Wonderful news, I hope that in the next year the guidelines are further explained and that some materials (natural!) will be exempt as well as one of a kind items, etc. Anyway, great news!

    6 years ago

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy says:

    Giant sigh of relief! Now I can get creative again!

    6 years ago

  • beadstylin

    beadstylin says:

    I don't sell children's products, but I have been following this closely, and I am SO HAPPY to hear this news...YAY!!!

    6 years ago

  • CountryDreaming

    CountryDreaming says:

    Hurray! :-)

    6 years ago

  • pawandclawdesigns

    pawandclawdesigns says:

    YAY! now i can buy niece presents!

    6 years ago

  • Winklepots

    Winklepots says:

    YES!!! :o)

    6 years ago

  • TroveDesigns

    TroveDesigns says:

    Fantastic to hear!!

    6 years ago

  • organicquiltcompany

    organicquiltcompany says:

    Brilliant News!!!! Thanks so much for the update.

    6 years ago

  • mamaslittlemonkeys

    mamaslittlemonkeys says:

    YEAHH!!! THANK YOU guys for helping us fight! DOnt back down though guys...that year will pass quickly!! Keep on top of this! YEAH FOR HANDMADE!

    6 years ago

  • alwaysadorable

    alwaysadorable says:

    I am doing the happy dance, and probably won't stop till next year! Just fabulous news!

    6 years ago

  • theselovinghands

    theselovinghands says:

    Thank you to all who have put in so much effort.

    6 years ago

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden says:

    Oh How wonderful! My mom can still make little girls clothes, And so can the rest of you!!!

    6 years ago

  • giftsdefine

    giftsdefine says:

    at least our voice has been heard...wonderful news!

    6 years ago

  • YoursTrulyxoxo

    YoursTrulyxoxo says:

    It is so exciting to see that community activism really can work!

    6 years ago

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch says:

    OH MY ~~~ How Great !! Thank you for the UPDATE !! Such good news * jumping up and down *

    6 years ago

  • acequimby

    acequimby says:

    Woohoooo! Happy dance for all! Awesome news.

    6 years ago

  • bamdesigns

    bamdesigns says:

    OMGOSH That is so great to hear- i am sitting here in tears because i am so happy. Thank you so much to all those who worked so hard to help makes this happen!

    6 years ago

  • ScoopiLoo

    ScoopiLoo says:

    Yeah ! so happy for everyone that sells children items :)

    6 years ago

  • MieleArte

    MieleArte says:

    DAMN STRAIGHT!!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • bugbitesplayfood

    bugbitesplayfood says:

    MERRY CHRISTMAS TO US!! I just wet myself with excitement & woke up my baby with my cheering!!! Way to go us!

    6 years ago

  • friedokra

    friedokra says:

    Wooo! Awesome news!

    6 years ago

  • HELICOPTERstudios

    HELICOPTERstudios says:

    SWEET!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • PsAndQs

    PsAndQs says:

    *gasps* yahoooooooooooo!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • beta

    beta says:

    Great news!!

    6 years ago

  • SquaresOfFlair

    SquaresOfFlair says:

    This is fantastic news! I am so glad for all of our sellers on Etsy who sell children's products.

    6 years ago

  • BoutiqueCafe

    BoutiqueCafe says:

    From what I'm reading all over Twitter and the net, this is a PROPOSED Suspension - big difference if this is true. It's a step towards suspension but not set in stone yet. Still praying.

    6 years ago

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers says:

    YEP! See! All that worrying for nothing! There will always be a market for handmade! Peace and Etsy love!

    6 years ago

  • ImogensGarden

    ImogensGarden says:

    Whoooooo-hooooooooo!!!!

    6 years ago

  • lillipopsdesigns

    lillipopsdesigns says:

    YIPPEEE!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • jennadesigns

    jennadesigns says:

    I am so happy for everyone! As both a seller and buyer of children's goods, I was very sad at the prospect of not being able to make, or purchase, things for my son and daughter through Etsy. I'm so happy that for the next year, I will at least have that option! Congrats everyone!

    6 years ago

  • hollymoose

    hollymoose says:

    Doing the happy dance!!! Woohoo!!! Here's hoping that it gets re-written into MUCH better legislation over the next year.

    6 years ago

  • AnnieandOlive

    AnnieandOlive says:

    Thank you Lord!!

    6 years ago

  • bobsandbits

    bobsandbits says:

    having champagne tonight, then preparing for the rest of the fight. : D

    6 years ago

  • TwoKazoos

    TwoKazoos says:

    Wow. Our voice was actually heard. I am amazed and so happy.

    6 years ago

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake says:

    This is so EXICITING! What an appropriate picture at the top!

    6 years ago

  • noadi

    noadi says:

    Great news!!! We still have to get the law changed but now we have some time to get it done.

    6 years ago

  • mullishmuse

    mullishmuse says:

    i'm glad, and i totally hope they can come up with something in a year that's more acceptable.

    6 years ago

  • julieboyles

    julieboyles says:

    Fantastic News! Congratulations to all for all your hard work!

    6 years ago

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard says:

    Tears of joy and the happy feet dance!

    6 years ago

  • valeriya

    valeriya says:

    :-D BEST NEWS EVER!!!

    6 years ago

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette says:

    Now this is awesome and well needed!!! xoxo

    6 years ago

  • oktak

    oktak says:

    Thanks for the great news! (Considering opening a second shop for baby items!)

    6 years ago

  • jadewicks

    jadewicks says:

    Absolutely wonderful news!

    6 years ago

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie says:

    This is awesome! Weeeee!

    6 years ago

  • LittleElfsToyshop

    LittleElfsToyshop says:

    Oh this is such wonderful news! ^_^

    6 years ago

  • PearlZenith

    PearlZenith says:

    I just danced with joy when I saw this.

    6 years ago

  • buddhanature
  • dollcloset

    dollcloset says:

    YAHOO!

    6 years ago

  • riskybeads

    riskybeads says:

    :-) !!!!

