City Passes One Garage Sale Per Month Law

In Elkhart Indiana, a new law limits residents to holding only one garage sale per month. The garage sales had grown ever-present as people struggle to make ends meet during tough times, and, apparently, bothered some people. [NYT] (Photo: Todd Kravos)

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  1. chiieddy says:

    I’d love to have a yard sale but we don’t have a yard and the town says we can’t have it on the sidewalk.

    • Crabby Cakes says:

      @chiieddy: Depending on where you live, Craigslist could be an option. I’ve had some success there, but you do have to be patient and willing to sift through the crap replies.

  2. tgrwillki says:

    wow, in the article, they still throw “colored” around up there, too. That town doesn’texactly strike me as a hot bed of enlightenment,

    • crashedpc says:

      @tgrwillki: Wow, that article transitioned over to a political discussion pretty fast. And yes, gotta love how the people talk there…

    • Hate_Brian_Club_I'mNotOnlyThePresidentI'mAClient says:

      @tgrwillki:

      It’s most certainly not. I grew up ten miles north of Elkhart – my decaying former industrial town looked like Classical Athens in comparison.

      It’s going to get even worse there when the Hummer plants in South Bend, another neighboring town, close down.

      • IFeelSoRegal says:

        @Hate_Brian_Club:

        Yes, Elkhart is a very ghetto city in the Northern Indiana Region. However, I’d like you to check your facts, because the Hummer plant is in Mishawaka, not South Bend. Also, even though there is a sale there are no plans to close the plant at the moment.

      • synergy says:

        @Hate_Brian_Club: There was a Hummer plant in South Bend?? Huh. Not that I’ve lived there in 8 years, but still.

        Some of THE most backward people I’ve ever known were around there. And I grew up in Texas! :-p

    • G-Dog says:

      @tgrwillki:

      I grew up in south-west Michigan, only 30 minutes from Elkhart. People there are…different.

      And everybody is a chain smoker.

    • Bruce_A says:

      @tgrwillki: they still throw “colored” around up there

      Well, one person does anyway. I’d like to know where you’re from so I can make gross generalisations about the people there.

  3. Zanorfes says:

    Hey you can always have a virtual garage sale through craig’s list.

  4. wgrune says:

    On a somewhat related note, here in Minnesota they tried to pass a law like this too, but for a different reason. Some antique dealers (and purveyors of other junk) were using garage sales to basically run their businesses. That way they don’t have to have commercial space, parking lots, etc, etc. If lived next to a place like this I would be bothered also.

    • failurate says:

      @wgrune: Our town in Wisconsin was having the same problem. People having weekly garage and yard sales, essentially running a business without having to do all the crazy business things… like pay taxes.

    • Joeyjojo says:

      @wgrune:

      Yep. I’m in MN as well. We have a handful of ‘full time garage sale businesses’ in our neighborhood. EVERY weekend. I can see how people get annoyed with those…especially if they live right next door.

  5. goodywitch says:

    huh, I always thought the goal of limiting garage sales was to prevent a front for a fencing operation.

  6. TouchMyMonkey says:

    Well, if I lived down the street from one of those people who run the same yard sale all summer (or all year, weather permitting), I’d be all in favor of this.

  7. There's room to move as a fry cook says:

    This is not new. Other municipalities did this years or even decades ago to combat businesses masquerading as yard sales. We had one neighbour who had a “yard sale” every weekend …with new merchandise every week.

    • deeness says:

      a href=”#c8317793″>IfThenElvis: Ditto my neighbor. Brand new, tagged merchandise on racks. Everyday, weather permitting.@<

    • delicatedisarray says:

      @IfThenElvis:
      Where my parents live you can’t have a yard sale at the same address you’ve already had one at for months (I fell like it is 4, but I’m not positive). It was set in place to keep people from running buisnesses as well.

    • Jacquilynne says:

      @IfThenElvis: We have a family like that up the street from us. They have a ‘garage sale’ every weekend in the summer, and a lot of what they sell is in packages. That’s not a garage sale, that’s a store without the proper zoning.

      It doesn’t annoy me all that much — unlike real garage sales, they don’t have that many customers (the real garage sale junkies know which sales are the fake ones), and they’re across the street and down a ways, so people don’t park blocking my driveway to go there. Still, I think there are reasons why we have zoning and business licenses, and I wouldn’t be heartbroken to see this place shut down. There’s flea market / farmer’s market / whatever less than a mile away that they could be selling their stuff through.

