We wrote about this issue last month, but it bears repeating. With the holidays -- and the end of toy shopping season -- over, it's easy to become complacent about the forthcoming legislation that threatens to bankrupt tens of thousands of independent toymakers and importers. But if you have hopes of buying local and/or handmade toys eleven months from now, you may want to take action now. Keep reading to find out how.
To recap, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), set to take effect on February 10th, will require all toymakers to have their toys tested and safety-certified, at an estimated cost of up to $4000 per individual toy design. According to the Handmade Toy Alliance, this move is certain to drive countless independent toymakers out of business.
From The Consumerist:
The Handmade Toy Alliance says that the law could be improved by exempting small businesses and by recognizing that certain manufacturing processes shouldn't require lead paint testing. (For instance, if your toys aren't painted or don't use plastic.) If the law stays unchanged, however (and if the fees for testing don't suddenly drop dramatically), then come this February you can expect either empty shelves in toy stores that specialize in handmade goods, or an explosion in toy "collectibles" that are labeled "not made for children."
To read further and take action, check out these links:
:: US Consumer Product Safety Commission: About the CPSIA
:: Handmade Toy Alliance: Proposal to Improve the CPSIA
:: Handmade Toy Alliance: How You Can Help
:: Change.org: Vote to Save Handmade Toys from the CPSIA
:: Facebook: Help Save Handmade Toys from the CPSIA
All the toys pictured at the top of this post are from various Etsy shops. Clockwise from top left: