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Monthly Archives: January 2009

Clearance Sale on All Children's Items

Because of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act, which goes into effect on February 10, and the difficulty to get certification in time for all the children's items we carry, we are having a clearance sale on our stock of children's items right now. This sale only applies to items that are in stock. Unfortunately, until we have the necessary …

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Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas

“Believing is an act of the intellect assenting to the divine truth by command of the will moved by God through grace.” – St. Thomas Aquinas January 28 is the Feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, widely considered the greatest theologian and philosopher of the Catholic Church. His works systematized the Truth of the Catholic Church and combined it with Greek …

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Announcing the Catholic Store Finder!

Ever since we opened we have fielded calls from people asking where their local bookstore is. That information hasn't been readily available. Until now. After hearing about how many local Catholic stores have just suffered through their worst years in memory, we decided to accelerate the launching of our Catholic Store Finder project. You can now do a search for …

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Consumer Product Safety "Improvement" Act Updates

The word seems to be getting out about the CPSIA but whether or not that actually changes things before February 10th remains to be seen. Both Forbes and Businessweek have written about it and we have made some more updates to our Catholic CPSIA Central page.

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Feast of St. Francis de Sales

Today, January 24, the Church remembers Saint Francis de Sales, bishop, confessor, and Doctor of the Church. Francis, commonly known as the ‘Gentleman Saint' or the ‘Gentle Christ of Geneva,' spent many years preaching and defending the Faith, and guiding Protestants back to the True Faith. Early Life and Education Francis was born in the Duchy of Savoy, at the …

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How Are We the Bad Guys?

Several of our vendors didn't really appreciate being informed of the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. They accused us of being alarmist, fear mongering and wrong. After talking to some other Catholic stores it appears that these vendors are telling other Catholic stores that we are a bunch of trouble makers that are making their companies have to work …

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CPSIA Gestapo Coming Soon to a Store Near You!

One of my employees talked to his sister last night: My sister called me last night from central California. The local TV news in Fresno ran a story out their of groups of “citizen activists” with handheld lead testing devices (I did not know there was such a thing) going around to various retail stores, with TV cameras in tow …

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Pricing in a Post-CPSIA World

I'm sure that manufacturers who can actually afford this ridiculous testing WON'T be passing along these costs to consumers. If you haven't read the law, its time. What this law is not: This law does not just apply to toys This law does not just apply to stuff from China This law does not just apply to mass-produced products This …

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Praying for Life

Yesterday, we witnessed history with the inauguration of President Obama. It was objectively exciting to see, ignoring the problems I have with Obama, and in some respects it was a great moment for our country. However, it seems that unfortunately he will lose no time in reversing the “Mexico City policy” which was first instated by President Reagan in 1984 …

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Trade Organization Response to the CPSIA

Today I wandered over to all of the trade organizations related to our industry that I know of (Catholic Marketing Network, Christian Retailing, Christian Booksellers Association, Catholic Booksellers Association) to see what they had to say about the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. I looked at their home pages, I looked at the latest news sections, I looked at forums …

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