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

Jan 30, 2009

by Vanessa Bertozzi

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

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.

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338 comments

  • LaveMeSoapCo

    LaveMeSoapCo said 7 years ago

    yea!

  • PlaskDesign

    PlaskDesign said 7 years ago

    Now that is great news!

  • Ryanplz

    Ryanplz said 7 years ago

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

  • meghandesigns

    meghandesigns said 7 years ago

    yay!!

  • cinnamonsticks

    cinnamonsticks said 7 years ago

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

  • MomNMiaQuilts

    MomNMiaQuilts said 7 years ago

    HURRAY! Way to go everyone!

  • prettylittle

    prettylittle said 7 years ago

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

  • SweetPeaandCo

    SweetPeaandCo said 7 years ago

    YEAH!!!!!

  • EllaBearBowtique

    EllaBearBowtique said 7 years ago

    Beyond awsome!

  • cozycottagecreations

    cozycottagecreations said 7 years ago

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

  • monamivie

    monamivie said 7 years ago

    Awesome! Very good news for all :)

  • kunklebaby

    kunklebaby said 7 years ago

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

  • RedBessBonney

    RedBessBonney said 7 years ago

    great news!

  • SunshineandRavioli

    SunshineandRavioli said 7 years ago

    Wonderful News!

  • MyissaG

    MyissaG said 7 years ago

    YAY!!!

  • autumnslings

    autumnslings said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the update!

  • RockerByeBaby

    RockerByeBaby said 7 years ago

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

  • BizzieLizzie

    BizzieLizzie said 7 years ago

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

  • PoPkO

    PoPkO said 7 years ago

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

  • bubbletime

    bubbletime said 7 years ago

    Snoopy dance!!

  • kaylah7

    kaylah7 said 7 years ago

    woot woot!!!

  • chestnutfarmer

    chestnutfarmer said 7 years ago

    Thank you!!!!!

  • blockpartypress

    blockpartypress said 7 years ago

    Wonderful news!

  • DancingMooney

    DancingMooney said 7 years ago

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

  • ShelleAnne

    ShelleAnne said 7 years ago

    Fabulous! Glad I wrote letters!

  • charlieandsarah

    charlieandsarah said 7 years ago

    That is fantastic! Thank you for the good news.

  • WrenWillow

    WrenWillow said 7 years ago

    awesome!!!!!!!

  • roscata

    roscata said 7 years ago

    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.

  • catrocks

    catrocks said 7 years ago

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

  • erinkeys

    erinkeys said 7 years ago

    That is wonderful news!

  • expressyourself

    expressyourself said 7 years ago

    Great news!

  • GoldtoneDesigns

    GoldtoneDesigns said 7 years ago

    WONDERFUL NEWS!!!!!!

  • dottyral

    dottyral said 7 years ago

    Amazingly wonderful news!

  • threeredtrees

    threeredtrees said 7 years ago

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

  • Eclectica

    Eclectica said 7 years ago

    Wonderful news!

  • mermaidclaire

    mermaidclaire said 7 years ago

    :D

  • GreenMamba

    GreenMamba said 7 years ago

    The best news I've heard in ages!

  • craftgasm

    craftgasm said 7 years ago

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

  • woodmouse

    woodmouse said 7 years ago

    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!

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 7 years ago

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

  • beadstylin

    beadstylin said 7 years ago

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

  • CountryDreaming

    CountryDreaming said 7 years ago

    Hurray! :-)

  • pawandclawdesigns

    pawandclawdesigns said 7 years ago

    YAY! now i can buy niece presents!

  • Winklepots

    Winklepots said 7 years ago

    YES!!! :o)

  • TroveDesigns

    TroveDesigns said 7 years ago

    Fantastic to hear!!

  • organicquiltcompany

    organicquiltcompany said 7 years ago

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

  • mamaslittlemonkeys

    mamaslittlemonkeys said 7 years ago

    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!