    6 years ago

  • owlpeople

    owlpeople says:

    whooooooooohhooooooooooooooooo!!

    6 years ago

  • HomeCraftedGifts

    HomeCraftedGifts says:

    Praise God!!

    6 years ago

  • thecleverkitty

    thecleverkitty says:

    Wooohooo!!! Just did a great big happy dance!

    6 years ago

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses says:

    Yes We Can!

    6 years ago

  • cheriebeadle

    cheriebeadle says:

    OH! Such amazing news!!! Everyone that it would have affected directly can now give a sigh of relief and all of supporting you can too!!!

    6 years ago

  • ByToni

    ByToni says:

    What a Great First Step! I am happy.

    6 years ago

  • Oh2122

    Oh2122 says:

    Woo-hoo! Congratulations everyone!

    6 years ago

  • craftynataliedc

    craftynataliedc says:

    yey! this is such great news!

    6 years ago

  • HannahsTutus

    HannahsTutus says:

    This is great news and made my evening!!!

    6 years ago

  • sunfleur1

    sunfleur1 says:

    yayyayyayayayayayyyyyyyy!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • MommysMonkey

    MommysMonkey says:

    Oh Happy Happy day!!

    6 years ago

  • thepaperflowershop

    thepaperflowershop says:

    Wow, there is finally someone having some sense on this issue!

    6 years ago

  • 2kute

    2kute says:

    wow!!!! so happy!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • germandolls

    germandolls says:

    Dankeschoen!

    6 years ago

  • loranscruggs

    loranscruggs says:

    Wooo Hoo!

    6 years ago

  • MyManyMoodz

    MyManyMoodz says:

    Fantastic news! I'm so happy for all the kids sellers. Way to go!

    6 years ago

  • haddy2dogs

    haddy2dogs says:

    Awesome!!!Oh better go restock my shop....

    6 years ago

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds says:

    Hurrray!!!

    6 years ago

  • stonesofhealing

    stonesofhealing says:

    WOWSA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • cms36451

    cms36451 says:

    I'm so excited about this. I don't currently sale childrens items how ever I do support those artist who do! Don't give up, keep fighting!

    6 years ago

  • humblebea

    humblebea says:

    Margaritas on me! Foe the adults, of course! (-:

    6 years ago

  • joeyandaleethea

    joeyandaleethea says:

    Woohoooooo!!!!!! This is the best news I've received since my baby girl was born 7 months ago!!!! Let's all celebrate by SHOPPING HANDMADE TONIGHT!!!! :D

    6 years ago

  • citefuzz

    citefuzz says:

    yay!!!

    6 years ago

  • Mimiandlola
  • mclean2612

    mclean2612 says:

    This is SO GREAT! Thank you all who lobbied, blogged etc and thank you Etsy for helping our voices be heard!

    6 years ago

  • holdentees

    holdentees says:

    So great! And shall I add resonable. Hard work does pay off! I'm with joey and aleethea! I'm going to jump for joy and buy something handmade to celebrate!

    6 years ago

  • EyePopArt

    EyePopArt says:

    Fantastic!

    6 years ago

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca says:

    Hot Damn!

    6 years ago

  • lowleepop

    lowleepop says:

    yay, I can breathe again!!!

    6 years ago

  • ohsoadorable1

    ohsoadorable1 says:

    AWESOME

    6 years ago

  • topknots

    topknots says:

    Great news!

    6 years ago

  • babymoon

    babymoon says:

    Wow! This made my day!!!

    6 years ago

  • RaeGun

    RaeGun says:

    well that is an absolutely wonderful start. lets not stop bugging them for a real amendment though.

    6 years ago

  • sweetpepita

    sweetpepita says:

    Thank you!!!! Thank you so much for all your hard work!

    6 years ago

  • LuLusWoobies
  • Bittersweeets

    Bittersweeets says:

    Amazing!! Great work everyone!

    6 years ago

  • dollsforfriends

    dollsforfriends says:

    Whew! Congrats all around!

    6 years ago

  • Lirola

    Lirola says:

    Wonderful!!!

    6 years ago

  • lizcoolmompicks

    lizcoolmompicks says:

    Dancing the happy dance. One year to fix this mess is a good long time.

    6 years ago

  • dmollison

    dmollison says:

    Sigh...for now. ;)

    6 years ago

  • autumnsarrival

    autumnsarrival says:

    This is so amazing! See- we do count and our voices are heard!

    6 years ago

  • pixelperfectboutique

    pixelperfectboutique says:

    This is such great news! Hooray!!!

    6 years ago

  • SnapdragonDesign

    SnapdragonDesign says:

    Saweeeeet! Thank you Matt and Vanessa!

    6 years ago

  • chimera

    chimera says:

    Wonderful News!!!!

    6 years ago

  • PearlyGrey

    PearlyGrey says:

    Thank goodness..I have tears of joy! Literally.

    6 years ago

  • pumpkinhaus

    pumpkinhaus says:

    This is a good beginning! Lets not give up the fight too soon, there is still a whole heck of a lot to be done! A year goes by sooooo fast! Whee!

    6 years ago

  • Momyzmunymakerz

    Momyzmunymakerz says:

    well, breathing room....

    6 years ago

  • soule

    soule says:

    Congratulations everyone!

    6 years ago

  • kingofmythrone

    kingofmythrone says:

    I am giving thanks! THANKS! THANKS! and more THHHHHAAAANNNKKKKKKSSSSSSSS!!!! YES!

    6 years ago

  • GumballGrenade

    GumballGrenade says:

    Hoooooray!

    6 years ago

  • KiraArts

    KiraArts says:

    I am sitting at a craft show right now as I've read this breaking news...one that I thought would have to be one of my last. I am so thrilled to hear this news! A year should be plenty for them to realize how ludicrous this law was, and to amend, rewrite, or repeal it!

