11:26 AM Posted by Three Yellow Starfish

For those of you who dont know, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act is a law that is being implemented on the 10th of Feb (now being called national bankruptcy day). It deals with testing for lead in childrens items. All handmade childrens items are in danger! Including my clothes, thats right! I will not be able to legally sell pinafores or bloomers to anyone in or out of the US unless I pay 1,000's of dollars to get them tested. There is no lead in cotton to begin with!

Under the very important auspices of child safety, the Act may have grave unintended consequences: fewer choices for families who are looking for handcrafted alternatives. Many Etsy artists and craftspeople have expressed fears that they won't be able stay in business due to the burdensome cost of testing and certification pursuant to the proposed legislation.

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