      • HogwartsAlum says:

        @Jacquilynne:
        A lot of flea markets take a pretty hefty commission from the booth sales, though. Maybe they’re trying to avoid that.

        I would do a flea market booth. I have tons of crap to get rid of. But the rent on them is a little high also. :P

  8. jodark says:

    I don’t think this is what Congress meant by “Re-regulating a previously out of control free-market”

  9. Geekybiker says:

    Weird. Still it would be kinda of annoying to have people constantly having garage sales next door to you. Kinda like bad lawn ornaments or something.

  10. SkokieGuy says:

    And in my town, a suburb of Chicago, garage sales are limited to once a YEAR.

    The police actually made me take down a sign taped to my vehicle parked on the street near the sale.

    Signs must be on the garage sale property only, and a sign taped to a car makes it a commercial vehicle, which my vehicle is not licensed as.

    And yes, my town feels that limiting sales is a way to avoid traffic congestion and permitting people to run defacto businesses from their homes without proper licensing, tax, parking, etc. etc.

    • lannister80 says:

      @SkokieGuy: I thought you must live in Naperville until I saw your handle. :)

    • Corporate_guy says:

      @SkokieGuy: “Signs must be on the garage sale property only, and a sign taped to a car makes it a commercial vehicle, which my vehicle is not licensed as.”
      That another town specific thing? Wouldn’t a bumper sticker or any advertisement thus make a car a “commercial” vehicle?

  11. cmdrsass says:

    It’s less about reducing public annoyances and more about making sure the city gets their cut.

  12. snoop-blog says:

    It’s always the few idiots who ruin it for everybody.

    • Brazell says:

      @snoop-blog: C’mon… who needs to have yard/garage sales every month? I’m at the quarter-century mark, and in my life, I think my family has had about 10 yard sales.

  13. psuchad says:

    My town has a two sale a year ordinance and you have to get a permit.

    ~ 7:00Am – 7:00PM
    ~ Permit Required ( no fee)
    ~ 2 sales per year, per parcel
    ~ each sale, 2 consecutive days (max)
    ~ no signs on poles or on Borough right-of-way
    ~ signs posted only on the parcel where sale is held
    ~ Fines : $25 > $50 > $150

  14. parsonsdj1 says:

    In my view, the idea of a garage sale is to clear out old junk you no longer have use for and wish to sell at a mild profit. Once a month is generous, frankly, and even that frequency smacks of running a business from home. A balance needs to be struck between the rights of people to make a buck and the rights of neighbors not to be constantly barraged by traffic and the influx of customers. A chance at domestic tranquility is one of the reasons why zoning laws exist.

  15. alexcassidy says:

    I drive past a house on my way to work that has at least a “garage sale” a week. And the amphetamine-laced homeowners always seem unable or disinclined to answer any questions about the merchandise. Just sayin’

  16. HRHKingFridayXX says:

    A way around this would be to set up a listserv for the neighborhood to post sale items. Of course, that takes some of the fun and bargaining out of it. I know, its pretty much like craigslist, but this town doesn’t sound like the brightest bunch.

  17. snoop-blog says:

    this is why I think every town needs a market area where you can go set your tent up for free, and sell your shit there. My town has a day every so often where they allow everyone to set up a yard sale at a city park, so that way shoppers can do all of their yard sale shopping at one place. It was actually set up to help the shoppers save gas because of the high prices.

    • Whiskey Tango Foxtrot says:

      @snoop-blog: That is a fantastic idea!! I think I might try pitching it to the local municipality here.

    • reznicek111 says:

      @snoop-blog: I think that’s a great idea. Same situation where I live in the city, no front yards or garages, so no legal place to set up a “garage” sale. Having a community sale area would be a good solution.

    • peggyhill says:

      @snoop-blog:

      it’s called the local flea market.

    • HogwartsAlum says:

      @snoop-blog:

      Around here, once a year there is a citywide garage sale. You can set up a booth. Several communities do it. They are very popular. I went to the one in this city last year and it was so crowded I could hardly see into the booths. I almost missed the coolest antique(? could just be vintage) wooden recliner on earth. It looked just like Sweeney Todd’s barber chair.

