Saturday, January 3, 2009

National Bankruptcy Day

The new CPSIA law will be going into effect this year.  Many small business will be affected.  Amazingly the congress members that created this legislation decided that all children's products will have to have lead testing.  This targets toys, including wooden, and clothing.  This legislation includes resale items as well.  

I learned about this at Happy to be at Home.  There are other places that are mentioned on the internet.  At Mothering there is an article.  The LA Times and ABC news did a piece as well.  

I cannot believe the incompetence of our lawmaking bodies.  Thousands of small business owners will be going out of business and people who need to buy from resale shops will not be able to buy their children's things from these organizations.  Well great for Wal-Mart!  (I know lots of people like that place, but I hate it with a vengence!  Long lines so people won't return things and they go around the voters to buy city governments to get their way. Yuck!)  I realize that big places were once small, blah, blah, blah.  Either our lawmakers are stupid or they've been bought by Wal-Mart as well.  I may just go in for a conspiracy theory on this one.   

Anyway, I am going to try and buy as much as I can from small mother owned boutiques through etsy while I can.  You should go by and utilize a great resource to find cottage industry.  There is also a National Bankruptcy Day website.

There has not been a ton of coverage on this and wanted to send up a flare.


Molly said...

I've been hearing a lot about this from all my crafty blogs I read. Unbelievable!
Yeah I still won't believe that products from Wal-Mart are safe.
I have a picture someone made with Boromir from LOTR saying, "One does not simply walk into Wal-Mart - there is evil there that does not sleep." I just love that.

Ruth said...

Love the idea of the poster!

My mom tried to teach me how to sew when I was snotty teenager. I feel so sorry for her! I never learned, so in order to have quality home made things around the house I have to buy them from places like etsy. I just love etsy! Do you have an etsy store?

Molly said...

Megan has been trying to talk me into one, but I haven't gotten around to it. I also would have joined the procrastinator's club know. ;)

I do love etsy though! I can find so many things there that I can't find anywhere else.

Nan said...

Speak it sister!! Too much stinking govt. involvement kills small businesses. Grrr!! I hadn't heard of this yet but it's so typical that it sadly does not surprise me at all.