GREAT NEWS for "plush art/art dolls/collectibles"

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Original Post

(Sorry for the all caps, but I need you guys to hear this!)

Ok, art doll people, artist bear makers, plush art makers, etc, you can ALL breathe a sigh of relief.

This is information I just received, DIRECTLY FROM THE CPSC.

We are going to be OK! I have been pushing for answers from the CPSC about plush art/art dolls/etc and the CPSIA for a couple of weeks now and just got off the phone with an agent at the commission.

She told me that if an item, be it plush, a doll, a cute collectible, is intended by the creator for adult collectors and you have information stating that on your item and in your marketing, YOU ARE NOT INCLUDED IN THIS LAW.

Did you read that?

YOU ARE OK.

The manufacturer CAN determine if their product is or is not for children. If you say it is NOT FOR CHILDREN 12 AND UNDER, then the CPSC will respect that and not require lead testing.

She did say that this wouldn't work on things that are CLEARLY intended primarily for children, like bibs or binkies, but in terms of dolls and other cute and whimsical collectibles, YOU as the manufacturer can determine its audience. There have been a lot of forum posts from certain individuals on etsy stating that "anything that could possibly appeal to a child is included"--that is NOT the case. When I told this to the agent, she laughed and said that if that was true, they would have to police every single product in the country.

ALSO... good news for antique toy sellers and collectors:
ANTIQUE TOYS ARE ALSO NOT INCLUDED IN THIS LAW. They are not perceived by the CPSC to be intended for children, even though at one point in time they were. The value of these items is derived from keeping them pristine, and not giving them to little ones to play with. They are generally fragile and are not sold as toys for children.

PLEASE pass this along to an many artists as you can--especially those who are considering discontinuing their plush art or art dolls. I will be sending this info to Matt (admin) directly, along with the name of the individual I spoke with, so he can confirm if necessary and help get the word out.

Let's keep up the fight for makers of children's items--they still need our voices and our help!

Posted at 5:16pm Jan 28, 2009 EST

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YEA!!! THANX ThreeRedTrees. I know you have been working really hard for all of us! Thank you!

Posted at 5:20pm Jan 28, 2009 EST

Thank you for letting us know. I am in the UK so doesn't effect me as much as most people here but still, I get 50% of my sales from the US.

Posted at 5:22pm Jan 28, 2009 EST

SharonFish says

Thank you so much for finding this out for us! I have been trying to find this out for some time now.

Posted at 5:24pm Jan 28, 2009 EST

I still don't know where i stand on my 'make your own sock monster kits' as I don't try to market these to under 12's as they are too difficult for younger kids to do

Posted at 5:24pm Jan 28, 2009 EST

Great news! Thank you so much for sharing!

Posted at 5:24pm Jan 28, 2009 EST

Oh my gosh...that is the best news I have heard all day!

Posted at 5:24pm Jan 28, 2009 EST

Dannielle says

squeeeeee!!!! ♥

Posted at 5:25pm Jan 28, 2009 EST

Yep, and it's the real deal too. Not a rumor. Not a speculation. Straight from the commission.

Now get out there and make some more art plushies, people!

Posted at 5:27pm Jan 28, 2009 EST

So am I to understand that if you make a stuffed animal that is cute and whimsical and might appeal to an adult or teen, as long as you mark it "not appropriate for Children under 12" you are ok?
Like a cute butterfly pillow could be for 12 yrs to 80 yrs.
This make sense to me. But I'm still confused about children's clothing. Most people talking about the bill refer to "toys"

Posted at 5:31pm Jan 28, 2009 EST