    6 years ago

  • jenstitches

    jenstitches says:

    I am thrilled to hear about this! This news made my evening. Thank you for posting it for us :)

    6 years ago

  • MiChiMa

    MiChiMa says:

    hip hip hooooorayyy!

    6 years ago

  • tadpolecreations

    tadpolecreations says:

    Fantastic news!

    6 years ago

  • NannysDesigns

    NannysDesigns says:

    Thanks so much for your hard labor.

    6 years ago

  • DaisyChains

    DaisyChains says:

    I needed this today, I truly did. It's been an awful week. Thank you for keeping us updated.

    6 years ago

  • moondogfarm

    moondogfarm says:

    so, so, so happy to hear this news...

    6 years ago

  • heretothere

    heretothere says:

    cool beans! such a relief to hear this :)

    6 years ago

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink says:

    Rock on! Hooray to all the movers and the shakers, the crafters and the makers...and keep it up! it ain't over till it's over baby.....

    6 years ago

  • sweetsmilesbaby

    sweetsmilesbaby says:

    Blessings! Yayyyy!

    6 years ago

  • buzzhandmade

    buzzhandmade says:

    this is such great news for everyone! Strong work! We are all so lucky to still have these amazing products available for our children.

    6 years ago

  • SpunOutOriginals

    SpunOutOriginals says:

    Thanks for the great new and all your hard work. xxx P

    6 years ago

  • bambolettadolls

    bambolettadolls says:

    Yipeee!! Thanks to everyone for everything they've done! (thanks for using my doll in related items too - yeah!)

    6 years ago

  • LBsSewingSanity

    LBsSewingSanity says:

    Thank you for providing us with the tools needed for our voices to be heard! We can exhale now...for a short period anyways!

    6 years ago

  • aprilfoss

    aprilfoss says:

    That is really great news!!!

    6 years ago

  • twoUDalumsinlove

    twoUDalumsinlove says:

    Great News!!! Hopefully they really think about the implementation of the new law so that it doesn't harm independent craftspeople and artisans.

    6 years ago

  • LilPeasandCarrots

    LilPeasandCarrots says:

    This so exciting!!!!! :)

    6 years ago

  • rifferaff

    rifferaff says:

    yay! this is great!

    6 years ago

  • MissFiKingdom

    MissFiKingdom says:

    This is really good news. I hope that there is a solution for small business owners and children. We want to make the world a safer place for our kids but the laws as written would have hurt small businesses. I hope that everyone is a little more aware of all the components that they use... I know I will be.

    6 years ago

  • tscrapper

    tscrapper says:

    Woo hoo! Great news!

    6 years ago

  • SweetLollipopShop

    SweetLollipopShop says:

    It's about time they started to obtain some common sense, this is good news.

    6 years ago

  • esdesigns

    esdesigns says:

    i like how the pictures of the kids on this series started to look less depressed- and now this one!

    6 years ago

  • paola72

    paola72 says:

    great, greeeeeaaaat, GREEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAATTTTTTTTTT!!!! =0D ;D :]

    6 years ago

  • dgorenflo

    dgorenflo says:

    Although this is great news and shows progress that the grassroots efforts are working toward a reform.. the Stay does not relieve you. --------- Below are quoted comments from Nancy Nord, CPSC Commissioner: "It is important to clearly understand what the stay does and does not do. The stay of enforcement of the testing and certification provisions will give some temporary and limited relief to small manufacturers, home-based businesses and crafters who cannot comply with the law without incurring substantial testing costs. However, the stay does not relieve them of complying with the underlying requirements enacted by Congress and which go into effect on February 10, 2009, dealing with lead, phthalates and a number of other toy standards. Any changes to these requirements will need to be addressed by Congress. The stay of enforcement does not provide relief for the charities, thrift shops, resellers and small retailers who are impacted especially hard by the retroactive effect of the lead ban to existing inventory. While these groups do not have a legal requirement to test their inventory, they must meet all standards enacted by Congress. Thrift shops, charities and other sellers will have to decide whether they will continue to sell children’s clothing and other products that have not been tested, even though no one has suggested that they are unsafe. The retroactive nature of the lead ban has caused much of the concern that has been voiced over this law but Congress will need to address that issue; the CPSC cannot." ------------- As you can see we are not off the hook, the stay is only saying they are not going to enforce it right now and allow more time for them to address the concerns, rule on exemptions and put into place testing protocols. Plus the Stay gives the CPSC time to work on other issues that they are having to deal with each day, such as the recent crib reall. In essence the Stay is giving them a break to not have to deal with enforcing it right now. It's not relieving us of the original intention of the law. In fact it references back to the same clarification they released Jan 8, which said thrift shops and resellers don't have to test, but you're also not suppose to sell inventory that is not compliant. It does not relieve businesses s from complying with the requirements (such as making sure your inventory is compliant and the finished product you sell is compliant) enacted by Congress that start Feb. 10th. Changes to those requirements have to be fixed by Congress not her department. Commissioner Nord has just bought some time for herself and her department in dealing with the issues. She's basically asking for more help, funds etc. Once she is awarded that I'm sure the law will be enforced just as it had originally be set forth. Please don't think this has gotten everyone off the hook. The law still has to be "reformed" and efforts still need to be made in that direction.

    6 years ago

  • PJsGiftnDesignCloset

    PJsGiftnDesignCloset says:

    Great NEWS.. keep the small businesses going and the great handmade items coming. I was just starting my shop here,so now I can go back to working on it. (I had put everything on hold). LOL

    6 years ago

  • banished

    banished says:

    Bullet dodged! whew that was a close one, a weight has been lifted off my chest. wow, america kinda feels like america again :) Ok Etsy lets fix the economy and get out of this recession..It was worth a try.

    6 years ago

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin says:

    Great News!

    6 years ago

  • xoxotova

    xoxotova says:

    xoxo's everyone for all your hard work.. dont stop now!!

    6 years ago

  • hullabalooboutique

    hullabalooboutique says:

    This is due to all of the sweat and tears so many of us have put into having our voices heard! We all deserve a BIG PAT ON THE BACK!! I suddenly feel inspired to start working again! YAY!! And, thank you dgorenflo, for your well thought out comment!

