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11 February 2009 @ 07:50 am
Painted products under the new CPSIA laws  
In the days leading up to the new CPSIA law going into affect the interpretation of some of those laws has still been hotly debated.

It is still unclear, in our minds, whether paints that have already been certified as lead-free (as all of the paints we use have been from the beginning) fall under the section of the CPSIA law which requires 3rd party testing to ensure painted items meet the new "Lead Paint" limits.

There has been a stay announced allowing an extra year without required 3rd party testing for most items. This stay does not apply to items falling under the 'lead paint' category, and as such we are still unclear whether our painted toys fall under this stay or not.

Accordingly, we have removed all painted toys intended primarily for children under 12 from our main storefront for the time being. Once we have satisfied ourselves that we're safe to relist them under the new regulations we will do so.

In the meantime, if you would like to purchase one of our painted toys, and intend it for use for a child over 12 or an adult, please contact and we'll list the item privately for you.

As a side note, we have determined that all of our other items, including the recycled crayons, DO fall under the new stay, so they are relisted as of this morning. We are confident that none of the products we sell contain phthalates or lead.