Is your yard sale legal?

In this season of garage sales, there is suddenly a lot of hand-wringing about the federal Consumer Product Safety Act that was signed into law last summer. If you read it literally, it says we could be subject to thousands of dollars in federal fines for selling yard sale stuff.

This handbook will help sellers of used products identify types of potentially hazardous products that could harm children or others. CPSC’s laws and regulations apply to anyone who sells or distributes consumer products. This includes thrift stores, consignment stores, charities, and individuals holding yard sales and flea markets.

via CPSA handbook (PDF)

Some of the more pithy commentary on the issue:

How is a yard sale a federal issue?

No matter how thrifty you are, there are just some things you should always buy new.

If we let people have yard sales, next thing you know, they’ll want to open a Wal-Mart.

Bring it on feds. My powder is dry, my arm is steady. Come mess with my yard sale.

Via TheReason.com

Traditionally this time of year, yard sales and garage sales are the most searched categories on Iwanna.com.

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