[This is another in a series of posts by Susan Maphis covering the impact of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). For more information about the CPSIA, read Susan's previous article: The End Of Handmade and sign up for her CPSIA Alerts Mailing List ]
Etsy shop owner Beth Newbern-Hallam is yet another business owner who is being forced to sell off her line of children’s products due to the impending CPSIA legislation. She has been selling her hand-knit and crocheted children’s items online since 1996.
“It seems surreal that I won’t be knitting anymore little sweaters or booties,” Newbern-Hallam says. “I won’t be sewing up anymore little rompers. No more baby toys. Legally, I can’t even make these things for friends anymore.” Her Etsy shop, PSBB Designs, currently is selling off her variety of sweaters, blankets, afghans, outfits, and accessories.
“I am going to stop making children’s items,” she says. “Instead, I’m going to use this shop to sell off all the supplies, and items I can no longer use to make children’s items.” Newbern-Hallam will continue her other shop, Jus Shar Designs, which sells hand-knit and crocheted items for teens and adults.
“I just hope our government knows what they are doing,” Newbern-Hallam says. “The fall-out is going to be tragic.”
[ For more information about the CPSIA, read Susan's previous article: The End Of Handmade]