Posts Tagged ‘handmade’

One of a Kind Show & Sale Comes to NYC

November 18, 2009

I am excited to learn that the One of a Kind Show & Sale is coming to Manhattan’s Pier 94 on Dec. 11-13 (Dec. 10 preview night).This show is adding NYC to its roster after 35 years in Toronto and eight in Chicago.

I am hoping it’ll be a more…. diverse version of SOFA? A more upmarket version of the Renegade Craft Fair? A more experimental version of the American Craft Show?

Hard to say — can’t wait to check it out and report back to you!

Hello Craft is giving away free tickets to the show — enter to win by Nov. 30!

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Good News – CPSIA Exempts Natural Products from Toy Testing Requirements

October 10, 2009

FRI-P-HelicopterLast year I posted a call to action on Greenjeans Blog about the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), a law hastily passed by Congress in response to the lead paint problem with toys coming from China.

There was great outrage at the law because it would have required all makers of toys and products for children to have their stuff tested, at considerable expense, no matter how small-scale and conscientious their operations. We were worried for our favorite toymaker, Frank Ridlely (whose Helicopter toys is pictured here), along with the thousands of other small workshops and home-based children-focused enterprises.

Today I received an update from Ridley. He writes, “It now seems that the Commissioners of the CPSC have decided to apply a
little common sense and exempt certain natural products, such as wood, from lead testing. This means that we can sell, and you can resell, our product line of naturally finished wooden toys without fear of violating the law.”

Great news! You can learn more about it here:
http://www.cpsc.gov/about/cpsia/smbus/cpsiasbguide.pdf
Check out this link, page 7, Table B.

Thanks for the update, Frank!