Friday, January 9, 2009

Save Handmade

Earlier last year the government passed the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act. I don't expect that you'll read the whole thing, so let me give you the gist of it.

This law mandates that anyone selling items intended for children 13 or younger have their products tested by an independent third party before they can legally be sold. Sounds good right? But this law doesn't take into account the thousands of small business and independent craftspeople who sell their items in small retail outlets or on websites like Ebay and Etsy. This law will require everyone, no matter how big or how small, no matter if the items are made overseas in a factory or handmade in somebody's living room, to spend thousands of dollars for this testing and approval.

While the government's heart is in the right place here, this law doesn't take these people into account. WonderWife™ is one of them.

WW™ loves to sew. In fact, she's pretty freakin' amazing at it. Over the past year and a half, she has taken her love of sewing and created a little business for herself. At Inkies and Smushies she sells baby blankets and lovies, stuffed toys and other baby gear. People rave about her stuff. And she loves making it.

Once this law goes into effect, WW™ and many like her will no longer afford to be able to sell their stuff. And if you, or your kid, has ever snuggled with one of her baby blankets, you know what a loss this is.

But like I said earlier, this isn't just about my wife. Her business is a hobby, but for countless others, their businesses are their livelihoods. So please click on the picture below and learn about what you can do to help.

Thank you.


Wonder Wife (tm) said...

Clap, clap, clap, clap.

Emily said...

That little crayon wrap is pretty clever. If I spent any time around children, I would totally use that as my secret weapon.

Alan said...

Thanks DGB! Things look promising with their announced review and comment period this week but people should still sign on to and the other sites to press this issue.

Your escalator operator said...

I don't have kids - just nephews - but I still think WW's creations are very cool.