The U.S. Congress has passed a law, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA),requiring testing for any product intended for a child under the age of 12.
According to the law anyone who produces or sells clothing (among other items) intended for children under 12 must have the items tested for chemical content and certified as safe.
Any uncertified item intended for children under the age of 12 will be considered contraband after February 10, 2009. It will be illegal to sell or give these items to charities.
This law will put the entire cottage industry of boutique clothing sellers out of business. The cost of this testing is more than my business or most home businesses can afford.
Therefore, unless the law is amended to exclude the items I create and sell Patti’s Originals will cease to exsist as a children’s boutique. I am currently considering several different directions for my business but unless congress passes an exemption I will no longer be creating clothing for children.
I will be posting some ideas for the future of Patti’s Originals in the next few days.