I don't usually talk about my "job" or what "I do" or whatever you want to call it, but here goes. I own a small baby boutique in my parent's town and a small baby clothing line. I know, I know you're screaming, but you have no babies (and none coming anytime soon I might add)! I seriously love everything babies. I must add that I inherited this trait from my mom who has been known to disappear from our table at a restaurant and come back 20 minutes later because she was holding some kiddo while the mom peed. She's the baby whisperer.
I won't go into great detail about the two, but the reason I am bringing this up to you is because you might have heard about the CPSIA law coming up in February. I won't go into great details. I'll refer you off to some folks that have some great info. out there on it below. But basically it's a law that will require serious testing on products made for children 12 and under. These products can run from toys, to outfits, to even personalized monogrammed burp rags. It doesn't matter if you sell in a big shopping mall, online, etsy or even just at a craft fair...everyone is affected by it. I have to first clarify that I have nothing against making sure we do our absolute best to ensure safety for our itty bitty ones. We need to keep at it, but we need to do it in a way that can keep the small businesses afloat. I'm not on etsy, but they have some adorably sweet baby items that I want to continue buying for gifts. I absolutely love the handmade look and feel. And I can't forget to add we are not in that economic state either, but we are all well aware of that.
Here are some great links I recommend if you want to learn more. There is some much out there and I've seriously sat reading all the legal stuff feeling like I should have gotten a Law degree, but these are very to the point.
Rocks in my Dryer's link
Cool Mom Picks
Handmade Toy Alliance
My prayer is that this can be done in a way that is beneficial all around. I may have to stop the clothing line and that's okay if it's what I need to do. It's filled with lots of hard work, but lots of great memories as well. I will be okay if that day comes...I am proud to say that I took out no loans and built up very slowly so I have no debt there so no worries there please. For the store I am hoping not to lose some of my favorite little companies that redfine the word precious! Oh the sweetness in their work makes my heart skip a beat!
Thank you friends for listening to my heart tonight!