I’m not one to step up on my soap box very often, but occasionally, something gets me ‘riled’ up enough to say something. Two years ago the government responded to lead paint found in toys (produced by Matell) by creating new CPSIA rules. These rules not only effected the commercial toy industry, but hobbyists that sell their children’s products and goods in boutiques, at craft fairs, and online. The bottom line: Everything that is used in a particular product for children would have to be tested (for example if you made a tunic and pants set you would need to test the fabric (unless it contains no dyes), elastic, zippers, buttons, etc. for lead content), the cost of which is upwards of $1,000 per item (and heaven forbid you ever change fabric or use a different brand of zipper – that would require you to start testing all over again). Essentially, these new rules have nudged many small business out of the picture. But what burns me the most? The company that initiated the changes is exempt from the new law.