  • alwaysadorable

    alwaysadorable said 7 years ago

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

  • theselovinghands

    theselovinghands said 7 years ago

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

  • poppyswickedgarden

    poppyswickedgarden said 7 years ago

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

  • giftsdefine

    giftsdefine said 7 years ago

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

  • YoursTrulyxoxo

    YoursTrulyxoxo said 7 years ago

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

  • BabbidgePatch

    BabbidgePatch said 7 years ago

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

  • acequimby

    acequimby said 7 years ago

    Woohoooo! Happy dance for all! Awesome news.

  • bamdesigns

    bamdesigns said 7 years ago

    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!

  • ScoopiLoo

    ScoopiLoo said 7 years ago

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

  • MieleArte

    MieleArte said 7 years ago

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

  • bugbitesplayfood

    bugbitesplayfood said 7 years ago

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

  • friedokra

    friedokra said 7 years ago

    Wooo! Awesome news!

  • HELICOPTERstudios

    HELICOPTERstudios said 7 years ago

    SWEET!!!!!!!!

  • PsAndQs

    PsAndQs said 7 years ago

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

  • beta

    beta said 7 years ago

    Great news!!

  • SquaresOfFlair

    SquaresOfFlair said 7 years ago

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

  • BoutiqueCafe

    BoutiqueCafe said 7 years ago

    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.

  • jodieflowers

    jodieflowers said 7 years ago

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

  • ImogensGarden

    ImogensGarden said 7 years ago

    Whoooooo-hooooooooo!!!!

  • lillipopsdesigns

    lillipopsdesigns said 7 years ago

    YIPPEEE!!!!!

  • jennadesigns

    jennadesigns said 7 years ago

    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!

  • hollymoose

    hollymoose said 7 years ago

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

  • AnnieandOlive

    AnnieandOlive said 7 years ago

    Thank you Lord!!

  • bobsandbits

    bobsandbits said 7 years ago

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

  • TwoKazoos

    TwoKazoos said 7 years ago

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

  • IcingOnTheCupcake

    IcingOnTheCupcake said 7 years ago

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

  • noadi

    noadi said 7 years ago

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

  • mullishmuse

    mullishmuse said 7 years ago

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

  • julieboyles

    julieboyles said 7 years ago

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

  • theenchantedcupboard

    theenchantedcupboard said 7 years ago

    Tears of joy and the happy feet dance!

  • valeriya

    valeriya said 7 years ago

    :-D BEST NEWS EVER!!!

  • littlealouette

    littlealouette said 7 years ago

    Now this is awesome and well needed!!! xoxo

  • oktak

    oktak said 7 years ago

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

  • jadewicks

    jadewicks said 7 years ago

    Absolutely wonderful news!

  • sweetirie

    sweetirie said 7 years ago

    This is awesome! Weeeee!

  • LittleElfsToyshop

    LittleElfsToyshop said 7 years ago

    Oh this is such wonderful news! ^_^

  • PearlZenith

    PearlZenith said 7 years ago

    I just danced with joy when I saw this.

  • buddhanature

    buddhanature said 7 years ago

    Woot!

  • dollcloset

    dollcloset said 7 years ago

    YAHOO!

  • riskybeads

    riskybeads said 7 years ago

    :-) !!!!

  • owlpeople

    owlpeople said 7 years ago

    whooooooooohhooooooooooooooooo!!

  • HomeCraftedGifts

    HomeCraftedGifts said 7 years ago

    Praise God!!

  • thecleverkitty

    thecleverkitty said 7 years ago

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

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 7 years ago

    Yes We Can!

  • cheriebeadle

    cheriebeadle said 7 years ago

    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!!!

  • ByToni

    ByToni said 7 years ago

    What a Great First Step! I am happy.

  • Oh2122

    Oh2122 said 7 years ago

    Woo-hoo! Congratulations everyone!

