Sunday, July 12, 2009

BIG sale!

In case you hadn't heard already I'm offering a buy 3 get 1 free deal through July 31st. This is on all diapers and trainers-go check it out!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

GCDH wrap up

The GCDH is wrapped up but don't forget to use your 10% off code! Watch for a GREAT deal next month!

Friday, May 1, 2009

Welcome Diaper Hunters!

Welcome diaper hunters to my blog! Become a follower and be updated with codes for discounts/free shipping/store updates. Don't forget to use your Diaper Hunt discount code for 10% off anything in my shop through June.

Check out my Seconds for lots of FFS lotteries and auctions throughout the month. Snapping diapers are coming soon, in the meantime you can always start a custom order.

Happy Hunting!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I'm on twitter now! I'll be adding my widget shortly :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Monkey Bunns was featured in an article in the Standard Examiner:

Leaving the Lead Out / New consumer safety law protects children, but could hurt many businesses

Stay-at-home entrepreneur and new mom Ashley Barrett makes reusable diapers and baby leggings that range from stately argyle to shocking pink.

At about $5 a pop, selling those items on the Internet supplements her income while her husband attends Weber State University and works full time.

Barrett is about to become a criminal or be put out of business when a new federal law takes effect next month.

Her Web site,, and millions of microproducers like her are getting pinched by a new requirement that each product intended for children must be tested for lead content prior to sale.

"The testing is going to be anywhere from $75 to $300 per color, per thing on it. A onesie -- the collar is a different fabric than the main part -- and each snap also needs to be tested," Barrett said.

"It's a chemical test, so the item is destroyed in the process, so it's really hard for businesses that make one-of-a-kind items, which I make a lot of."

This catastrophe for microproducers is scheduled to hit the nation Feb. 10, a day some activists have dubbed Bankruptcy Day.

The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was passed by Congress last summer, though many say they hadn't heard about it until recently.

Written in response to the 2007 scandals related to lead-containing toy imports by big corporations, the CPSIA has no exceptions for Barrett or anyone else. On Feb. 10, all sellers of goods intended for children must comply.

That same law is responsible for other financial hardships.

Secondhand children's clothing may become scarce. Ogden Rescue Mission Bargain Mart thrift store, for example, is liquidating its children's products.

"Our intention is, we're going to eliminate the children's departments until we get a clarification," said mission executive director Gary Doud.

"It's the corner they've backed us into. What else can we do?"

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, the agency tasked with interpreting and enforcing the law, issued a news release Jan. 9 that said resellers such as thrift stores are exempt from the testing requirements.

However, that same release threatens resellers with criminal or civil penalties if they sell a lead-containing item, a risk Ogden Rescue Mission officials are not willing to take.

"We can't look at a button on one shirt and a button on another and know which one is safe and which one is not," said store manager Carla Hall.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, owner of Deseret Industries thrift stores, says no changes are planned for D.I., but they're watching the law closely.

Unrealistic law?

The Jan. 9 clarification did calm some resellers.

Buck Elton owns a franchise of Kid to Kid stores in Bountiful, Layton and Riverdale, which primarily sells used children's items.

"We're moving forward with the belief that it is just unrealistic" and either will be amended or not enforced, Elton said.

"I can't believe that our government is that dumb (to let the law go into effect). I know they are politicians -- they are nuts, I know that -- but I can't believe this is what they intended."

For now, Kid to Kid's strategy will be to compare incoming inventory against government lists of recalled items, though Elton admits that task is "almost impossible" to do perfectly.

If the item is not one of roughly 1,700 kid-related recalled products, it will be sold, Elton said.

That strategy doesn't work for the Ogden Rescue Mission. Screening each kid product would be too expensive, Hall said.

Elton has something neither the Ogden Rescue Mission nor microproducers like Barrett has: a corporate umbrella. The Kid to Kid corporation has lawyers who could defend a penalized franchisee.

What microproducers lack in terms of formal power with lobbyists and lawyers, they may overcome with online organization.

In addition to her own site, Barrett also sells her products at, a Brooklyn, N.Y.-based online shop with more than 200,000 active sellers and 2 million members. In 2008, the site sold $88 million worth of handmade crafts like Barrett's.

"As soon as we heard about it once or twice and looked into it more, we thought, 'This will have drastic implica-tions,' " said Adam Brown, Etsy spokesman. "So that's when we mobilized."

Etsy joined with competitors to form the Handmade Consortium, a group devoted to changing the law before Feb. 10. They and similar groups that have emerged enlisted their Web-connected sellers nationwide to call their congressmen and demand action.

The consortium is not celebrating yet, but some successes have resulted from its actions.

The CPSIA issue recently took sixth place in President Obama's Ideas for Change in America Competition, which solicited online votes for issues that need urgent action.

Delay sought

Some congressmen have asked for delayed implementation of the law, but nothing has been promised by committee chairmen, who are busy discussing Obama's economic recovery plan.

Top of Utah lawmakers in Washington say they support delaying implementation and amending the law.

"This probably illustrates why Congress sometimes needs to take more time to react and interview real people to see how our proposed laws impact them," Rep. Rob Bishop says in a written statement.

Officials in Sen. Bob Bennett's office said he's concerned about the impact on business.

"(Bennett) has spoken with Nancy Nord, acting chairman of the Consumer Product Safety Commission, and asked her to meet with him next week for further discussion on this issue," his office wrote in a statement.

Sen. Orrin Hatch's office said he is very busy and does not sit on any committees relevant to the issue.

ALL Monkey Bunns products have been verified by an XRF gun or by 3rd party certificates. I will continue to sell cloth diapers until they are sold out (I'm busy sewing tons more up before February 9th). I am hoping I will be able to continue to sell diapers but if the law doesn't change I will be featuring non-baby related items. Please contact your state representatives in Washington DC about this important matter!

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Words cannot express...

Words CANNOT express how angry I am at this moment! I have spent over an hour with m husband at an XRF gun (an x-ray gun that tells you what elements-especially lead-are in an item) that was designed specifically to look at the amount of lead found in toys, materials, etc. Of course everything my husband (a Chemistry major who has said no less than 100 times that there is not lead in fabric because the dyes used in fabric are VERY different than those used in paints and plastics) tested came back with minimal amounts of lead (less than 300 parts per million). What an excruciating waste of time jus to cover my butt from the CPSIA! Fabric (even dyed fabric) inherentally DOES NOT contain lead! I would like to see someone send me a piece of fabric that has lead. It makes sense for this law to check itms that have metal components but if everthing is fabric or plastic WHY does it need to be tested? What a waste of time and money. Please write your senators and representatives! For more inforation on CPSIA please read some of my older posts.