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#CPSIA – Got a little Howard Beale in you?

That scene in Network where Howard Beale goes a little nuts pretty well describes my attitude regarding the CPSIA and those who continue to ignore it (and the calls to Washington about it). No, the clip isn’t G-rated, sorry.

I realize this issue has pretty much pegged my blog-o-meter lately, but I ask you to think about it – If thousands of these artists, craftspeople and such go out of business, who does that hurt besides them? 

Other small businesses. Which hurts other small businesses. And so on. 

Like it or not, you’re in that food chain somewhere. 

Meanwhile, 345 people in and around my town were yesterday and today. In a town of 4500, that hurts – particularly when there were several hundred other others laid off indefinitely just a week or two earlier.

I’ll say it again: Get off the couch, pick up the phone and call your Senators, US Representative and the CPSC. Do it before your business is the one that’s closing or laying off people. 

As for you… the one who thinks it doesn’t apply to you, I have a word for you: Pink Zebra.

Feeding the Pink Zebra

Pink Zebra Boutique is the name of a mom-owned boutique in Katy, Texas. She just made the tough decision to get out of the “stuff for kids under 12” market. Just because of the CPSIA. She’s not closing her business, just giving up a big piece of it for no other reason than the CPSIA. 

A real mom. A real business in small town. A retail storefront that now has to figure out how to replace that revenue because they have to shut down part of the business. There will be more.

Just a reminder in the meantime: Don’t tick off the moms.

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Actually there are enough of us little guys, that a whole industry of us going down affects the BIG (ok medium sized) guys who make our supplies, if thousands even millions of us stop buying $50- $100 per month is fabric, yarn and other supplies, it affects those suppliers.
My favorite yarn producers will eventually notice a significant drop in sales…if it were JUST me, they wouldn’t…. but there are thousands if not millions of us out there…

this now affects the mom who just wants to make something for HER kid, and now fabric supplies cost much more… it affects the moms and dads working on the farms and in the factories that make those supplies…


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