I'll tell you right up front that I know VERY LITTLE about this. I have to have "CPSIA" written on a piece of scrap paper next to me or I can't remember the letters, and I don't know what the letters stand for....okay, fine, that's too embarrassing, I'll look it up. It's Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act.
As I understand the situation, the CPSIA thing didn't set out to hurt artists and crafters; it's more that it didn't set out to protect them, either, and so the new regulations, intended for large businesses, also affect, for example, a person with a hobby room who makes baby blankets out of carefully-purchased organic cotton, and a person with a workshop who makes baby toys out of carefully-purchased dangerous-chemical-free wood and paint. Do I have that basically right? Is that about the gist of it?
Okay! So, do you remember the Whimsical Walney t-shirt giveaway we did last June? Well, she can't stay in business because of this CPSIA thing, so all her stuff is 50% off until February 9th when she's shutting down. You can visit her at Whimsical Walney to see all her cute Use Your Words and Flags of the World kid shirts.
But also. To, uh, commemorate the CPSIA issue, we're going to be doing a series of giveaways. If you're a business affected by CPSIA and you're getting rid of inventory (um, I hope it's clear I mean inventory NOT saturated with lead or whatevs, but rather inventory that is nice and safe but can't be sold unless you pay for an expensive test to prove it), or if you're an artist/crafter NOT affected by the new act but wanting to show support for those artists/crafters who ARE affected, email me at swistle at gmail dot com and let me know what you'd like to give away. I'll do a giveaway every day or two until
Whimsical Walney is first up: leave a comment on this post by Friday, January 30th at 4:00 p.m. U.S. Pacific time, and I'll use a random number generator to choose a winner. The prize is one Whimsical Walney shirt, your choice of any still in stock.