I am often guilty of making the cheaper--not better--choice.
CPSIA has given me a glimpse of what a world without handmade & recycled choices might look like.
And it's not as pretty.
Simple Mom wants to know how your family supports mom-and-pop businesses. Do you buy less, or get creative with your budget?
Special thanks to Dawn and The Motherhood for the lovely bracelet, which my 2-year-old promptly grabbed for her own. Take that, CPSIA.
I heard the law was postponed for a year. Perhaps I got bad information?
Here are the details on the "one year stay": http://cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09115.html. Hopefully they make some good changes over the next year!
I just commented on Simple Moms site. Since I'm all about food, it's hard! I try to support the local orchard down the street, but when it's a larger priced item, I can't help but check it out at Wal Mart. Sometimes I feel so torn!
We try to support the local though.
I had also rejoiced over the stay. I guess I saw that in the comments section at another blog. We still need to keep pushing, though, to get this repealed next year!!!!
Ah, so your daughter nabbed the bracelet, huh? That little pouch is perfect for something like storing business cards. I used mine for my jewelry on the trip.
It was nice meeting you this weekend!
I look at it this way, I do not want my own efforts to be frugal to exploit others or to possibly expose my children to harmful materials. No matter how cheap an item is to us, someone else paid for the production in some way. (Have you seen The Story of Stuff video?)
So yes, I do save up and shop for fewer quality items when it comes to purchasing new items. :)
I think that thrift stores and yard sales can be a good bet as long as you stay on top of recalls and use some common sense (no painted items, no teething items etc) As a bonus, I'm saving something from being tossed in a landfill.
All of this craziness with the CPSIA has really made me think about what I buy... I don't have the money to buy many handmade items, but I've gained a new appreciation for the craftsmanship that goes into them. I realize the value of handmade items more now. I really want to buy more handmade things for my son- especially things that I want to be passed down to our future kids. There's something really special about a one of a kind blanket or toy that you can't get with store bought. Now that I'm a stay at home mom, I also really want to support other moms who help support their families buy making handmade items.
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