    6 years ago

  • discomedusa

    discomedusa says:

    fantastic!

    6 years ago

  • partybots

    partybots says:

    I feel like I can breathe again - was worrying so much about this and the overall impact of it on small business like mine and everyone here.

    6 years ago

  • LittlePeanutShop

    LittlePeanutShop says:

    Woot! This is wonderful news!

    6 years ago

  • threeredtrees

    threeredtrees says:

    If there's anything all of this did (other than give me an ulcer), it made me more committed than EVER to buying handmade. My daughter's 2nd birthday is on February 10 (of all days) and I have only bought handmade things from etsy for her special day. Planning to do that from now on, for everyone. Always.

    6 years ago

  • LesTissusBows

    LesTissusBows says:

    Thank you to everyone who has worked, blogged, called, written and emailed about this! *breathes a sigh of relief* I put my life on hold because of this, I feel inspired again to begin creating the things I love to make~ I will not give up on following through, it's not completely over, but there has been a cease fire, thank goodness!

    6 years ago

  • polkadotdreams

    polkadotdreams says:

    This is such great news! It's inspiring to see what people can do when they all work together toward a common goal.

    6 years ago

  • tinygreenapples

    tinygreenapples says:

    ;) Thanks!!!

    6 years ago

  • sweetberrybaby

    sweetberrybaby says:

    That is the greatest thing I've heard all day!!! :) Thank you for the wonderful news!

    6 years ago

  • amysplainjane

    amysplainjane says:

    Such a wonderful relief!!!!Thank you!

    6 years ago

  • chatnoirstudios

    chatnoirstudios says:

    We just need to keep an eye on what or if any new amendments are really forthcoming. The horizontally challenged lady hasn't hit her last note yet.

    6 years ago

  • WeKnitForYou

    WeKnitForYou says:

    That's just SUPER!!!! Knit on!!!

    6 years ago

  • SugarVillage

    SugarVillage says:

    Woot woot!

    6 years ago

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro says:

    Tears of joy!

    6 years ago

  • rabbithorns

    rabbithorns says:

    Well, I wouldn't want to say I told you so....but I told you so....

    6 years ago

  • SkylarsCandyClips

    SkylarsCandyClips says:

    yippee - i'm doing cartwheels!!!

    6 years ago

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads says:

    Whoo-hoo!

    6 years ago

  • perryjayne

    perryjayne says:

    Hip, Hip, Hooray!!

    6 years ago

  • thepatacakebaby

    thepatacakebaby says:

    Thank goodness! Someone finally came to their senses! Let's celebrate!!!

    6 years ago

  • scrapnplay

    scrapnplay says:

    that is great news!

    6 years ago

  • moonstr

    moonstr says:

    can i pinch myself?

    6 years ago

  • GingerlouiseClothing

    GingerlouiseClothing says:

    Thanks for featuring me!!!

    6 years ago

  • lovestitches

    lovestitches says:

    thats awesome!

    6 years ago

  • TheHouseOfMouse

    TheHouseOfMouse says:

    wonderful news!!

    6 years ago

  • babymomo

    babymomo says:

    that's great news!!!

    6 years ago

  • sygnetcreations

    sygnetcreations says:

    Keep working.. it is not over yet!! I am excited to hear they have heard us and we will continue to be heard!!

    6 years ago

  • aysetugrul

    aysetugrul says:

    yay!

    6 years ago

  • bearcountryuk

    bearcountryuk says:

    Great news.

    6 years ago

  • glamasaurus

    glamasaurus says:

    Yay! Good job everyone!

    6 years ago

  • shulamite

    shulamite says:

    Awesome news <3

    6 years ago

  • scire4

    scire4 says:

    Yahoo!

    6 years ago

  • UrbanPrincess

    UrbanPrincess says:

    That's Awesome!

    6 years ago

  • thecountrycellar

    thecountrycellar says:

    Many relieved people. Now we need to stay on this for NEXT year.

    6 years ago

  • mcmdesigns

    mcmdesigns says:

    THANK YOU!!!This is wonderful news! I had just opened my new shop MariBabies and was afraid I was going to have to shut down before I could really get it going-- but for now,MariBabies and thousands of others can continue!!

    6 years ago

  • HandKnitHugs

    HandKnitHugs says:

    Yipee!!! Congrats everyone!

    6 years ago

  • SalvagedExpression

    SalvagedExpression says:

    Woo hoo! Now I can actually go ahead and make things!

    6 years ago

  • vivikas

    vivikas says:

    I know it's not over yet, but that's great news!!!

    6 years ago

  • LunasBaublebilities

    LunasBaublebilities says:

    Yay! Grassroots works again! This will give crafters plenty of time to have a dialogue with their representatives about this issue. Let's not become complacent. :)

    6 years ago

  • sweetbabyjamie

    sweetbabyjamie says:

    Whoo Hoo!!! It's nice to know our voice is being heard, we need to keep talking!!

    6 years ago

  • CalliopeCouture

    CalliopeCouture says:

    whew...don't know whether to head out to the studio or take the day off!!! what a relief!! thank you thank you!!

    6 years ago

  • birchleafdesigns

    birchleafdesigns says:

    excellent!

    6 years ago

  • lorilooms

    lorilooms says:

    YAH! I can start making baby hats again!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • elizabethjennings

    elizabethjennings says:

    Thank goodness. But we still have a lot of work to do! Keep sending those letters and emails!

    6 years ago

  • beyondtherockz

    beyondtherockz says:

    Wonderful news!

    6 years ago

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven says:

    Yay!!!! I'm so happy, I could cry!

    6 years ago

  • Lumpkin

    Lumpkin says:

    hot diggity!

    6 years ago

  • crazyforhue

    crazyforhue says:

    Fabulous!

    6 years ago

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs says:

    Happy!

