Three cheers for the Handmade Toy Alliance!

handmade wooden stacking toyWe’ve been fans of the Handmade Toy Alliance since this organization formed in 2008 in response to Congress’s [expletive deleted] Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act. This ill-conceived (and ironically named) law is the impetus for launching our Save Handmade
campaign, which we still try to keep updated as often as we can.


This week, we’re honored to be joining other bloggers and editors to let you know about some of our favorite HTA members. When we support them, it doesn’t just help a small business owner, it helps to insure that our kids–and
their kids–grow up with have access to more choices than the mass-produced
garbage from China.


One of our favorite shops on their roster and off, is the marvelous Craftsbury Kids. This exquisite
shop is beautifully curated by mom Cecilia Liebowitz, (search

it on Cool Mom Picks and you’ll see how much we love it!). There’s always something
new and fabulous on her virtual shelves, and it’s always guaranteed to be safely made, often in the US, by artists who really care about their craft.



Handmade custom gnome dollsIt’s one of my favorite go-to shopping sites for everything from heirloom handmade toys to diaper bags, nursery
decor, personalized keepsakes, and a whole lot of baby gifts. In fact, I
just gave the Sophie
Giraffe teether
at a shower in Massachusetts this weekend, and the
women all squealed, that’s the hottest toy right now!

Of course,
Cecilia has carried it for years. She’s gooooood.



But Craftsbury Kids is just one of so many HTA members we love. We encourage you to check the Handmade Toy Alliance site and find artists like Little
Sapling Toys
, Skipping
Hippos
, KLT:
Works
and so many more.

I always step back and think how lucky we are to live at a time when technology gives us access to the kind of selection we might have only found at small craft fairs or local boutiques on our travels. I just want to be sure we don’t take these little gems for granted. -Liz



Find a list of Handmade Toy
Alliance Members
like Craftsbury Kids and learn more about all the great things the alliance is doing for our children at the HTA website.


[photos: little saplings wooden stacker, warm sugar custom gnome doll]


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1 Comment

  • Reply June 24, 2010

    Jennine Heymer

    It is refreshing to see the industry banding together to fight this issue. It is a world gone mad when hand made toys are considered contraband. It would seem that the toy industry would become a watered down, syndicated homogenised mess. Although I am Australian I have been keeping a close eye one how things unfold in your great land. We have a tendency to copy cat policy and this is one I would hate to see introduced anywhere in the world. Fight the good fight people.

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