  • craftynataliedc

    craftynataliedc said 7 years ago

    yey! this is such great news!

  • HannahsTutus

    HannahsTutus said 7 years ago

    This is great news and made my evening!!!

  • sunfleur1

    sunfleur1 said 7 years ago

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

  • MommysMonkey

    MommysMonkey said 7 years ago

    Oh Happy Happy day!!

  • thepaperflowershop

    thepaperflowershop said 7 years ago

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

  • 2kute

    2kute said 7 years ago

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

  • germandolls

    germandolls said 7 years ago

    Dankeschoen!

  • loranscruggs

    loranscruggs said 7 years ago

    Wooo Hoo!

  • MyManyMoodz

    MyManyMoodz said 7 years ago

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

  • haddy2dogs

    haddy2dogs said 7 years ago

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

  • worksandfinds

    worksandfinds said 7 years ago

    Hurrray!!!

  • stonesofhealing

    stonesofhealing said 7 years ago

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

  • cms36451

    cms36451 said 7 years ago

    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!

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 7 years ago

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

  • joeyandaleethea

    joeyandaleethea said 7 years ago

    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

  • citefuzz

    citefuzz said 7 years ago

    yay!!!

  • Mimiandlola

    Mimiandlola said 7 years ago

    Yay!

  • mclean2612

    mclean2612 said 7 years ago

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

  • holdentees

    holdentees said 7 years ago

    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!

  • EyePopArt

    EyePopArt said 7 years ago

    Fantastic!

  • staceyrebecca

    staceyrebecca said 7 years ago

    Hot Damn!

  • lowleepop

    lowleepop said 7 years ago

    yay, I can breathe again!!!

  • ohsoadorable1

    ohsoadorable1 said 7 years ago

    AWESOME

  • topknots

    topknots said 7 years ago

    Great news!

  • babymoon

    babymoon said 7 years ago

    Wow! This made my day!!!

  • RaeGun

    RaeGun said 7 years ago

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

  • sweetpepita

    sweetpepita said 7 years ago

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

  • LuLusWoobies

    LuLusWoobies said 7 years ago

    Phew!

  • Bittersweeets

    Bittersweeets said 7 years ago

    Amazing!! Great work everyone!

  • dollsforfriends

    dollsforfriends said 7 years ago

    Whew! Congrats all around!

  • Lirola

    Lirola said 7 years ago

    Wonderful!!!

  • lizcoolmompicks

    lizcoolmompicks said 7 years ago

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

  • dmollison

    dmollison said 7 years ago

    Sigh...for now. ;)

  • autumnsarrival

    autumnsarrival said 7 years ago

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

  • pixelperfectboutique

    pixelperfectboutique said 7 years ago

    This is such great news! Hooray!!!

  • SnapdragonDesign

    SnapdragonDesign said 7 years ago

    Saweeeeet! Thank you Matt and Vanessa!

  • chimera

    chimera said 7 years ago

    Wonderful News!!!!

  • PearlyGrey

    PearlyGrey said 7 years ago

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

  • pumpkinhaus

    pumpkinhaus said 7 years ago

    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!

  • Momyzmunymakerz

    Momyzmunymakerz said 7 years ago

    well, breathing room....

  • soule

    soule said 7 years ago

    Congratulations everyone!

  • kingofmythrone

    kingofmythrone said 7 years ago

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

  • GumballGrenade

    GumballGrenade said 7 years ago

    Hoooooray!

  • KiraArts

    KiraArts said 7 years ago

    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!

  • jenstitches

    jenstitches said 7 years ago

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

  • MiChiMa

    MiChiMa said 7 years ago

    hip hip hooooorayyy!

  • tadpolecreations

    tadpolecreations said 7 years ago

    Fantastic news!

  • NannysDesigns

    NannysDesigns said 7 years ago

    Thanks so much for your hard labor.