    6 years ago

  • purplemistydawn

    purplemistydawn says:

    This is great news. Thanks for updating us.......

    6 years ago

  • rachelmaydesigns

    rachelmaydesigns says:

    That's wonderful news. Rachel May

    6 years ago

  • delishdesign

    delishdesign says:

    woo hoo!

    6 years ago

  • monkeyseeboutique

    monkeyseeboutique says:

    I am THRILLED! It is going to be a GREAT day and YEAR! Thanks everyone for the hard work! =)))))

    6 years ago

  • mcarangi

    mcarangi says:

    That is such AMAZING news!!

    6 years ago

  • dreamitloveit

    dreamitloveit says:

    I just read this, yeah cuz I was dreaming up new cute stuff last night...Yippee for Now, lets keep our Voice out there and make sure that by Feb 10, 2010 they have figured out a way to keep us working going forward. Kudos to everyone who voted!

    6 years ago

  • onemadpug

    onemadpug says:

    Thank GOD! NOW FOR THE NEXT 365 Days we need to pull forward to unite and keep having our voices heard!

    6 years ago

  • BossysFeltworks

    BossysFeltworks says:

    Thank goodness! A bit of sanity has entered the proceedings and now efforts can be focused on the real work of the day- how to keep kids safe AND keep us all in business. Please keep fighting everyone! We need component testing. Keep demanding it. We need natural materials exemptions. Keep demanding them. Keep up and keep at the CPSC!

    6 years ago

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite says:

    Fantastic news!

    6 years ago

  • 6060

    6060 says:

    Fabulous!

    6 years ago

  • micsnick

    micsnick says:

    Woo Hoo! We now have a breather. I had put everything on hold because of the Feb. 09 deadline. I agree with Bossysfeltworks, we need to keep demanding the CPSC puts an exemption on natural material used on/in the making our handmade items.

    6 years ago

  • cthings

    cthings says:

    Wonderful news!! Hopefully they can come up with something alot better then what was proposed!

    6 years ago

  • customcreative

    customcreative says:

    I don't sell children's items, but the law seemed oppressive. I am so happy and proud of all you! Congrats and NEVER SAY DIE!!!

    6 years ago

  • moonstr

    moonstr says:

    im still pinching myself. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

    6 years ago

  • Bellahope

    Bellahope says:

    Congrats to all for having your voice heard!! Way to go Etsians!

    6 years ago

  • LadybugLimited

    LadybugLimited says:

    Awesome news! Thanks so much for this! I've posted it on my blog to spread the word :)

    6 years ago

  • therainbowroom

    therainbowroom says:

    HOOOORRAAAYYYY i am glad the world has not gone totally mad after all!!

    6 years ago

  • princessdoodlebeans

    princessdoodlebeans says:

    WAHOO!! I gotta say it again. WAHOO!! Let's hear it for all the hard working crafters with big voices and spirit.

    6 years ago

  • artistscs28

    artistscs28 says:

    I am in tears. So happy!

    6 years ago

  • LisasLittleCreations

    LisasLittleCreations says:

    Awesome news. Way to go everyone. :)

    6 years ago

  • havilahashby

    havilahashby says:

    Yaaaaay!! lol...I am seriously ECSTATIC right now!! Back to work on my spring line! It will be up Feb. 10th so come check it outthen!! Congrats to all of you who have been persistent and worked hard to help come to this result with the CPSIA!! Temporary solution, I know...but for now we are in business. Lets keep working this year to have amendments made so we can continue to sell one of a kind, beautiful handmade children's items! :)

    6 years ago

  • newtslanding

    newtslanding says:

    What a relief!!!

    6 years ago

  • tiffanyrenfrow

    tiffanyrenfrow says:

    AWESOME!!!!

    6 years ago

  • polkadotpapoose

    polkadotpapoose says:

    Phew! I am so elated!!

    6 years ago

  • LuckyBunnyLampwork

    LuckyBunnyLampwork says:

    Thank goodness! :)

    6 years ago

  • theweebeasties

    theweebeasties says:

    Hooray! It took me almost two years to get ready to open my shop, and I couldn't bear the thought that it might be for naught. Thanks everyone for speaking up and fighting for hand made!

    6 years ago

  • PuppyKissPortraits

    PuppyKissPortraits says:

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news!!

    6 years ago

  • cravejewelrydesign

    cravejewelrydesign says:

    This is GREAT!!!

    6 years ago

  • MGMart

    MGMart says:

    Thanks for the news :)

    6 years ago

  • aPassionForFashion
  • Zooguu

    Zooguu says:

    Glad I'm getting my products XRF tested so that I can be sure of compliance, but man, I'm breathing a sigh of relief that they won't be enforcing the certificate and third party testing requirement for a year. There's still time for our voice to be heard and for the law to amended. Let's make products safe for children AND ensure that handmade can still exist. Thanks for the updates, and for fighting for us!

    6 years ago

  • MyDearest

    MyDearest says:

    oh, what happy news!!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove says:

    THIS IS WHAT CAN BE DONE WHEN PEOPLE BAND TOGETHER AND TAKE ACTION!! CONGRATULATIONS, BUT PLEASE KEEP YOUR TOYS SAFE FOR OUR KIDS.

    6 years ago

  • SustainableStitches

    SustainableStitches says:

    This is great news! Hopefully in the next year we'll come up with a compomise for handmade products, or an easier way to test those products.

    6 years ago

  • annemadeart

    annemadeart says:

    great news!!

    6 years ago

  • behjat

    behjat says:

    I am soooo happy..what a relief...few!

    6 years ago

  • Lollygagbaby

    Lollygagbaby says:

    I can't believe it!!!! Awsome!!

    6 years ago

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 says:

    I'm so happy about this. This is great news we all needed

    6 years ago

  • RMDCreations

    RMDCreations says:

    AWSOME!!!!

