As a follow up to my rant from yesterday, here’s a link to a ‘clarification letter’ from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09086.html

Here’s the relevant exerpt:

The new law requires that domestic manufacturers and importers certify that children’s products made after February 10 meet all the new safety standards and the lead ban. Sellers of used children’s products, such as thrift stores and consignment stores, are not required to certify that those products meet the new lead limits, phthalates standard or new toy standards

So the thrift stores, consignment shops and other resellers may be safe from this poorly-designed law.

But we are still left with a bad bit of legislation that will harm the cottage industry for handmade toys.

Why do I keep calling it bad legislation? Because it doesn’t really speak to the issue that spawned it. This appears to be a ‘shock and awe’ approach to a problem that needs finesse.

So, yeah, I’m glad for the new clarification with regards to resellers. But this is not enough. This is still bad legislation and it needs to be defeated.

Barring a full defeat, it needs to be dismantled by those of us with our money. We need to keep supporting the suppliers that have consistently made good decisions, both with regards to the materials they use and the heart they put into all their creations.

Until legislation makes a critical distinction between the artisan (toys, clothes, etc.) and the mass-producer, it cannot hope to get it right.

Mary

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