My Mom, G-d bless her, has the unbridled habit of getting rid of everything every few years. She got rid of my best clothes during my first semester away at college. She sold her best crystal and silver because she “was tired of it.” She sells her clothes after a couple of seasons, unlike me. I believe she even sold a photo album with all the pictures still in it. Nothing is safe from her garage sales: if you sit still at her house long enough on a Saturday morning, she might drag you to the sidewalk on her next garage sale and put a $5 tag on your forehead.
Imagine my alarm, then, when I read this: Your Garage Sale is Illegal
Selling old kids books, anything with metal, paint, or plastic that a kid might use, old clothes or shoes with metal components that a kid might wear? You know, any of the stuff people routinely sell at yard sales? Technically, you could be on the hook for thousands of dollars worth of fines.
Luckily years ago she already got rid of each and every single toy my siblings and I ever owned (including my most valued Barbie doll and her entire closet. Yes. I have issues on that).
On the serious side, however, is this,
Technically, you could be on the hook for thousands of dollars worth of fines. Obviously, it’s unlikely the CPSA goons are going to bust up your yard sale. But putting out a detailed booklet that reserves the right to do so is hardly encouraging about where the implementation of this legislation is heading.
Just what we all need: The nanny state bringing OSHA to the sidewalk sale.
To me, the most frustrating thing about this manual is that it actually has a good deal of useful product safety information in it; stuff that consumers should know about. If the government had just left it at that… but that would require trusting the markets, and the only entity less willing to do that than the (Democrat-controlled) 110th Congress is the (even more Democrat-controlled) 111th one.
Markets? We don’t need no steenken’ markets!