    6 years ago

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign says:

    This is great news - but a year passes quickly - so let's rejoice now, but get ready for anything else that they may throw at us. This was a big wake up call for all of us - lets keep up the good work - thanks to everyone here at etsy and elsewhere - sellers, buyers and admin who made our voices heard. Lets keep it up and make these laws 'our' laws - not laws imposed on us. Congrats for this first step!!!

    6 years ago

  • PenStrokes

    PenStrokes says:

    Woohoo! And yes, stay on this and make sure they know we're still wanting a favorable resolution!

    6 years ago

  • littlesapling

    littlesapling says:

    Hooray! Sigh of relief . . . As a side question though, does anybody know how to determine if zippers, buttons and other fasteners are lead free? I suppose I could call the manufacturers.

    6 years ago

  • chalkydoodles

    chalkydoodles says:

    Hip, Hip, Hooray! And thanks, to Cecilia (aka Paperdreams) for your hard work on this, by the way!

    6 years ago

  • art2theextreme

    art2theextreme says:

    YAY!!!!!!!!!! That is such great news!!!!!!!!!! Thank you to everyone for all of your hard work! It is paying off!

    6 years ago

  • bluesaphire

    bluesaphire says:

    * happy bunny dances* yeehaw!! its a good sign friends but we just need to keep pushing! *prays + *

    6 years ago

  • EliseBoutique

    EliseBoutique says:

    WAHOOO!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • tadasana

    tadasana says:

    FANTASTIC news! Save handmade!

    6 years ago

  • waxandwool

    waxandwool says:

    This is amazing news! Hopefully some well thought out measures will be considered in the coming year.

    6 years ago

  • LeakyMouth

    LeakyMouth says:

    At least we have more time...

    6 years ago

  • europexlights

    europexlights says:

    wooooohooooooooo now i can sell my onesies. lol.

    6 years ago

  • hellokiddo

    hellokiddo says:

    What fabulous news!! But I'm unaware as to what I can do! Can someone please share?!

    6 years ago

  • Pwackets

    Pwackets says:

    I was so disappointed when first reading about this - especially since I had just opened my shop. What a relief for handmade artisans and their buyers - everywhere! Thank you for keeping us informed and working so hard.

    6 years ago

  • thepolkadottotspot

    thepolkadottotspot says:

    What a relief! Thank you to ALL of you who have put so much effort into stopping this! I would hug you all if I could!! ((((((HUGS))))))

    6 years ago

  • viltalakim

    viltalakim says:

    Great news! I also put my shop a bit on hold, but now I can go and fill it up with wet- felted stuff again!

    6 years ago

  • LittleMonkeyPouches

    LittleMonkeyPouches says:

    Best news I've heard in a long time!!!

    6 years ago

  • melkidlet

    melkidlet says:

    This "stay" is nothing but political tap-dancing and yet another example of the government talking out of both sides of their mouth. We gained nothing with this stay. Under the CPSIA, the state attorneys general can still pursue manufacturers and retailers for products which are not compliant with the Feb. 10 lead and phthalates standards. If you don't test, then how do you assure compliance? Also, if you sell to retailers, they are still going to ask for proof of compliance in the form of testing reports and/or certificates of compliance so they limit the legal liability of their inventory. So the fact that the CPSC has granted a stay for testing and certificates is moot. Back to the drawing board, folks....

    6 years ago

  • SweetPeasGarden

    SweetPeasGarden says:

    Wow, I had no idea this was going on. How scary...this could effectively wipe out child-oriented small businesses. There has got to be a better way to keep kids safe!

    6 years ago

  • ForTheLoveBoutique

    ForTheLoveBoutique says:

    Great News!! Thanks for keeping us all posted! I am sooo excited to move forward and adddddd MORE!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • SewCreativeBySara

    SewCreativeBySara says:

    Fantastic news!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice says:

    wonderful, congratulations!

    6 years ago

  • KimFelsen

    KimFelsen says:

    This is good for now, and I am breathing a sigh of relief for a while. Hopefully within this year we can get it all worked out for HANDMADE GOOD!

    6 years ago

  • wainbowmudd

    wainbowmudd says:

    Great! But lets keep fighting!

    6 years ago

  • candlemamma

    candlemamma says:

    This is wonderful news! Unfortunatly the smaller individual and/or small buisness owners who sell handmade items aren't out of the woods yet. The larger businesses still want it all. I just hope and pray for the best. Hopefully common sense will win.

    6 years ago

  • cindyjoy

    cindyjoy says:

    The stay is wonderful news, but we still need to push forward with getting things into the rules that will allow us to comply with testing requirements and keeping our products safe for children. The most obvious course would be to get certification from the people we buy supplies from and not have to test everything all over again. Here's hoping reasonable rules will be put in place.

    6 years ago

  • monpetitviolon

    monpetitviolon says:

    Great news! Even if I am in Europe I am happy for all US sellers who are making great things for babies and who don't need to close their shops! :-)))

    6 years ago

  • candlemamma

    candlemamma says:

    This is a wonderful opportuniy to go forward. This is America :) Best Wishes to all.

    6 years ago

  • candlemamma

    candlemamma says:

    That cover picture was adorable. :)

    6 years ago

  • creativecomforts07

    creativecomforts07 says:

    I am so glad that we made our selves known and that they listened to us! I just have one question? WHat about yarns & fabric? They never gave us answeres on them!

    6 years ago

  • littledebrarae

    littledebrarae says:

    The bullet has been 'dodged' for 'now'. But what do the home crafters/small business/ and artists do a year from now? The problem here is not 'when' the law takes affect. The problem is that the law needs to be AMENDED NOW so that small businesses/crafters etc... won't go bankrupt when this FARCE of a LAW goes into effect! I agree with cindyjoy that we need to move now to be in 'compliance' with the law. BUt as long as we must still send our things to third party's in order to test (costing $500 to $4000 PER ITEM), there will be more and more people wrongly being forced into bankruptcy! In short, NOTHING has changed! And in order for US to be in COMPLIANCE things need to. I still say it's WRONG to have to test a MUSLIN doll, including muslin clothes (dyed with onion skins) for LEAD and PHYLANTES, and the same goes for the PLAIN white TEE SHIRTS.

