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Code of Virginia
Title 54.1. Professions and Occupations
Subtitle V. Occupations Regulated by Local Governing Bodies
Chapter 43. Itinerant Merchants

Chapter 43. Itinerant Merchants.

§ 54.1-4300. Definitions.

As used in this chapter, unless the context requires a different meaning:

"Infant formula" or "baby formula" means any food manufactured, packaged and labeled specifically for sale for consumption by a child under the age of two years.

"Itinerant merchant" means a merchant who transports an inventory of new merchandise to a building, vacant lot, or other location and who, at that location, displays, sells or offers to sell the new merchandise to the public. Itinerant merchant shall not include a merchant with an established store, regularly open to the public; a licensed merchant with a regularly serviced supply route or location; or a merchant who purchases merchandise directly from a manufacturer.

"New merchandise" means goods or products which are not used but are in a similar condition as the goods or products wholesaled by manufacturers or suppliers to established retail stores for first-time purchase by consumers. New merchandise shall not include (i) crafts or goods made by the seller or his own household; (ii) food stuffs; (iii) the seller's own household personal property; (iv) merchandise sold by nonprofit charitable, educational or religious organizations or at events sponsored by such organizations; or (v) merchandise sold during parades, festivals, sporting or entertainment events, civic or fundraising activities sponsored by nonprofit charitable, educational or religious organizations.

"Nonprescription drug" means any substances or mixture of substances containing medicines or drugs for which no prescription is required and which are generally sold for internal or topical use in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease in human beings.

1999, c. 701; 2002, cc. 138, 529.

§ 54.1-4301. Records to be kept.

Every itinerant merchant shall keep an accurate and legible record of his acquisition of the new merchandise. The records of such acquisition shall be retained by the itinerant merchant for at least twelve months from the display, sale or offer for sale of new merchandise and shall set forth the following:

1. A complete description of the new merchandise, including but not limited to product name and quantity of the new merchandise;

2. The time, date, and place of the acquisition of the new merchandise;

3. The amount of money paid for the new merchandise; and

4. Evidence of the legitimate purchase of the new merchandise, including but not limited to a receipt or bill of lading.

1999, c. 701.

§ 54.1-4302. Officer may examine records or property.

An itinerant merchant shall permit any local, state or federal law-enforcement officer to examine the records required pursuant to § 54.1-4301 and to inspect any article listed in the record.

1999, c. 701.

§ 54.1-4303. Local ordinances.

Nothing in this chapter shall prevent any county, city or town in the Commonwealth from enacting an ordinance regulating itinerant merchants.

1999, c. 701.

§ 54.1-4304. Bona fide purchaser.

Nothing in this chapter shall affect bona fide purchaser status as to title to new merchandise otherwise applicable to an itinerant merchant.

1999, c. 701.

§ 54.1-4305. Prohibited sale of certain merchandise; penalty.

A. No itinerant merchant shall offer for sale or knowingly permit the sale of any infant formula, baby formula or nonprescription drugs. This section shall not apply to any person who maintains for public inspection a valid authorization identifying such person as an authorized representative of the manufacturer or distributor of the prohibited merchandise.

B. Any person convicted of violating this section shall be guilty of a Class 3 misdemeanor on the first offense. Upon conviction of any subsequent offense he shall be guilty of a Class 2 misdemeanor.

2002, cc. 138, 529.

§ 54.1-4306. Penalties.

Except as otherwise provided in § 54.1-4305, any licensed itinerant merchant who violates any provision of this chapter shall be guilty of a Class 4 misdemeanor.

2004, c. 127.