  • DaisyChains

    DaisyChains said 7 years ago

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

  • moondogfarm

    moondogfarm said 7 years ago

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

  • heretothere

    heretothere said 7 years ago

    cool beans! such a relief to hear this :)

  • redyellowandblueink

    redyellowandblueink said 7 years ago

    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.....

  • sweetsmilesbaby

    sweetsmilesbaby said 7 years ago

    Blessings! Yayyyy!

  • buzzhandmade

    buzzhandmade said 7 years ago

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

  • SpunOutOriginals

    SpunOutOriginals said 7 years ago

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

  • bambolettadolls

    bambolettadolls said 7 years ago

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

  • LBsSewingSanity

    LBsSewingSanity said 7 years ago

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

  • aprilfoss

    aprilfoss said 7 years ago

    That is really great news!!!

  • twoUDalumsinlove

    twoUDalumsinlove said 7 years ago

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

  • LilPeasandCarrots

    LilPeasandCarrots said 7 years ago

    This so exciting!!!!! :)

  • rifferaff

    rifferaff said 7 years ago

    yay! this is great!

  • MissFiKingdom

    MissFiKingdom said 7 years ago

    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.

  • tscrapper

    tscrapper said 7 years ago

    Woo hoo! Great news!

  • SweetLollipopShop

    SweetLollipopShop said 7 years ago

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

  • esdesigns

    esdesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • paola72

    paola72 said 7 years ago

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

  • dgorenflo

    dgorenflo said 7 years ago

    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.

  • PJsGiftnDesignCloset

    PJsGiftnDesignCloset said 7 years ago

    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

  • banished

    banished said 7 years ago

    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.

  • DeborahVoizin

    DeborahVoizin said 7 years ago

    Great News!

  • xoxotova

    xoxotova said 7 years ago

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

  • hullabalooboutique

    hullabalooboutique said 7 years ago

    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!

  • discomedusa

    discomedusa said 7 years ago

    fantastic!

  • partybots

    partybots said 7 years ago

    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.

  • LittlePeanutShop

    LittlePeanutShop said 7 years ago

    Woot! This is wonderful news!

  • threeredtrees

    threeredtrees said 7 years ago

    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.

  • LesTissusBows

    LesTissusBows said 7 years ago

    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!

  • polkadotdreams

    polkadotdreams said 7 years ago

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

  • tinygreenapples

    tinygreenapples said 7 years ago

    ;) Thanks!!!

  • sweetberrybaby

    sweetberrybaby said 7 years ago

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

  • amysplainjane

    amysplainjane said 7 years ago

    Such a wonderful relief!!!!Thank you!

  • chatnoirstudios

    chatnoirstudios said 7 years ago

    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.

  • WeKnitForYou

    WeKnitForYou said 7 years ago

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

  • SugarVillage

    SugarVillage said 7 years ago

    Woot woot!

  • OhFaro

    OhFaro said 7 years ago

    Tears of joy!

  • rabbithorns

    rabbithorns said 7 years ago

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

  • SkylarsCandyClips

    SkylarsCandyClips said 7 years ago

    yippee - i'm doing cartwheels!!!

  • GemmaBeads

    GemmaBeads said 7 years ago

    Whoo-hoo!

  • perryjayne

    perryjayne said 7 years ago

    Hip, Hip, Hooray!!

  • thepatacakebaby

    thepatacakebaby said 7 years ago

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

  • scrapnplay

    scrapnplay said 7 years ago

    that is great news!

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 7 years ago

    can i pinch myself?

  • GingerlouiseClothing

    GingerlouiseClothing said 7 years ago

    Thanks for featuring me!!!

  • lovestitches

    lovestitches said 7 years ago

    thats awesome!

  • TheHouseOfMouse

    TheHouseOfMouse said 7 years ago

    wonderful news!!

  • babymomo

    babymomo said 7 years ago

    that's great news!!!

