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Garage Sale Warning

Garage Sale Warning

Great finds for low prices have long made yard sales a win-win for sellers who want to unload no longer used items for a profit, and buyers looking for deep discounts on anything from trinkets to big-ticket furniture items.

Buyers and sellers both need to beware, however.  Buyers: Hazardous items that have been recalled by manufacturers can unknowingly (and, unfortunately, knowingly) be sold at garage sales.  These items pose serious health risks for consumers and should not be purchased.  Sellers: In an effort to increase consumer safety, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is now enforcing a provision within its Resale Roundup initiative that targets toys and other products that are hazardous to children.  This new provision makes it a federal crime to resell any products that have been recalled, going back well over ten years ago.  This federal law applies not only to garage sales, but also to resale shops and online stores/auctions.

Exactly how the government would track down recalled item at the hundreds of yard sales held any given weekend is a good question.  What’s more important is that both buyers and sellers become informed regarding recalled products in order to ensure the safety of consumers of all ages.

Below is a list of the top 11 recalled children’s products compiled by the CPSC:

  • Playskool Travel-Lite Play Yards (portable cribs), Mar. 10, 1993
  • Evenflo Happy Camper Play Yards (portable cribs), Jun. 25, 1997
  • Baby Trend Home and Roam (portable cribs), Jan. 3, 1995
  • Baby Express Portable Cribs and Play Yards, Feb. 28, 2001
  • Magnetix Magnetic Building Sets, Mar. 31, 2006
  • Easy-Bake Ovens, Jul. 19, 2007
  • Polly Pocket dolls with magnets, Aug. 15, 2007, Nov. 21, 2006
  • Simplicity Drop Side Cribs, July 2, 2009, Sept. 17, 2008, Sept. 21, 2007
  • Simplicity Bassinets (includes bassinets with Graco or Winnie the Pooh motif), Sep. 11, 2008, Aug. 28, 2008 & Aug. 27, 2008
  • Hill Sportswear hooded drawstring sweatshirts, Feb. 12, 2009
  • Evenflo Envision high chairs, April 2, 2009

For photos of these items, go to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

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Terri Hall

Terri Hall lives in the Hudson Valley with her family. In addition to writing, Terri works with public television and radio stations/networks in the area of new media, and leads workshops on authentic and empowered living.


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11:45AM PDT on Jun 3, 2015

Watch out!
Thanks Terri.

10:34PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

Thanks for the info.

6:59PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Thank you.

6:58PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Thank you.

6:58PM PDT on Oct 16, 2012

Thank you.

5:08AM PDT on Aug 25, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:54AM PST on Dec 19, 2010

Never ever by a car seat at a garage sale! You can't trust a stranger with your child!!

6:12AM PDT on Aug 20, 2010

Thanks for this article..

7:26AM PDT on Aug 19, 2010

Thank you ~ Good post : )

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