What Items Are Illegal to Sell at a Yard Sale?


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It is illegal to sell recalled products as defined by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act at yard sales, reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Although individual resellers are not obliged to test questionable items, they are liable if yard sale items are on CPSC recall lists, states About.com.

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Items that may be illegal according to CPSC guidelines include cribs built prior to 2011, products with hazardous lead content, products with unstable or missing parts, or items for toddlers and infants, such as bed rails, bassinets, play yards and bath seats, according to About.com. Other questionable items that resellers should consult the CPSC Reseller's Guide about include bunk beds, bean bag chairs and window blind cords with loops that may cause strangulation. Any children's furniture with broken or missing parts should be discarded.

Problems with recalled items for babies and children include toxic lead on children's metal jewelry and painted toys, reports About.com. There is also hazard from small parts, such as magnets in toys, that when swallowed can cause choking or become lodged internally, according to Fox News. Although the CPSC is not specifically targeting individual resellers in its enforcement efforts, violators who sell recalled items at yard sales are subject to fines ranging from $100,000 to $15 million.

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