During these hard times there are more garage sales than normal any given day of the week. People are cleaning out their attics for some quick cash. What use to be as American as baseball, apple pie and Mom, has been turned into another government regulated program. The Consumer Product Safety Commission has launched “Resale Round-up,” to enforce new limits on lead in children’s products and makes it illegal to sell any items that doesn’t meet the standards or have been recalled for any other reason. Yes we now live in a time when Garage Sales are a part of the Nanny State.

Apparently in 2008 Congress set new strict standards set with the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act after a series of recalls of Chinese made toys containing lead. Originally the act was interpreted to only apply to new products but the CPSC is now applying it to used products as well. And they are serious about this. The commission has a printed a Handbook for Resale Stores and Product Resellers detailing what they cannot sell. In addition to stores, flea markets, and charities, garage sellers and internet sellers are expected to comply with the commission rules.


Nanny Tenenbaum

The CPSC is hiding behind children. Chairman Inez Tenenbaum, an Obama appointment, said, “Those who resell recalled children’s products are not only breaking the law, they are putting children’s lives at risk”. She further said “Resale stores should make safety their business and check for recalled products and hazards to children.” Tenenbaum is a frustrated want to be politician. Another lawyer that ran for congress in 2004 and lost that now has some power and views Americans as too stupid to know anything.

Someone tell Ms. Tenenbaum that retailers pay millions of dollars a year in fines for selling faulty products. I am sure they are more aware of it the some wordy politician. On the CPSC web site I found this as proof.

Kohl’s to Pay Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Drawstrings in Children’s Sweatshirts
Hill Sportswear to Pay Civil Penalty For Failing To Report Drawstrings In Children’s Sweatshirts
Maran and K.S. Trading to Pay Civil Penalties for Failing to Report Drawstrings
CPSC Joins President Obama’s Back-to-School Campaign
Information on Participating in Consumer Product Safety Summit in China, Oct. 21-26, 2009
Re-announcement of Simplicity “Close-Sleeper/Bedside Sleeper” Bassinets

There are enormous fines for selling products on the list. Fines of up to $100,000 per infraction and up to $15 million for a related series of infractions for selling products the CPSC deems unsafe. This also includes internet sellers as well.

From the Handbook
What you cannot sell or offer for sale:
› Products that have been recalled by CPSC. (see page 4)
› Toys and other articles intended for use by children, and any furniture, with paint or other surface coatings containing lead over specified amounts. (see pages 5-6)
› Products primarily intended for children age 12 or younger with lead content over a specific amount. (see pages 5-6)
› Certain toys or child care articles that contain any one of six prohibited chemicals known as phthalates, which are primarily used as plasticizers. (see page 7)
› Other products that violate CPSC’s safety standards, bans, rules or regulations or otherwise present a substantial product hazard. (see pages 8-20)

Don’t get me wrong, I think we need to protect kids. But it is not the government’s place to regulate it. Whatever happened to common sense in this country? Did we vote that out last November too?

At the rate we are going, we soon will have no clothes to wear, no houses to live in, no cars to drive, no cows to eat and no cell phones or computers (they contain PLASTIC). But then Obama and the dirt people are working towards that goal.

But at least we will be protected from all danger. In a perfect world there is no need for garage sells because the Nanny State will provide all we need.