Monday, December 8, 2008

Sad today

I feel like I haven't been here for a few days, but I just looked and my last post was last night. I've just been so bummed out by this whole CPSIA thing, it's hard to believe the people who wrote this had no idea the true impact it would have. Earlier today I found a link to a story about a German company who is shutting down their US distribution because of CPSIA.

It makes me want to cry!!!! Historically speaking Germany make some of the best toys in the world, and Europe's safety standards are way stricter than ours here in the US. It's just that the damned stupid testing would price their wonderful toys out of the market.

I'd been thinking about expanding my creative efforts into art (drawing/painting) and maybe pottery, but until this CPSIA thing came up I never thought I'd have to do that to REPLACE my current products!! I haven't had any new items in my shop(s) lately, and I think it's purely because the stress over this whole thing is killing my creative impulses...I haven't done any crochet work for days. :-( I struggle with depression as it is and this isn't helping!!!


Leanne Lonergan said...

The true impact is going to be far reaching. Ruth...hang in there! Your work is lovely and I guess it just means that you are headed in a new direction now.

Renee said...

It's terrible, isn't it? This reminds me that I need to take the time to call my reps in congress. At a time like now with so many people out of work, or working minimum wage jobs, why on earth make it even harder to make an honest living?

Leanne Lonergan said...

It doesn't seem fair and it sure doesn't make sense! Call those reps!!!!!

Kathy said...

I've been trying to follow the threads in the forums on etsy, but it gets confusing and people seem to have differing opinions on the whole thing. Someone said it's anything a child could handle...if that is the case I won't be making any more journals or photo albums for kids I guess! So sad. Hang in there.

Ruth said...

Kathy it's supposedly for anything a child 12 and under could use. I don't know about other people's kids, but my son is 13 and has been in some adult-sized clothes (shirts and shoes, mostly) for about 3 years already! So this could actually have an impact on the adult market as well.

It still blows my mind that, according to that letter I copied from the other blog, up to 68% of the children's clothing manufacturers in this country could wind up going out of business....the latest posting from says it doesn't look like there's ever going to be an exemption for textiles, something about phthalate-contaminated footies in children's sleepers. I don't understand why thy don't have that rule specifically targeted at plastic-coated textiles, that would most likely leave most of the handmade market alone.