      It lives at my house now. :D

    • quail says:

      It’s not an old idea. In North Dallas back in the 80’s a lady was fined and charged with operating a business without a license. The reason was that she held garage sales every weekend during the summer. The county and city even had laws on the books about 1 garage sale a month then too.

      @snoop-blog: The last I knew, flea markets allowed you to buy a spot for the day. Not sure what the going rate would be for your area. In the early 90’s $20 seemed to be the going rate. My family and another rented a U-Haul trailer once. Filled it with furniture we no longer needed and took it to the market. Walked out with over $600.00.

  18. Birki says:

    Sounds like these people need to team up with their neighbors and friends and rotate the sales weekly from house to house to get around the law. So sad though for these laid-off – eventually, they’ll run out of stuff to sell.

  19. Blitzgal says:

    So I was outraged about this until I read the comments here listing very logical reasons for why controlling garage sales is actually a good idea. They can always turn to eBay sales. When I was broke I made my rent that way.

  20. woohhaa says:

    I know of three houses in my neighbor hood that do the perma-yard sale thing. Talk about annoying. I wish they would pass a law like that in Tennessee.

  21. mike says:

    What about yard sales? Moving sales? Spring Cleaning sales?

    Do those not have limits?

  22. AlteredBeast (blaming the OP one article at a time.) says:

    I thought garage sales were phased out thanks to eBay. Then again, I hear eBay’s policies and fees are driving away some sellers (I used to be a powerseller years ago, but that was another life…)

    • battra92 says:

      @AlteredBeast: My brother sells on eBay and he talks about how basically eBay is putting him out of busisness because they must have more and more.

      It’s a crying shame, too.

    • CaliforniaCajun says:

      @AlteredBeast: eBay is scaring away smaller sellers by increasing listing fees, sale fees, and narrowing the approved methods of payment; money orders are now out, as are checks and cash. Since they own PayPal…you guessed it. There are discounts for using PayPal accounts versus Visa/MC.

      eBay is useful for larger merchants and those trying to clear out shipping containers full of crap from China. People can’t use it to sell their extra stuff anymore, because after eBays listing fees and increasingly expensive shipping, it just a’int worth it.

    • Landru says:

      @AlteredBeast:

      eBay is supposedly changing to a new business model, fixed price, more like amazon.

      They are wondering why they are not making as much money as they once did.

      • John says:

        @Landru: You should live in Michigan. They have them all the time. I have gotten nice garden furniture, a terra cotta wine crock for .50, a marble cheese tray for a buck and an Atari 2600 with about 30 cartridges for $10 (much to my wife’s chagrin). I dig em.

    • madanthony says:

      @AlteredBeast:

      Hey, I go to yard sales to find stuff to sell on eBay. I’ve gotten some good deals (a $3 Onkyo receiver that I sold for $50, a $15 JVC receiver that I sold for $125).

      But yard sales make sense for low-value items (dishes, non-designer clothing, video tapes) or bulky items that are a pain to ship. It’s a lot easier just to dump some stuff on your lawn and stick price tags on it than to write up descriptions and take pictures of every single item, then deal with shipping it. And for cheap stuff, the ebay and paypal fees will kill you

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        @madanthony: And there are just some things that will never sell on Craig’s List… and a lot of towns are still not covered on the Craig’s List radar.

  23. rpm773 says:

    I don’t see any problems with this. If you want to live in a place where you and your neighbors are allowed to sell your wares on the street every day, move to Timbuktu.

    And don’t tie the economic woes into this. No one wants to buy that used toilet and mattress of yours, regardless of the unemployment rate or what the Feds are charging to loan to banks.

  24. ConroyCotta says:

    This isn’t a bad idea. Some people “around here” leave lawn sales up for WEEKS- some covering the tables at night and uncovering them every morning. Others just leave the junk outside- rain or shine. It’s hideous seeing someone’s junk all over the place for days and days.
    Here’s a hint- if your old dirty teddy bears and sticky children’s toys don’t sell in one day- they’re surely not goign to sell after 2 weeks….

    • windycitygirl68 says:

      @ConroyCotta: I’m with you, friend. Even before the economy soured we had “entrepreneurs” who kept covered tables out year-round. We’ve been rallying for quite a while to get something enacted to prevent this kind of crap but to no avail – they are still selling the same used/bald tires they had out 2 years ago and I’m powerless to do anything about it.

