Saturday, January 31, 2009

CPSIA Testing Postponed until 2010

Good news for crafters and re-sellers! Our voices have been heard! CPSIA testing has been postponed until February 2010.

Read all the details at Greco Woodcrafting Blog and Etsy Storque.

Let's keep our eyes peeled and make sure this one year research period goes well.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

Suebeebuz Featured on Soap Hound Blog

EtsyNJ member Suebeebuz is featured on Soap Hound's Blog and next month they will be offering a giveaway from Sue's shop! Check it out: http://soaphound.blogspot.com/2009/01/balm-of-gilead.html

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

More CPSIA Concerns - It hurts more than just handmade shops!

As parents and concerned citizens I’m sure most of us at one time or another have been confronted with the question of lead poisoning. But have you asked yourself what your government is doing to protect your children from lead contained in toys? The answer? They're banning toys, taking books from schools and libraries, hurting low income families, killing entrepreneurial spirit and risking putting the economy in an even greater depression than we've seen in decades. I'd like to introduce you to their solution: the CPSIA.

Do you know about the CPSIA? No? Then I ask you to take a few minutes to find out about it.

The CPSIA stands for Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, a new set of laws that will come into effect on 10 February, 2009 and will impact many, many people in a negative way. Make no mistake, this is very real. View it for yourself. If Forbes, the American Library Association and numerous other media are paying attention, perhaps you should too.

How will these new laws affect you? Well, here are a few examples:

To the Parents of Young Students:
Due to the new law, expect to see the cost of school supplies sky rocket. While those paper clips weren't originally intended for your student to use, they will need to be tested now that your 11-year-old needs them for his school project. This law applies to any and all school supplies (textbooks, pencils, crayons, paper, etc.) being used by children under 12.

To the Avid Reader:
Due to the new law, all children's books will be pulled from library and school shelves, as there is no exemption for them. That’s okay though, there's always television. Our children don’t need to learn the love of reading after all.
Article from the American Library Association http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/?p=1322

To the Lover of All Things Handmade:
Due to the new law, you will now be given a cotton ball and an instruction manual so you can make it yourself since that blanket you originally had your eye on for $50 will now cost you around $1,000 after it's passed testing. It won't even be the one-of-a-kind blanket you were hoping for. Items are destroyed in the testing process making one-of-a-kind items virtually impossible. So that gorgeous hand-knit hat you bought your child this past winter won’t be available next winter.

To the Environmentalist:
Due to the new law, all items in non-compliance will now be dumped into our already overflowing landfills. Imagine not just products from the small business owners, but the Big Box Stores as well. You can't sell it so you must toss it. Or be potentially sued for selling it. You can't even give them away. If you are caught, it is still a violation.

To the Second-Hand Shopper:
Due to the new law, you will now need to spend $20 for that brand new pair of jeans for your 2-year old, rather than shop at the Goodwill for second hand. Many resale shops are eliminating children's items all together to avoid future lawsuits.

To the Entrepreneur:
Due to this new law, you will be forced to adhere to strict testing of your unique products or discontinue to make and/or sell them. Small businesses will be likely to be unable to afford the cost of testing and be forced to close up shop. Due to the current economic state, you'll have to hope for the best when it comes to finding a new job in Corporate America.

To the Antique Toy Collector:
Due to the new law, you'd better start buying now because it's all going to private collection and will no longer be available to purchase. “Because the new rules apply retroactively, toys and clothes already on the shelf will have to be thrown out if they aren't certified as safe.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123189645948879745.html

To the American Economy:
Already struggling under an economy that hasn’t been this weak in decades, the American economy will be hit harder with the inevitable loss of jobs and revenues from suppliers, small businesses and consumers. The required testing is far too costly and restrictive for small businesses or individuals to undertake.

To the Worldwide Economy:
Due to this new law, many foreign manufacturers have already pulled out of the US market. You can imagine the impact of this on their businesses.

