Monday, January 26, 2009

Etsy Feature Store: Kissing Kumquats

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As part of my Plight to Save Homemade, I have will begin featuring individuals who will be directly affected by the new CPSIA law if it goes into effect as written on February 10, 2009.

This week, I will be featuring the etsy store, Kissing Kumquats.

Kerrie and her sisters, Kellie and Kristie, started the stores as a means to "...offer the funky, fresh designs to others who love bold, graphic prints and sweet florals that do not look like something your grandmother would wear."

I love, Love, LOVE their awesome fabric designs!

<---This one is my favorite! They have the most adorable skirts on their site and they are super-affordable as well. All the skirts pictured in their shop have already been made- when you place your order, they will create the skirt you order especially for you. Whats more, they can create sizes 2T up to girls 7/8. If you're looking for a special gift for your child or a friend, be sure to check out Kissing Kumquats!

I recently chatted with Kerrie of Kissing Kumquats regarding the new CPSIA law. Here are her thoughts on the issue....

I understand the reason for the law and agree with it, to an extent.

In my opinion, large manufactures don't have the relationship with their customers that small businesses do and therefore don't share the same social conscience. We, on Etsy, are literally on a first name basis with our customers and would never, ever, use or make a product that would harm their little ones. As for those of us who make clothing or anything out of fabric...I think if the manufacturer has tested the fabric, it is redundant to test again.

I feel strongly that the law makers did not think this through at all. We are a nation know for our entrepreneurial spirit, and they have passed a law that will essentially cripple those who have put their heart and soul into that exact concept. This law should definitely have exceptions for small manufacturers including home-based businesses owners. A large percentage of sellers on Etsy who make childrens clothing/items are stay at home moms. We have made the choice to stay home with our children and found a way to make a living, or at least supplement the household income. This will effect so many of us who are essentially living the American dream. We get to stay home with our children, practice our "art" and make a living.

The fact that we have made the top 10 list on says something about how many people this is going to affect.

Kissing Kumquats is currently running a sale on all of their children's items.

According to Kerrie: "We have had such a great response to our sale that we decided to extend it until Feb.10th. and will be adding new items almost daily. Why not? We have awesome customers and I feel like they should be able to buy cute clothes for their girls, and themselves in some cases, until "d-day."
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Aimee on 4.3.09 said...

I was very impressed that Kissing Kumquats made the Top 10 List on to mention she has such cute things in her Etsy shop!
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