    • fjordtjie says:

      @ConroyCotta: my next door neighbor would have a ‘garage sale’ daily from thaw to freeze on our (we live in a duplex) lawn. eventually the neighbors all went to the housing board and they made him stop doing it. now he’s allowed to have one, max of 3 days long, with approval of the housing board.

    • alexawesome says:

      @ConroyCotta: you should start an ebay business and drop your card around town. HAY GUYS, no one here wants to buy your shit, but i’ll sell it for you for a small fee.

  25. GothamGal says:

    3 kids and a factory job? How can you feel sorry for someone when they didn’t think their life plan through?

    • floraposte says:

      @GothamGal: How did he not think his life plan through? Factory jobs like those at RV plants are pretty solid and lucrative jobs, with good long-term earning potential, especially if you’ve got seniority and/or get decent overtime; that’s why their loss hits communities so hard. They’re also generally in towns with a fairly low cost of living.

      Sure, jobs can disappear there, but as I’m sure we’re all aware these days, all of our jobs can disappear. His problem isn’t that his job didn’t allow him to provide for three children, his problem is that he no longer has that job.

    • FightOnTrojans says:

      @GothamGal: You know, for some people, that’s all you need. It worked for my parents, and we lived comfortably. Leave the blue-collar worker alone.

    • jusooho says:

      @GothamGal: What job and salary do I have to earn to get your permit for another child? Please, carry your comment all the way through.

      • GothamGal says:

        @jusooho:

        Comparing the blue collar work of yesteryear with the blue collar work of today does not fly. Back then, you could definitely earn a living, have a home, a car and a family. Today you cannot do this, but these people still think that they can.

        This is one of the reasons that we have so many foreclosures today. You cannot pay for all these things. Yes there are other reasons, but I am talking about this one. I am currently on an assignment where I work with foreclosures, I see so much ignorance on the part of the consumer. Yes imagine that! People who simply did not think things through. That thought everything would be rosy when their payments skyrocketed. These bad mortgages caused a financial breakdown and now people must resort to yard sales. That’s sad, but my sympathy has already been spent.

        So, let me know if this is a comment that goes all the way through. It’s supposed to a comment, not a novel.

        • floraposte says:

          @GothamGal: That’s true of many areas, not just blue collar work. I’m in academics, and I make less than people I know in non-exempt jobs in the Rust Belt. You’re basing your judgment on an attribution error: you see the people who couldn’t make it happen, but that doesn’t tell you about the many people who can. The median house price in Elkhart is $108k, so about $650 a month mortgage; median family income, which includes families with no house and no income, is 40k and change. I’ve got an academic colleague here, who’s the sole family wage earner for spouse and three kids, who’s coping with a bigger mortgage than that (which she has to because our housing prices are higher). So I’d disagree that it’s not doable, and I’d certainly disagree that you can judge merely from the field in which somebody works that he’s taken on too much debt for his expenses.

          And I think you’re getting disasters confused here anyway, because this isn’t a story about a guy who’s in housing trouble because he overborrowed. It’s a story about a guy who’s in financial trouble because his job has disappeared. Most of us in the same circumstance would be in financial trouble, whether we have three kids, one kid, or no kid, and whether we’re feeding them from factory work, sitting behind a desk, or running a store.

  26. iMike says:

    Better to require a permit (for a fee). Equally difficult to enforce but you’d get some honest folks who’d actually pay the fee.

  27. albear says:

    Did you see that spiffy looking brown wood panel 13″ TV/VCR combo that’s some classy stuff there!

  28. TPS Reporter says:

    I’m in Elkhart, IN. And I didn’t even know they were passing this. Of course I don’t live in the incorporated area.

  29. failurate says:

    The neighborhood that I live in has a yearly spring cleaning yard sale weekend. Around 50+% of the houses participate. To have a sale outside that weekend is considered tacky.

  30. DallasPath says:

    My next door neighbors where I used to live were daily yard sale people. We had to put up with people traipsing across our yard, blocking our driveway or even parking in our driveway, and being extremely loud very early in the morning. It was horrible. Like many things, yard sales wind up needing regulations like this because of the people who have no regard for anyone besides themselves.

    • Joey_Brill says:

      @DallasPath:
      Exactly, DallasPath.

      You have to remove everything from your outdoor areas if your neighbor has a sale. I’ve had idiots knocking at the door at 7:30am asking my best price for the picnic table.

