See this cute thrift store British guards pull toy that my 3 year-old loves? (Made in England)
It was given to her by my thrift store-loving British Dad.
After February 10th, it will [might??] be illegal.
A quick update on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) situation:
- The Save Small Business From the CPSIA proposition at Change.org was successful! It made it to the top 10 and was presented to President Obama’s Transition Team at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on January 17th. Thanks to all who voted!
- As of today, there are 18 days until mandatory toy compliance certification is requested. Only 18 more days of legal Etsy, of legal thrift stores, of legal used books (even library books), of legal thrift store clothing, of legal garage sale toys, books, clothes… [???? See NOTE below???] The scope is potentially HUGE. It’s not just toys.
- Please view (and feel free to join, and add to) the Flickr Album of Endangered Toys.
- A list of informational documents to share. Including website badges: square and banner . Please link them back to the handmadetoyalliance.org.
- Put this cute badge on your blog (thanks to Cool Mom Picks, please link it back to her Save Handmade post):
- View a few CPSIA compliant Etsy products here. A $5,496 handmade T-shirt anyone? Or perhaps the $3,370.50 cloth pretend homemade cloth food breakfast set is more within your budget. If that’s still too much for you, rest assured that there’ll always be a Bratz Hair Color Doll (you get brush on hair color for your Bratz and your child, Brush on hair “glitter mascara,” and hair clips … all for a mere $27.97. Still too much? The Bratz World Doll Chloe in “snuggly loungewear outfit” and complete with “beauty accessories” so your little girl can “primp, relax and flaunt [her] fashions” costs only $15.00.
If you are wondering what the heck I am talking about, here is a brief summary:
In August 2008 Congress passed the CPSIA with the goal of improving toy safety. It bans lead and phthalates from toys and children’s products and also mandates lots of extra testing and labeling. Well, the thought is nice, but in reality only large corporations will be able to afford the certification required. There is no exception for hand-crafted toys, or toys already certified under strict European standards.
The statute is overly broad and will effectively prohibit the sale of handmade toys in the United States. Even German toymaker Selecta has decided that the new law is too burdensome and has already withdrawn from the U.S. market.
If you want to, you can read more about this issue in these posts of mine:
Auf Wiedersehen Selecta (…Good-Bye Hand-Crafted Toys?)
Our Last Selecta Toy
NOTE: Thanks to alert reader Erika (I sound like Dave Barry) for pointing out my failure to completely do my homework. On January 8th the CPSC published a clarification which apparently exempts resellers from the testing requirement. So thrift stores, garage sales, used book stores and the like should be OK as long as they avoid selling “products that are likely to have lead content.” Here is the exact paragraph:
The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties.
It is still a bit troubling to me. If I sell some antique toys to collectors on Ebay and one of those toys, unbeknownst to me, contains lead, will I be in violation of the law? My interpretation of this is yes. Hmmm….