CPSC issues “guidance” for thrift and resale shops re: CPSIA

photo credit: pixeljones Earlier today, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued a press release to clarify their intent regarding the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) as it relates to thrift stores, resale shops and the like. The full press release can be found here, but the operative text is this: The new law […]

Your son’s Pinewood Derby car: a “banned hazardous substance”

photo credit: midiman Random thoughts get me in trouble sometimes. Today I got a call from the service manager of one of our local Chevy dealers. Every February, the troop helps them by hand washing 250-280 cars during the dealer’s annual customer care clinic. It’s a brilliant free event that gets the dealer’s customers into the […]

What you should be doing about the CPSIA

photo credit: Gustty I spent some time on the phone today with Senator Baucus’ office in DC. Ended up spending about 20 minutes with Bruce Fergusson, Baucus’ business specialist in this area.  Bottom line – he said this: If you contact your reps/Senators, calling them by phone is far and away the best thing to […]

Sweatshirts and t-shirts: Wondering who the CPSIA will put out of business.

photo credit: Bitterroot I wonder whose business might be impacted by the CPSIA.  I wonder about the nice lady whose son was in my troop years back. She embroiders and sells Columbia Falls Wildcat sweatshirts, tshirts, letter jackets and such – including items for little kids. Fortunately for her, the majority of her business isn’t […]

Heard in the slammer: “I used to make handmade toys”

photo credit: abstract splotcHes One of these days, my granddaughter would love it if I bought her a little homemade bear like the one in the photo. Trouble is that after February 9th 2008, it’ll be a violation of Federal law to sell it to me. Doesn’t matter if it’s sold at a small retailer, […]