      I’ve caught people molesting my garden hose and sprinkler!

  31. TracyHamandEggs says:

    I would think most homeowners/community associations would ban these things anyway.

  32. OletheaEurystheus says:

    Im actually shocked this is a issue. Both where I live and where my in-laws live its locked down to once a month due to tax regulations. Any more than that and you could be considered a business which is actually taxed while if its a “yard sale” you dont get taxed.

  33. Gopher bond says:

    This is funny because I had two offers for a used toilet and someone took the two old mattresses I put out for the trash.

  34. Brazell says:

    Neighborhoods should be encouraged to hold annual yard sales, selling all of their junk on those days. They’d get more visitors, put up a small notice in the newspaper, church bulletin, and so on, and they’d do just fine. Plus, the people who don’t want to participate can do their own thing, i.e., disapear from the neighborhood for the day. There’s a few houses on my street that have yard sales pretty much every fair-weather Saturday and Sunday during the year, and they sell VCRs, toys, etc. Aside from it being fishy, it’s damn annoying to have junk-speculators taking up the whole street every weekend.

  35. Outrun1986 says:

    We don’t have that much of a problem with permanent yard sales here however there are houses that have one every week, how they can afford to put the 43$ ad in the paper every weekend is beyond me because thats what the paper charges to place the ad. I guess if I lived near one of these houses it would be more of a problem. Its completely obvious that these people either pick the dumpster or resell stolen merchandise as everything has target clearance tags on it and such like that you can tell where the stuff came from. Either that or you find out the person had to close a store they opened and now their excess inventory is being sold at a yard sale.

    Then you have the moochers that watch the paper and if someone else near them put an ad in the paper they set up their own shop down the street from the guy who actually paid for the ad.

    I go to MANY yard sales here and basically, nothing is moving, and the people who have them aren’t getting any sales. Its just not worth it to have one. People will go to walmart and load up on crap but they won’t go to the yard sale to get crap for less money. I had one and I had to give my stuff away (frankly I didn’t care because the stuff had to go regardless and it feels good to give to people who are obviously very poor). Its a direct result of people here getting rid of their cars due to high gas prices, most of my customers were those who walked to my yard sale some from over a mile away.

    Yard sales really need to be twice a year at most per house. There is no need for more than that. The problem is here there is no one to enforce the restriction and the police have many other things to do on the weekend other than having to worry about who is having an illegal yard sale.

  36. gnubian says:

    we were having an issue with people running professional garage sales .. buy a bunch of cheap products and resell them out of your garage

    A law was passed limiting the number and it’s really cleared things up.

  37. opsomath says:

    Wow, NIMBY-riffic.

  38. mzs says:

    I’m categorically against municipalities passing laws like these. Other people getting annoyed at little things I do is one of the reasons I moved out of a home that was in a Home Owners Association. We have one or two garage sales a year and it really helps with the useless crap piling-up in the garage and basement. I guess I am just too easy going, nothing any of my neighbors have ever done in their own property has ever upset me at all. Sometimes people put signs for their garage sales on our corner, that doesn’t bug me either.

  39. Spaztrick says:

    For the city I live in, the yard sale code has been in place for awhile.

    Permit Limitations
    Not more than three (3) permits shall be issued to the same person or for the same address within any twelve (12) month period and not more than one (1) permit shall be issued to the same person or for the same address within any one (1) quarter period.

    Sign Display
    A sign no larger than four (4) square feet in area may be displayed on the premises announcing the sale during the permitted time of sale. No sign advertising of the sale shall be posted on telephone poles, light standards, street signs or the City right-of-way. Not more than two (2) signs placed in the property lawn shall be permitted and must be removed by the last day of the permitted sale.

  40. corinthos says:

    There is an old man in my town that has a yard sale every weekend. He has tons of junk that he buys in bulk just to sell.I’m glad I don’t live near him, it would get on my nerves to live next to a guy who is basically running a business from his garage.

  41. theblackdog says:

    My church holds a Fall and a Spring yard sale, and it’s the perfect excuse for me to get rid of crap I don’t need, especially because I don’t have a yard to hold my own yard sale.