  • sygnetcreations

    sygnetcreations said 7 years ago

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

  • aysetugrul

    aysetugrul said 7 years ago

    yay!

  • bearcountryuk

    bearcountryuk said 7 years ago

    Great news.

  • glamasaurus

    glamasaurus said 7 years ago

    Yay! Good job everyone!

  • shulamite

    shulamite said 7 years ago

    Awesome news <3

  • scire4

    scire4 said 7 years ago

    Yahoo!

  • UrbanPrincess

    UrbanPrincess said 7 years ago

    That's Awesome!

  • thecountrycellar

    thecountrycellar said 7 years ago

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

  • mcmdesigns

    mcmdesigns said 7 years ago

    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!!

  • HandKnitHugs

    HandKnitHugs said 7 years ago

    Yipee!!! Congrats everyone!

  • SalvagedExpression

    SalvagedExpression said 7 years ago

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

  • vivikas

    vivikas said 7 years ago

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

  • LunasBaublebilities

    LunasBaublebilities said 7 years ago

    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. :)

  • sweetbabyjamie

    sweetbabyjamie said 7 years ago

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

  • CalliopeCouture

    CalliopeCouture said 7 years ago

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

  • birchleafdesigns

    birchleafdesigns said 7 years ago

    excellent!

  • lorilooms

    lorilooms said 7 years ago

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

  • elizabethjennings

    elizabethjennings said 7 years ago

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

  • beyondtherockz

    beyondtherockz said 7 years ago

    Wonderful news!

  • HarrietsHaven

    HarrietsHaven said 7 years ago

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

  • Lumpkin

    Lumpkin said 7 years ago

    hot diggity!

  • crazyforhue

    crazyforhue said 7 years ago

    Fabulous!

  • babybayrs

    babybayrs said 7 years ago

    Happy!

  • purplemistydawn

    purplemistydawn said 7 years ago

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

  • rachelmaydesigns

    rachelmaydesigns said 7 years ago

    That's wonderful news. Rachel May

  • delishdesign

    delishdesign said 7 years ago

    woo hoo!

  • monkeyseeboutique

    monkeyseeboutique said 7 years ago

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

  • mcarangi

    mcarangi said 7 years ago

    That is such AMAZING news!!

  • dreamitloveit

    dreamitloveit said 7 years ago

    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!

  • onemadpug

    onemadpug said 7 years ago

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

  • BossysFeltworks

    BossysFeltworks said 7 years ago

    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!

  • CutieDynamite

    CutieDynamite said 7 years ago

    Fantastic news!

  • 6060

    6060 said 7 years ago

    Fabulous!

  • micsnick

    micsnick said 7 years ago

    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.

  • cthings

    cthings said 7 years ago

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

  • customcreative

    customcreative said 7 years ago

    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!!!

  • moonstr

    moonstr said 7 years ago

    im still pinching myself. YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!

  • Bellahope

    Bellahope said 7 years ago

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

  • LadybugLimited

    LadybugLimited said 7 years ago

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

  • therainbowroom

    therainbowroom said 7 years ago

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

  • princessdoodlebeans

    princessdoodlebeans said 7 years ago

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

  • artistscs28

    artistscs28 said 7 years ago

    I am in tears. So happy!

  • LisasLittleCreations

    LisasLittleCreations said 7 years ago

    Awesome news. Way to go everyone. :)

  • havilahashby

    havilahashby said 7 years ago

    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! :)

  • newtslanding

    newtslanding said 7 years ago

    What a relief!!!

  • tiffanyrenfrow

    tiffanyrenfrow said 7 years ago

    AWESOME!!!!

  • polkadotpapoose

    polkadotpapoose said 7 years ago

    Phew! I am so elated!!

  • LuckyBunnyLampwork

    LuckyBunnyLampwork said 7 years ago

    Thank goodness! :)

  • theweebeasties

    theweebeasties said 7 years ago

    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!

