Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Help Save Handmade Toys!

Jackie the Octopus from Dolls For Friends

Many of you probably already know about this, but I'm sure some of you do not. For those who don't, and for those who weren't sure what to do about it, this article is for you.

Small businesses who make handmade toys, clothing, books, and all other items for children are in serious danger of being shut down. I don't know about you, but I would MUCH rather spend my hard-earned money on quality, handmade items for my daughter, than a bunch of junk from a big box store. It is comforting to know that each item was made with love, quality, and care, and that I am supporting a fellow artist and small business person with my purchase. Not to mention that so many of the small businesses in question are within my own art community and so many are personal friends.

I want to make sure that you get all of the correct information, so PLEASE go to this article at! Read the article to get all of the facts. Then, at the top left-hand corner of the article, vote! It is very important that this gets the attention of our President Elect so that we can save literally thousands and thousands of small businesses from ruin.


Rocki said...

I've been reading about this in the Etsy Forums, very sad indeed!

My son lives in Portland too!

(found you via the Team ESST blog)

LeaKarts said...

I received this email today, 1/18/09, for anyone looking for updates:
Thank you for your support on! Because of your votes, 'Save Small Business from the CPSIA' is now one of the top ten ideas for change in America on These ideas were presented to President-elect Obama's team at a press event in Washington DC this past Friday, January 16th.

With 12,280 votes from supporters, our issue is now part of a campaign to increase national awareness of the lack of provisions for small business in HR4040, the CPSIA, and bring about positive changes to the law. In the upcoming week, we will be working with the team to engage an appropriate non profit group to help us further our cause.

A forum has been opened for discussion on how to most effectively turn our idea into a successful national campaign, and the Handmade Toy Alliance would love your suggestions on how to bring about this Idea for Change. You can join the conversation here:

We still have a lot of work ahead of us to make it possible for the thousands of American craftspeople and small businesses to stay in business, and to keep unique, beautiful hand-made children's products available to consumers. But this was an important milestone in our journey, and we are grateful to you for helping us to reach it.