If you think this is exaggerating, here is a recent article from Forbes
http://www.forbes.com/2009/01/16/cpsia-safety-toys-oped-cx_wo_0116olson.html

And for those of you prepared to be stupefied and boggled, The New Law
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/cpsia.html

Did you know? If this upsets or alarms you, please react.

Friday, January 23, 2009

Old World Primitives Featured in Etsy's Season of Love Poll!

Please vote for Old World Primitives' Primitive Folk Art Valentine Doll in the "How you YOU say love" contest at Etsy.com! http://www.etsy.com/voter_list.php?ref=voter&room_id=28

Thursday, January 22, 2009

EtsyNJ Members Participate in One World One Heart

The One World One Heart 2009 Giveaway has begun and there are some EtsyNJ members participating in this year's event.

Here is some info on One World One Heart:
"The original idea behind this giveaway event was to bring bloggers together from around the world who may never ordinarily meet. It closes the gap of the blog community and enables us to interact, discover new and wonderful people, and in the process possibly win a prize or many prizes along the way...This is more than wanting to win something.......that is only the means.......in the end it's about finding kindred spirits."


Visit these blogs for a chance to win some cool stuff from some cool EtsyNJ members:
* Collective Elements: http://blog.collectiveelements.com/2009/01/one-world-one-heart-givewaway.html

* Lemoncoly's: http://lemoncholys.blogspot.com/2009/01/one-world-one-heart-giveaway-begins.html

* Made By Melissa: http://madebymelissa.blogspot.com/2009/01/one-world-one-heart-giveaway.html

* The Reluctant City Dweller: http://thereluctantcitydweller.blogspot.com/2009/01/one-world-one-heart.html

Good luck!

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

How CPSIA makes crayons cost $10,232

Curious? EtsyNJ's Andy from thecrayonbin does the math and spells it all out here: http://lrhguild. com/blog

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Made By Melissa featured Yinsouciant on her blog!

EtsyNJ team member Made By Melissa featured fellow team member Yinsouciant on her blog! Stop by and tell her that EtsyNJ sent you!
Made By Melissa: If I had $100 to spend on Etsy...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Featured Shopper - Katylua

As you know, we here at EtsyNJ have taken the Handmade Pledge, and we take it very seriously. We also love to support our fellow members and when we are looking to buy anything, we always include EtsyNJ in our Etsy tag search. Way back in September I showed off some fellow team members who supported each other's shops, they can be found here and here, this time around, I decided to feature one member and all of the fabulous things that she purchased from other members!

Catherine is the fabulous woman behind Katylua's adorable flower hair clips and silly button pins and admits to being a good shopper. When you see all the things she bought, you'll see why she just couldn't pass these things up!

Fuzzy, Lovely Wrist Warmers from KnitStorm:


LUXE PETALS Faceted Carnelian, Rutilated Quartz and Sterling Silver Earrings from CatROCKS:


Snowman Fimo Clay Beaded Bracelet from Made By Melissa:


Shades of Blue Princess Necklace and Dreaming of the Caribbean earrings from PhoenixGems:


Jungle Flowers Batik Card from SusanItkinBatik:


Check back here to see the items that Catherine from Polka Dot Cottage, PurpleLicious, AbbieRoad and Krisamels. There are just too many great purchases to stuff into one little blog post!

Did you buy something from an EtsyNJ team member? If so, please feel free to send me a conversation at MadeByMelissa on Etsy.com and tell me all about it, I'll post a link to your shop as well as a photo of the item you bought. Please search EtsyNJ at Etsy.com to see all of our great items.

Happy Shopping!

Friday, January 9, 2009

Heart of Nature Featured CreationsByRobin

EtsyNJ member Heart of Nature featured fellow team member Creations By Robin on her blog - check it out at http://kittysheartofnature.com/?p=96

Paper Girl Productions features Copabananas

Copabananas is featured on Paper Girl Production's Blog! Check it out and tell them EtsyNJ sent you! Paper Girl Productions: ooolalalala