  • PuppyKissPortraits

    PuppyKissPortraits said 7 years ago

    Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful news!!

  • cravejewelrydesign

    cravejewelrydesign said 7 years ago

    This is GREAT!!!

  • MGMart

    MGMart said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the news :)

  • aPassionForFashion

    aPassionForFashion said 7 years ago

    yippy

  • Zooguu

    Zooguu said 7 years ago

    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!

  • MyDearest

    MyDearest said 7 years ago

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

  • WingsDove

    WingsDove said 7 years ago

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

  • SustainableStitches

    SustainableStitches said 7 years ago

    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.

  • annemadeart

    annemadeart said 7 years ago

    great news!!

  • behjat

    behjat said 7 years ago

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

  • Lollygagbaby

    Lollygagbaby said 7 years ago

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

  • LittleCritters00

    LittleCritters00 said 7 years ago

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

  • RMDCreations

    RMDCreations said 7 years ago

    AWSOME!!!!

  • bittersweetdesign

    bittersweetdesign said 7 years ago

    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!!!

  • PenStrokes

    PenStrokes said 7 years ago

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

  • littlesapling

    littlesapling said 7 years ago

    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.

  • chalkydoodles

    chalkydoodles said 7 years ago

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

  • art2theextreme

    art2theextreme said 7 years ago

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

  • bluesaphire

    bluesaphire said 7 years ago

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

  • EliseBoutique

    EliseBoutique said 7 years ago

    WAHOOO!!!!!!

  • tadasana

    tadasana said 7 years ago

    FANTASTIC news! Save handmade!

  • waxandwool

    waxandwool said 7 years ago

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

  • LeakyMouth

    LeakyMouth said 7 years ago

    At least we have more time...

  • europexlights

    europexlights said 7 years ago

    wooooohooooooooo now i can sell my onesies. lol.

  • hellokiddo

    hellokiddo said 7 years ago

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

  • Pwackets

    Pwackets said 7 years ago

    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.

  • thepolkadottotspot

    thepolkadottotspot said 7 years ago

    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))))))

  • viltalakim

    viltalakim said 7 years ago

    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!

  • LittleMonkeyPouches

    LittleMonkeyPouches said 7 years ago

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

  • melkidlet

    melkidlet said 7 years ago

    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....

  • SweetPeasGarden

    SweetPeasGarden said 7 years ago

    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!

  • ForTheLoveBoutique

    ForTheLoveBoutique said 7 years ago

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

  • SewCreativeBySara

    SewCreativeBySara said 7 years ago

    Fantastic news!!!!!

  • lauraprentice

    lauraprentice said 7 years ago

    wonderful, congratulations!

  • KimFelsen

    KimFelsen said 7 years ago

    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!

  • wainbowmudd

    wainbowmudd said 7 years ago

    Great! But lets keep fighting!

  • candlemamma

    candlemamma said 7 years ago

    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.

  • cindyjoy

    cindyjoy said 7 years ago

    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.

  • monpetitviolon

    monpetitviolon said 7 years ago

    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! :-)))

  • candlemamma

    candlemamma said 7 years ago

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

  • candlemamma

    candlemamma said 7 years ago

    That cover picture was adorable. :)

  • creativecomforts07

    creativecomforts07 said 7 years ago

    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!

  • littledebrarae

    littledebrarae said 7 years ago

    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.

  • littledebrarae

    littledebrarae said 7 years ago

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

  • slippedstitchstudios

    slippedstitchstudios said 7 years ago

    huraaaaay!

  • dreamspiralart

    dreamspiralart said 7 years ago

    That's fantastic news!

  • yarncoture

    yarncoture said 7 years ago

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

  • piprobins

    piprobins said 7 years ago

    I'm so thrilled!!

  • gomonkeydesign

    gomonkeydesign said 7 years ago

    Yippee!!!!!

