Unless I'm misunderstanding, the city allows *each house* to hold a
garage sale 4x per year, it's not that there are just 4 dates per year
that everybody can have one, with none allowed the other 361 days.
Every 3 months should be plenty often for a given person to hold one,
and there will be many going on any given weekend to collect more
Seems a good compromise between allowing an eternal flea market
business and prohibiting them altogether.
Why get the city involved in something that could easily be handled
We had a family in a rent-house on our street that put new furniture in
their driveway every weekend. They evidently got it from a family member who
owned a furniture store and used the busy street access as a marketing tool.
I and two other burly neighbors visited the renter. The conversation went
Us: "We object to your furniture store on our street. We don't like it. We
REALLY don't like it. Should you continue being a poor neighbor, we'll have
to take steps. Steps you won't like. Steps you REALLY won't like."
There was no more faux garage sale crap on the street and the family moved
away shortly thereafter.
Menacing and threatening is a good way to end up in jail, in most towns.
I have no heartburn with a max 4x per year garage sale rule. After years
of living in this town, I recognize many of the addresses in the garage
sale ads, they hold so many of them. If I were one of their neighbors,
I'd be pissed, too. Overpriced crap in an off-the-books store. I would
draw the line at having to pay for permits to hold a sale, though. The
broke local govts. have more important things to do.
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