Yard Sale Dispute


Saturday, January 22nd 2005, 7:21 pm
By: News On 6


James Chiavetta wants to clear the air. He says he runs a legitimate yard sale to raise money for his church, Calvary Messianic.

James Chiavetta, Yard Sale Manager: "This has been declared a legal yard sale by law enforcement. We have not stolen anything. We have witnesses that can back this up..."

But John Kramer tells a different story. He says he donated several baby items his daughter outgrew to the Salvation Army. And he's recognized those same items in Chiavetta's yard for sale.

John Kramer: "First I saw the bassinet and I said hey that's just like ours, and then I saw the bag of toys and little toybox and I was like, wow."

Kramer says he's even followed them to a Goodwill trailer and watched them stock-up.
Chiavetta says it's not true. He says the items he's selling were donated to his church, by church members and friends.

William Douglass: "yes they came from my sister some of the animals and some of the toys

Sheron Mercer: "we brought seven loads my husbands pickup...several weeks."

Tulsa police checked out the yard sale dispute. They said there's no evidence at this point that any crime has been committed. And Chiavetta says he's going to keep trying to raise money for his church.

James Chiavetta, Yard Sale Manager: "we will continue to do this because it is legal we are well within our rights and we have done nothing wrong