  • ButterflyGem

    ButterflyGem said 7 years ago

    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

  • Michelle0123

    Michelle0123 said 7 years ago

    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.

  • MonkeyNamedMoo

    MonkeyNamedMoo said 7 years ago

    Super!!!!!!

  • rkdsign88

    rkdsign88 said 7 years ago

    finally ...good news

  • RainbowKidsDecor

    RainbowKidsDecor said 7 years ago

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

  • Serenities

    Serenities said 7 years ago

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

  • Serenities

    Serenities said 7 years ago

    The above is dance!! LOL!

  • BritmericaLane

    BritmericaLane said 7 years ago

    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.

  • karenkrafts

    karenkrafts said 7 years ago

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

  • BritmericaLane

    BritmericaLane said 7 years ago

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

  • nestingforbaby

    nestingforbaby said 7 years ago

    Such wonderful news!!!!!

  • SycamoreMoonStudios

    SycamoreMoonStudios said 7 years ago

    Hallelujah! Thanks for keeping us all up to date.

  • mariasfavorites

    mariasfavorites said 7 years ago

    Wonderful news!!!

  • Babiezbling

    Babiezbling said 7 years ago

    What a relief!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 7 years ago

    YES!!!!!!!!

  • beefancee

    beefancee said 7 years ago

    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!

  • kittybblove

    kittybblove said 7 years ago

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

  • pinkhouse

    pinkhouse said 7 years ago

    Wahoooo!!!!!

  • Wysiwigs

    Wysiwigs said 7 years ago

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

  • LyrehcKidz

    LyrehcKidz said 7 years ago

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

  • KaysKitchen

    KaysKitchen said 7 years ago

    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!!

  • strawberryluna

    strawberryluna said 7 years ago

    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!

  • AllAboutKendra

    AllAboutKendra said 7 years ago

    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!!!!!!

  • wiiildfire

    wiiildfire said 7 years ago

    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.

  • Vanessa Admin

    Vanessa said 7 years ago

    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.

  • wiiildfire

    wiiildfire said 7 years ago

    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.

  • wiiildfire

    wiiildfire said 7 years ago

    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?

  • bijougirldesigns

    bijougirldesigns said 7 years ago

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

  • dropyourdrawers

    dropyourdrawers said 7 years ago

    yay!!!!

  • EnchantingBeautiful

    EnchantingBeautiful said 7 years ago

    thanks for the update!

  • djschusta

    djschusta said 7 years ago

    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

  • sleekbabychic

    sleekbabychic said 7 years ago

    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

  • ChocolateLulu

    ChocolateLulu said 7 years ago

    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!

  • teddystartedit

    teddystartedit said 7 years ago

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

  • ccooperdesigns

    ccooperdesigns said 7 years ago

    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!

  • MarjorieDade

    MarjorieDade said 7 years ago

    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.

  • flowerpatchboutique

    flowerpatchboutique said 7 years ago

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

  • littledebrarae

    littledebrarae said 7 years ago

    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!

  • JulsFantasyFlowers

    JulsFantasyFlowers said 7 years ago

    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.

  • shayshay

    shayshay said 7 years ago

    Yeahhhhhhhhh.

  • SarahLamont

    SarahLamont said 7 years ago

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

  • JerrysCreations

    JerrysCreations said 7 years ago

    great news. all your hard work paid off.

  • VisualConcepts

    VisualConcepts said 7 years ago

    Yippee! That is very exciting news.

  • FunBows

    FunBows said 7 years ago

    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 !!

  • theaxx

    theaxx said 7 years ago

    YYYYYYYYYYYYYYEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHAAAAHHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! thea. xx

  • orangerhinokids

    orangerhinokids said 7 years ago

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

  • aSummertimeShop

    aSummertimeShop said 7 years ago

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

  • Tina669

    Tina669 said 7 years ago

    thanks for the update!

  • chinaelectronics

    chinaelectronics said 7 years ago

    wonderful news.

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