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Just to follow up on my last post which many people won't read because they don't think they are retailers, I thought it would be good to point out that the federal government now considers your garage sale a "small business" and you, yes YOU, sitting in your folding chair on your driveway, a "retailer".
If you had told me that the federal government was going to be regulating garage sales three years ago, I would have said "you must be having flash backs to 1970's Eastern Europe". There's no way the federal government would have the audacity to be that intrusive into something so miniscule.
Well, welcome to a federal government that the Founding Fathers would have risen up in arms against:
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.
Maybe you didn't really care about the law before because it was only putting small retailers and work at home moms out of business. Hopefully you will care about it now that you can be slapped with a $100,000 fine for selling your kids' old books at a yard sale.