Saturday, July 11, 2009

Who Will Make Sure Arcadia Garage Sale Complies With Law?

Garage sale items needed at Greece Arcadia (Today's D&C)
Items can be donated from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 15, and in the same timeframe Monday, July 20, through Wednesday, July 22, at Greece Arcadia Middle School, 130 Island Cottage Road. The sale will be held from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 5 and 6 at Arcadia.

Garage sale sellers should know their inventory (D&C July 3)
The federal Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act applies to you.
The law, passed last year and tweaked earlier this year, mainly applies to children's products.
It prohibits the manufacture and resale of a variety of unsafe goods, including those deemed to have a too-high lead content and any items that have been recalled.
Knowing what has been banned can be confusing, but the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, which enforces the law, said merchants can check its Web site to find out.
Most of the law's attention has focused on manufacturers, chain stores and other distributors, including consignment shops and online merchants...
The resale law prohibits the manufacture and sale of children's products containing more than 600 parts per million of lead, and also bans three types of phthalates — chemicals used to make certain vinyl and other products soft and flexible.

SCATS ~~ The sale's organizers better be sure to check the CPSC website for the info they need to make this sale safe.

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Anonymous said...

If someone buys an item that is not up to the standards and a child is hurt the school would be responsible as well as the person that bought the garage sale space. We don't want a child to be hurt and we don't want to have to pay the damages after the suit.
question....is this like the Olympia garage sale where people could but a space and sell any items like crafts or antiques or tupperware? Or is it like Mother of Sorrows where the items were strictly donated and the organization put prices on them? Just interested.

SCATS said...

To 1:07PM ~~ The article didn't say, but it sounds like the sale they hold at Arcadia every August to raise money for that one group of special needs students. From what I saw in the past, it is all donated. However, the Greece Education Foundation's sale held at Olympia HS this past spring would also need to comply with the new law since garage sale vendors participated in that, too.

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BLOG Administration removed the first two comments posted on this thread because they won't mind :)

Anonymous said...

I can't believe things are so bad Greece resorted to becoming a secondhand store to raise money for needed programs. We have no business taking on this kind of liability or responsibility. Where are our leaders? Maybe a visit by Judy Braiman will prevent another disaster.

Anonymous said...

Actually, this is a good catch SCATS. They should eliminate these sales. It can bring nothing but trouble, the costly kind.

Anonymous said...

The whole purpose of this "sale" is to give some very needy kids some real life skills. It is more of a sheltered workshop than a money making operation. Folks donate stuff and the kids get to run the sale. There are no outside vendors.

It is sad that the government is now sticking their noses into our everyday lives. Pretty soon there will be a "Garage Sale Czar" in Washington.

Anonymous said...

It's the school district's job to be cognizant of changes in the law that impacts what they do. With all the high paid people who sit in DO, why isn't anyone paying attention to this kind of stuff? If they can't do it, hire someone who can.

Anonymous said...

ill there be any Jarts? I'm looking for a replacement set, mine have pretty much gone downhill since the dog chewed them.

Anonymous said...

From what I saw at this sale in the past there should be plenty of possibilities for lawsuits, especially over the presence of lead! There was a lot of "trash" in with the "treasures" and most everything was dirty or damaged ....UGH......