    6 years ago

  • littledebrarae

    littledebrarae says:

    creativecomforts07, yarns and fabric must indeed be tested. THat's why the thrifts stores, and resale shops are also up in arms about this.

    6 years ago

  • slippedstitchstudios
  • dreamspiralart

    dreamspiralart says:

    That's fantastic news!

    6 years ago

  • yarncoture

    yarncoture says:

    Awesome news!!! Hopefully we will hear some more in-depth information on yarns and fabrics as well!

    6 years ago

  • piprobins

    piprobins says:

    I'm so thrilled!!

    6 years ago

  • gomonkeydesign

    gomonkeydesign says:

    Yippee!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • ButterflyGem

    ButterflyGem says:

    UGH breath......a huge sigh of joy,tears emotions! Still a huge battle but boy its surely better than what we were facing thank you so so so much matt and vanessa you guys are rock stars in your own right...you have no idea how bad this could have been for all of us in an already strained economy :( Lots of hueg hugs! ALicia

    6 years ago

  • Michelle0123

    Michelle0123 says:

    Hi! As a huge supporter, buyer and seller of children's hand-crafted goods, I am happy to hear about the 1 year stay of execution. HOWEVER.... We are still required to COMPLY by February 10th as indicated by a poster on January 30th (see above). I have spent weeks trying to make heads or tails of the CPSIA regulation - reviewing official CPSA sites, whitepapers, legal documents, contacting 3rd party lab experts, speaking with fellow designers and attorneys. As frustrating as it is, I believe I'm almost there! The last big hurdle has been to craft and provide the required General Certificate of Conformity "GCC". There is little guidance AND NO samples out there!!! I found only one site that provides a very good illustration of one that I am happy to share: www.certificateofconformity.net I've been able to download this sample and adjust it with success to my own goods. Just wanted to share! Good Luck.

    6 years ago

  • MonkeyNamedMoo

    MonkeyNamedMoo says:

    Super!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 says:

    finally ...good news

    6 years ago

  • RainbowKidsDecor

    RainbowKidsDecor says:

    I am so happy i can now keep on craftin thank you !

    6 years ago

  • Serenities

    Serenities says:

    I'm doing a *Happy Danc* for all!!!! Whoo Hoo!!

    6 years ago

  • Serenities

    Serenities says:

    The above is dance!! LOL!

    6 years ago

  • BritmericaLane

    BritmericaLane says:

    This IS good new. I have been hesitant to craft toys, dolls etc. As I only knit and crochet, there is no way any of these items would contain lead, etc. I understand the lead in paint thing, but, it is hard to find out, but does this apply to this type of craft? (knitting or crochet). I know of one other person who no longer makes knitted or crocheted toys due to this.

    6 years ago

  • karenkrafts

    karenkrafts says:

    Fantastic news! Thank you for updating us through all this! Crossing my fingers that they fix it all within the year! (:

    6 years ago

  • BritmericaLane

    BritmericaLane says:

    'News' - spellng mistake in previous comment. 'This is good news'

    6 years ago

  • nestingforbaby

    nestingforbaby says:

    Such wonderful news!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • SycamoreMoonStudios

    SycamoreMoonStudios says:

    Hallelujah! Thanks for keeping us all up to date.

    6 years ago

  • mariasfavorites

    mariasfavorites says:

    Wonderful news!!!

    6 years ago

  • Babiezbling

    Babiezbling says:

    What a relief!

    6 years ago

  • designlab443

    designlab443 says:

    YES!!!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • beefancee

    beefancee says:

    I am so pleased, I want to share a paragraph of a letter I sent to a friend (an Old neighbor), who is now a senator; You know many schools and churches use craft shows to raise money. With the CPSIA safety act looming these shows will decrease by at least half, cutting back on income for our schools and churches, if you expand even broader, the Grand Rapids festivals will be hurting too, causing less revenue to evolve, this will only add to the spiraling downfall of the economy. I love handcrafting not just to help survive, but to also fulfill a dream of providing handmade items to people who understand the love that goes into every item made, crafting is a way of life for many, it is to us, what government is to you. Thanks!

    6 years ago

  • kittybblove

    kittybblove says:

    Yes, CPSIA, take a *nice long* breather and think about it before the next step... :}

    6 years ago

  • pinkhouse

    pinkhouse says:

    Wahoooo!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • Wysiwigs

    Wysiwigs says:

    WOO-HOO! Always happy to chalk one up for the "good guys" (mostly 'cause it never happens :o)

    6 years ago

  • LyrehcKidz

    LyrehcKidz says:

    I am so glad that February 10th is my birthday, what a present for a 60th Birthday!!! YEAH!

    6 years ago

  • KaysKitchen

    KaysKitchen says:

    A SUPER hooray for all the hard work! Now here's hoping that better decisions are made along the way.. lets not forget and freak in a year!!

    6 years ago

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna says:

    Sheeeeeeeeeeeeeh. Thank goodness. I think that the CPSB really didn't think this whole thing through and I am SO glad to see that they are going to allow themselves the chance to now do so. Awesome!

    6 years ago

  • AllAboutKendra

    AllAboutKendra says:

    Oh I'm so glad that I don't have to put my crochet hook down. I just hated the thought of my little guys not making someone smile. Great News!!!!!!

    6 years ago

  • wiiildfire

    wiiildfire says:

    From a mom's standpoint I don't think that it's good news at all that products I buy for my child may or may not have lead, "who knows?" because no one's being held accountable for it. I'm unpopular I'm sure but I don't think a little profit takes precedence over the safety of our kids (and I wouldn't be too crazy about getting lead poisoning either). Our goverment failing us again. NOT doing ANYthing doesn't fix things.

    6 years ago

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa says:

    wiiildfire, I agree with you that protecting children is of utmost importance. But I also think that there is a difference between a huge factory in China paying for certification and testing vs a one-woman (or man) shop who is crocheting or making handmade toys, etc. Etsy is trying to get the voices of those micro-businesses heard. We are hoping that there will be an end result that protects children and also takes a realistic stance with regards to small businesses.

