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Old 01-02-2009, 08:58
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Default The CPSIA - IMPORTANT FOR EVERYONE PLEASE READ!!!

As of Feb. 10, 2009, hair bows, tutu's, any type toy, craft, clothing piece, clippie, etc. handmade or not will not longer be legally able to be sold without a GCC (General Conformity Certificate). This certificate REQUIRES that every product that can be used by children under the age of 12 be tested for lead. (Phlhalates do not apply to hair bows as of now, but do to some products such as tutu's.)

I am not a lawyer, so I do not understand the full extent of this, but basically if you are selling without a GCC, it means HUGE fines. I'm talking $100,000. Despite thoughts on the contrary, your current inventory is not grandfathered in.

Obviously as bowmakers, we cannot afford to have all of our products tested and this, while meant to protect our children from large toy makers who were careless, will ultimately put small busnisses like myself and many of you out of business.

I read this forum on a regular basis for almost a year, but have never joined until now because with 2 small children I've never been a good emailer, much less blogger. However this is too important to let go and I've seen no mention of it anywhere here.

I don't want those of us who sell at Craft shows, market, or in boutiques to be blindsided and unprepared come Feburary. The restrictions get even harsher in August.

The good news is that the ones in Feb. , though they are a pain, are do-able. Getting products tested for lead at 600ppm via a source with an XRF maching can cost as little as $5 per test.

According to a lawyer/consultant I emailed regarding testing my products she said, "For items manufactured before 8/12/09, you can use XRF technology. The XRF technology needs to be part of a reasonable testing program - and it appears that at least one from each color/type of material would constitute a reasonable testing program. There isn't a lot of guidance on reasonable testing program - but it would seem that one of each material/yarn would be sufficient, provided that there was no further processing that would add lead. You will have to test the thread, joining materials, labels, tags, etc., too."

This is scary stuff. After 8/12 the cost will range from $300-$1000 per test. Why? Accredited labs according to the governement must fbe used as a 3rd party tester and XRF is no longer sufficient because the acceptable lead level drops to 300ppm so basically what that means is that more expensive equipment has to be used, thus costing you more. I'm not making these figures up, just using price quotes I've gotten and those from doing google searches.
I'm not trying to be scary or mean, but how on earth is a bow maker supposed to afford this? Not to mention that in August EVERY product has to have a tag attached to every item manufactured (And yes, we are considered manufacturers).
From the cpsc.gov website: Section 103(a) of the new law requires manufacturers to have a tracking label or other distinguishing permanent mark on any consumer product primarily intended for children twelve and younger. The tracking label must contain certain basic information, including the source of the product, the date of manufacture and more detailed information on the manufacturing process such as a batch or run number. The scope of this provision is quite broad in that it applies to all children’s products, including, but not limited to, items such as clothing or shoes not just toys and other regulated products. I''m still trying to figure out how this applies to hairbows, headbands, etc. But for those of us making handmade items as a small busniess, it is going to be, well fun it is not.

Here are a few great petitions (really you need to write your congressmen and senators):
CPSIA Impacts on Children's Apparel Industry Petition : [ powered by iPetitions.com ]

Save Handmade Toys & Children's Products from the CPSIA Petition : [ powered by iPetitions.com ]


Here are greatf blog posts to help you understand what I may unintentionally be confusing on:

Sassy Pink Boutique: CPSIA legislation (This blog has a link that provides you with a predone letter and links to send to your congressmen and senators.)

Fashion Incubator Blog Archive CPSIA and Small Manufacturers

Any help, suggestions on how you are coping with this would be useful!

Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:30
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This is so sad. I signed both of the petitions. Thank you for doing this research and reporting to us.

I just cannot imagine not going onto Etsy and buying hair bows for my daughter! It is so ridiculous. This legislation is going to essentially kill thousands of small businesses here, as well as our economy and the entrepreneurial spirit that is so important to it. And who is going to ultimately pay for all of this testing? US, the consumers. The big companies will just pass the extra costs onto us. I am so afraid of how expensive kids clothes and accessories will become!
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Old 01-02-2009, 01:15
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Isn't it a possibility to market the bows as for 13 year old? After all in my area most of the teenagers are wearing them. Maybe when we sell them we can add a disclaimer. Due to new laws in testing these bows are intended for young adults. These bows have not been tested for children under 12. Probably a dumb question.... But it might be a loop hole.
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Old 01-02-2009, 03:13
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Isn't it a possibility to market the bows as for 13 year old? After all in my area most of the teenagers are wearing them. Maybe when we sell them we can add a disclaimer. Due to new laws in testing these bows are intended for young adults. These bows have not been tested for children under 12. Probably a dumb question.... But it might be a loop hole.
That's what I and my family thinking. I have a lot of riboons and clips. I make some every week and sell some. I just have no idea what to do after this law. I was thinking to make bows for pre teen. I'll put a disclaimer that my products only for 12 and up.
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Old 01-02-2009, 06:29
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If you read all of the law you will see it is not up to you to say it is for children over 12 it is up to them! Even though a lot of teens are buying bows they could still say these are children bows and you would receive a fine!
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:30
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Since this is posted here as well, I'll post this reply as well.

A group on Yahoo is doing this, so get your bows in the mail next week!

Here you go Guys.. Lets pick a date and send them out all together so he gets bombarded with Frilly Girly things..

Rep. Bobby Rush
2416 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Let's make sure we don't put "Hazardous Substance" on the outside of the box, or else they'll have to call in the bomb squad or something.
Suggested text for enclosed letter:
On Feb. 10, 2009 this item will turn into a
[really big font]HAZARDOUS SUBSTANCE[end really big font]
Don't let this happen!
I am a crafter [or artisan; I don't want to reopen that debate] who makes and sells one of a kind items for children. It is financially and physically impossible for me to do all the lead testing that the CPSIA requires. Since all my products will legally be classified as "hazardous substances" on Feb. 10, 2009, I am sending one as a gift to you. How else am I going to get rid of it, if it will be a felony to sell it? Hopefully you can find something to do with it before Feb. 10 too, so that you don't have to call in the hazmat team to take it away.
Of course, Rep. Rush, if your committee would reconsider the interpretation of the CPSIA, I might not have to go out of business...
Sincerely,
[your name]
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:35
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Old 01-02-2009, 10:43
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Wow, I didn't understand how serious this was and I am so sad and scared now! This is just ridiculous!!
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Looks like all of our ribbon needs to be tested separately too because of the different dyes, etc. so our only hope is that our emails and votes are counting for something!

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I'm so bummed out just when I actually start selling my stuff this pops up! I signed the petitions and passed them on to everyone I know!
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