1. Money
According to John Tozzi, Business Week, Jan. 21, 2009, "More than 46,000 businesses that have no paid employees made apparel or sold children's toys or clothes in 2006, with average sales of $40,000, according to the latest Census data." He uses the case of business women, Olivia Omega Logan, owner of Baby Candy T-shirt company, a home-based business to prove his point the the new laws, as they stand, will put thousands of people out of business.

Under the new laws, Logan will be required to test each part that goes into her clothing creations (including fabric, thread, snaps, designs, and tags) by August of 2009. Based on prices she has been quote, it will cost her small business between $18,000 and $37,000 for each run. Her total revenue in 2008 was $38,000.

If you make any handmade items for sale - even at flea markets and crafts shows (or to donate) - and that includes using pre-made parts to assemble clothing, toys, and other items, this law affects you. Even if you use paints and products already tested for lead by the manufacturers you are required to have them re-tested! How you can get involved:

  • Sign a petition in protest of CPSIA regulations.
  • Join the fastest-growing group of grassroots activists on Facebook.
  • Join a discussion on change.org and contribute your ideas to our National Campaign geared toward fixing the CPSIA.
  • Write to your United States Congress Person and Senator to request changes in the CPSIA to save handmade toys. (The Hand Made Toy Alliance offers a sample letter.)
  • Toymakers & Toy-related businesses can join the Handmade Toy Alliance.
  • Everyone (businesses and individuals) can also join the the CPSIA information group.

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March 20, 2009 at 5:52 pm
(1) Carol Baicker-McKee says:

You can also join the Reform the CPSIA rally and Congressional briefing on Capitol Hill on April 1st from 10-11:30. Learn more about it at http://learningresourcesinc.blogspot.com/. There’s also a website you can access from there to leave information even if you can’t attend.

March 20, 2009 at 7:03 pm
(2) Lahle Wolfe says:

Thank you Carol. Be sure to let us know when the new website goes live. This is such an important issue for all small business owners to get involved with – now – not later! Sadly, many people still do not even know about the changes in the law or understand that it hurts businesess and children more than it helps.

One of my businesses is a nonprofit that provides assistance to diabetics in need. We also give away free quilts to sick children all over the country. The quilts come from volunteers or are made from donated cotton fabrics. Because of this new law, we will be unable to continue giving away quilts to children because donors will no longer be able to make them for us. And we will not be able to make them ourselves because we could not possibly afford the high cost of testing.

Keep up the good work!

Lahle Wolfe
Guide to Women in Business

March 23, 2009 at 10:35 am
(3) Amend CPSIA says:

The website for the rally & congressional briefing is live and can be found here:

People can register on the site for the rally as well as learn more about how CPSIA affects businesses and people across the nation.

Thank you for bringing this law and its devastating impact to your readers.

April 1, 2009 at 3:17 pm
(4) Joe Consumer says:

Just in time for the big rally, check out these “Seven Myth-busting Facts About the CPSIA.” http://www.thepoptort.com/2009/04/seven-mythbusting-facts-about-the-cpsia.html

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