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Law doesn't allow recalled items to be sold at yard sales

Law doesn't allow recalled items to be sold at yard sales

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PROVO -- It's now illegal to sell a recalled item at a yard sale or online auction because of the passage of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.

To try and help people figure out what they should not be selling at yard sales, the Consumer Product Safety Commission released a handbook that outlines potentially dangerous products.

But don't expect to see federal regulators checking up on yard sales to make sure people are in compliance.

Provo City zoning administrator Reta Trimble says they won't be trying to enforce the federal rules. "We have no authority on the federal guidelines," she said.

So they'll just stick to enforcing their own regulations that allow five yard sales a year per household. It's also against code to post yard sale signs around town on city property.

"Light poles, trees that are in the park strip, or stop signs. Any property considered public property should not have a yard sale sign posted on it," Trimble said.

She says in Provo you don't need to have a permit to hold a yard sale and the number of yard sales seems to be similar to what they saw last year, even with the recession and people looking for ways to make some extra cash.

The Wall Street Journal reports garage sale listings on Craigslist have increased 60 percent in the past year.


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