Save the entrepreneurs; the kids are all right.
Fifty-one glimpses of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act and its impact.
Alabama: About that stay: "Read the fine print."
Alaska: "Why you should care about CPSIA, and what you can do about it."
Arizona: There's "no way" Other Mothers resale stores "can be completely compliant."
Arkansas: The closing of A Kidd's Dream consignment shop in Conway doesn't seem to have done much to change Sen. Mark Pryor's mind.
California: Thanks to the stay, Whimsical Walney will close down only temporarily, not permanently.
Colorado: Emily Werner: "Today, I have diaper making to do. But I also am ready to stuff envelopes."
Connecticut: Stamford maker faces $400 testing bill for each $360 run of bibs and napkins, while paperback
exchange owner in Bethel terms application of law "insane."
Delaware: Wilmington store Yo-Yo Joe's is a member of the Handmade Toy Alliance.
Florida: "Many stores have fallen for the false report from the media that consignment stores are exempt."
Georgia: Thank you, 11 Alive News, for listening to consignment sellers.
Hawaii: Kailua doll shop closes despite CPSC enforcement stay; Honolulu Honey Baby shakes leis and hula skirts in dismay.
Idaho: Squares of Flair, from Eagle, is on the Endangered Whimsy list. And if you're thinking of making something bulky for children, like a furniture line, have you considered that none of the nation's lead testing labs are anywhere near Idaho?
Illinois: List-keeping in Naperville. Oprah, please help!
Indiana: Rebecca Holloway gives 'em a deserved slamming; doll outfits and hair bows.
Iowa: I may know there are no phthalates or lead in that whimsical chenille baby bib, and you may know it, but have you documented it to the satisfaction of the wary retailer's lawyers?
Kansas: Owner of Baxter Springs company that makes organic nursing pillows doesn't think threat of being "hauled off to prison" is very constructive.
Kentucky: Menace of soft texture block set probably overrated.
Louisiana: The stay offers "hope but no solution."
Maine: Any reform will come too late for Farmington's Blessed Baby Boutique, shut down last weekend.
Maryland: The Baltimore Etsy Street Team is on the wing.
Massachusetts: Rob Wilson of Ashland, importer of earth-friendly toys, has done much to spread the word; impact on libraries noted in Newburyport.
Michigan: Brandi Pahl wonders: What are they thinking?
Minnesota: Things seem to be going great, with your product line featured on the Martha Stewart show. And then this happens.
Mississippi: Sen. Roger Wicker is co-sponsoring DeMint reform bill.
Missouri: Fleece scarves going too cheap.
Montana: Mark Riffey's Business is Personal has helped focus blog attention.
Nebraska: Omaha-connected Baby Leather Moks is on Endangered Whimsy list.
Nevada: Let's hope Sen. Harry Reid is listening to constituent Molly Orr.
New Hampshire: As Commerce secretary, do you think Sen. Gregg could help?
New Jersey: You made play food for kids out of felt? No wonder Rep. Waxman is so worried they'll eat it!
New Mexico: Fashion Incubator and National Bankruptcy Day.
New York: The issue has captured the attention of book publishers, if not of certain newspaper publishers.
North Carolina: Quilt Baby appeals to reason.
North Dakota: Sunrise Hill Decor, making blocks for play or display, is a member of the Handmade Toy Alliance.
Ohio: Nicer-than-mass-produced diaper covers; Toledo Physical Education Supplytakes a hit.
Oklahoma: Farewell jingle dresses, powwow dance clothes, buckskin leggings, concho belts and other Native American celebratory kids' gear.
Oregon: Milagros Boutique of Portland: "One of our local vendors has decided to throw in the towel rather than wait and see if the CPSIA is amended."
Pennsylvania: Going out on a limb, Somerset librarian contends most kids in library are old enough to know not to put the books in their mouths.
Rhode Island: Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse and Jack Reed "don't seem terribly concerned."
South Carolina: Rock and mineral kits: Do not eat contents unless you are at least 12 years of age.
South Dakota: Question after our own heart: What would Laura Ingalls Wilder have thought of this law?
Tennessee: EBay seamstresses and Spanish baby gift sellers watch with concern.
Texas: Distress sale at My Pink Zebra Boutique in Katy.
Utah: "We will have to lock our doors and file for bankruptcy," said Shauna Sloan, founder of Utah-based children's resale chain Kid to Kid. Glory Quilts: "My longest blog post ever--and the most angry."
Vermont: "Somewhere in the neighborhood of 95% of the merchants on our site would have to shut down," says Michael Secore of Craftsbury Kids. Co-owner Cecilia Leibovitz is a major spreader of word about the law, ditto Barre's Polkadot Patch.
Virginia: Back away from that ribbon hair bow slowly, now, and we'll just wait for the haz-mat team to arrive
Washington: Don't miss this helmet anecdote from Whitman County.
West Virginia: Project Linus, which does great charity work in the donation of quilts and blankets, puts on a brave face, but its friends are worried.
Wisconsin: Owner of Jacobsen Books in Clinton is also worried about small-run adaptive devices used by special needs children.
Wyoming: For Kooky Dolls it's a distinctly non-kooky issue.
District of Columbia: Almost forgot Washington, D.C.! Well, in Washington, D.C., it's easy to get them to pay attention to problems like these. For example, less than a month ago, the offices of Reps. Henry Waxman and Bobby Rush were instructing colleagues that if they got calls from constituents "who believe they may be adversely impacted by the new law," it was because the constituents had fallen victim to "confusion" and "inaccurate reporting."
The most important advocacy group behind the law, the implacable Public Citizen, has launched a new campaign to defend the law from critics. After all, it was PC's David Arkush who in December notoriously assailed (scroll to No. 1) "hysteria" about the law on the part of crafters and small businesses, broadly hinting that they were serving as dupes and stooges of Big Toy interests--perish the thought that they might have figured the issue out on their own!
Trial-lawyer-defense groups like the misnamed Center for Justice and Democracy (along with their friends) chimed in with the thought that critics of the law needed to "grow up" (no, don't bother commenting).
CPSC Commissioner Thomas Moore, hewing to a similar line, blames the ongoing ruckus on "orchestrated campaigns to undermine the act" that "are sowing the seeds of confusion that are upsetting so many small businesses." Lobbyists and trade associations for mass-production importers and merchandisers are eager to prove their cooperation with the powers that be: "We were early proponents of mandatory laws to require toy testing," said a Toy Industry Association spokesman the other day. Washington, D.C., always does so well at listening to the rest of the country.
Original Source: http://www.forbes.com/2009/02/09/cpsia-wreaks-havoc-opinions-contributors_0209_walter_olson.html