    6 years ago

  • wiiildfire

    wiiildfire says:

    So many scenarios in a business like this. Think about it: Panamacitymamma1313 likes to make jewelry from "found" pieces. Recycling is chic right? Only her found pieces include junkyard pickups from the last hurricane, perhaps some lead infused piping from old buildings. She doesn't know. Neither does granny who loved the charm bracelett. Neither did grandson who chewed the charm bracelett and got lead poisoning. This stuff happens all the time, that's why moms like me pushed for these laws. I'm sorry but this isn't the middle ages where we just hope our kids will survive to adulthood and if they don't it must be the black magic.

    6 years ago

  • wiiildfire

    wiiildfire says:

    I'm not trying to be mean. I'm not the enemy. I heart work-from-home crafters too. But when so much of it comes from things like recycling items that may or may not have been recalled (I have 125 recall emails from the CPSC in the last year and half, including a lot of children's clothing and such for lead in the decals), the question is who is going to be responsible?

    6 years ago

  • bijougirldesigns

    bijougirldesigns says:

    That is great news. I love to buy handmade for my kids.

    6 years ago

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  • EnchantingBeautiful

    EnchantingBeautiful says:

    thanks for the update!

    6 years ago

  • djschusta

    djschusta says:

    Hi all! This is great news. I just wanted to make sure you were all aware that Ron Paul was the only representative in the House to vote against the original bill calling for these ridiculous testing burdens on small businesses for this very reason. This is great news for us too as we cherish small business here in the US! Let's hope they repeal this law completely! If you are more interested in how we are trying to protect people like you, check out www.campaignforliberty.com

    6 years ago

  • sleekbabychic

    sleekbabychic says:

    This is great news for all American manufacturers of children's goods. It seems that US small businesses should not be penalized for something that stemmed from overseas imports...why not try to put stricter guidelines on the import process? And if they are going to require testing of children's goods, I am surprised legislators are not trying to go a step further...my son likes to chew on picture frames, and anything else he can get his little 13 month hands on- these wouldn't be tested under the law. Nursing babies spend half their time on their mother's chest, why not test mother's clothing too? See my point...there has to be a limit to this type of legislation, they can't just make it so broad and general. It isn't fair to punish US small businesses who are just trying to make a way in the world! www.sleekbabychic.com

    6 years ago

  • ChocolateLulu

    ChocolateLulu says:

    Thank you to everyone for your hard work and the gift of time -- to keep working at our craft -- and time to keep working to make this outcome a positive for all!

    6 years ago

  • teddystartedit

    teddystartedit says:

    Yeah hooray!!! And an extra hooray for seeing that our voices really do count!

    6 years ago

  • ccooperdesigns

    ccooperdesigns says:

    great news! Now I can get my line of clothes for toddlers up in my shop. Our hard work has payed off, but we need to stay on it and make sure that our products are safe for children, especially those things that are most likely to go in childrens mouths. Thank you all for the hard work!

    6 years ago

  • MarjorieDade

    MarjorieDade says:

    WOW! Thanks so much for the good news. I feel like we all dodged a missle- at least for now. Please keep us informed on how we can help to shape fair legislation for everyone concerned.

    6 years ago

  • flowerpatchboutique

    flowerpatchboutique says:

    YEAH!!! Great news! I love buying homemade items for my little girls! It's a treasure!

    6 years ago

  • littledebrarae

    littledebrarae says:

    Wildfire, no one is saying that children should not be PROTECTED. We are saying that having to test madagascar raffia, pine needles, muslin, wood, 100% cotten, and of course naturally dyed fabrics (that have been dyed with onion skins of all things) is nothing more than OVER regulation. And for you to say it's only a 'small' loss (or a small inconvenience) to have to test each item individually, is the understatement of the YEAR. The fact is that it will cost between $500 and $4000 per item to be in compliance with the law. Oh and that does NOT include the shipping and handling of the items to have them sent to the 'approved' testing facility. For many of US, that's no slight monetary loss. That is BANKRUPTCY! And just because it doesn't affect SOME PEOPLE, doesn't make it RIGHT!

    6 years ago

  • JulsFantasyFlowers

    JulsFantasyFlowers says:

    I agree with " littledebrarae", it is gross Over regulation. Also who will be overseeing the testing of all the foreign junk from China which is the bulk of the consumer concern in the first place. I used to own a paint store and I can tell you that lead based paint has not been manufactured in the USA for Many Many years. This would definately not be a good thing for an already struggling USA economy. Everyone needs to continue to write and email their legislators and let them know what an incredible business killer this bill would be if allowed to pass. Not to mention the cost it would pass on to the consumer.

    6 years ago

  • shayshay

    shayshay says:

    Yeahhhhhhhhh.

    6 years ago

  • SarahLamont

    SarahLamont says:

    wonderful news. hard works pays off... congrats to us!

    6 years ago

  • JerrysCreations

    JerrysCreations says:

    great news. all your hard work paid off.

    6 years ago

  • VisualConcepts

    VisualConcepts says:

    Yippee! That is very exciting news.

    6 years ago

  • FunBows

    FunBows says:

    This is awesome news, but It's so odd because on the 5th of this month a huge article about this law going INTO effect on the original date came out in our city newspaper !!

    6 years ago

  • theaxx

    theaxx says:

    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! thea. xx

    6 years ago

  • orangerhinokids

    orangerhinokids says:

    Thanks to everyone who signed the petition and contacted their representatives to make this happen - democracy in action

    6 years ago

  • aSummertimeShop

    aSummertimeShop says:

    Thats great news!!!! Now excuse me I have to go make some stuffed animals.

    6 years ago

  • Tina669

    Tina669 says:

    thanks for the update!

    5 years ago

  • chinaelectronics

    chinaelectronics says:

    wonderful news.

    5 years ago

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