  42. lukobe says:

    OK, this is ridiculous. When I say I want government to stop meddling in people’s lives and to stop passing so many dumb laws, I don’t mean “let us sink under the weight of this financial crisis,” I mean stop passing stupid laws like this one! It’s this sort of thing that ultimately makes people think government is a waste of time and money, even if it really isn’t.

  43. ninevolt says:

    Seems like a good solution for what has been a long term problem in Elkhart.

    ( I left Elkhart specifically because I felt the RV industry would crater eventually. )

  44. coren says:

    I think this one’s a stupid law. “I’m annoyed, people have too many”. Suck it up, people have bills to pay.

  45. nerdychaz says:

    Where I grew up, in Bristol WI, the lady next door had garage sales every day and she didn’t have a real job. She would buy/find/steal things to sell at her sales. This was a business and a possible fencing operation. The town drew up an ordinance allowing each household two weekends a year for a garage sale. I believe you needed to get a free permit from town hall to hold your sale. To make the permit even more desirable, the town supplied you with free signs, balloons, and pricing stickers.

  46. JonasFalooda says:

    I grew up in Elkhart. It’s sad to see the inevitable pop of the RV bubble. I have many friends and family members out of work.

    Keep your heads up guys… I have been many places, and have yet to see a place with as many skilled workers as you all are. Those skills will bring new business.

  47. Shannon says:

    Ha, funny. My mom lives there.

  48. econobiker says:

    Old news here in Middle TN. Community I live in has a 3 per year ordinance due to the white trash who would convert their front lawns to abandoned flea markets except on Friday and Saturday…

    • ShadowFalls says:

      Nothing special, if anything they have it better. In my city, you can only have 2 per year that can last up to 3 days in a row. Likely cause of too many people running a garbage sale on their front lawn every week.

  49. xip says:

    I’m usually pretty against government intrusion. However, this kind of makes sense to me. These houses are probably not zoned for commercial activity. People shouldn’t be using their property that is zoned residential to open a flea market.

  50. emilymarion333 says:

    I used to live in a neighborhood that one family had a garage sale almost every weekend…it was so annoying. Almost every Saturday when I went to work I would be blocked in my driveway by some idiot shopping at the garage sale.

    It is just as easy to post the stuff on craigslist.org to sell the stuff. I do have to say I did buy a brand new washer and dryer from some family that was going into foreclosure recently..I got a great deal!

  51. gStein_*|bringing starpipe back|* says:

    by the title, i thought it meant only 1 garage sale city-wide per month.
    but one garage sale per household each month? that’s perfectly acceptable! number of yard sales in the past 8 years: 0 (unless you count my grandfather’s estate sale, then it’s 1)

  52. jwissick says:

    Garage sales in my area are out of control. This is a good idea.

    There was one moron next door who had a garage sale every weekend for a month. I had to call code enforcement to get it to stop.

  53. Pious_Augustus says:

    Hmmhemmmhmmm these people are from a small inbreed town of Republicans hmmhemmm they are not enlightened as us Liberals in Chicago’s North side and the Mecca of our illustrious Democratic Party San Francisco HMMhmefhhmm These savage Republicans are so vile and tainted hopefully when our Lord Obama becomes President the great purge will begin and we will force people like this into camps and we will make the Obama Youth programs our great teacher Unions have started mandatory so everyone can be enlightened.

    Now if you excuse me, I have you excuse me I have to go get in my Hybrid so I can get my latte seeing we have a flag burning to go too some US recruiters think they can recruit in our schools, baby killers. Praise be to Howard Dean and our Party and hopefully the new Democratic Party in Indiana which just recently took hold will spread our great values onto the unclean masses so soon we can be like our European Masters, gas prices and all. J

  54. oldheathen says:

    I used to complain to code enforcement about the people setting up yard sales along every vacant lot, roadside and old house in my neighborhood every single weekend, selling stereos that just fell off a truck, etc. but oddly enough, the city code enforcement officer working M-F 9-5 could not verify my complaint. :P

    The funniest example was the old guy who bought my mountain bike to tool around town while trying to sell his new Medicaid-financed power scooter every weekend.

  55. AMetamorphosis says:

    I really don’t blame this place.
    In our area we have people that hold WEEKLY ” garage sales ” and basically its a way to run a business out of your home and devalue my property because I’m beside a business and not in a truly residential neighborhood.

  56. wiretapstudios says:

    That lady in the original article said a ‘colored president’. Wow. And again, I don’t see how I should feel bad because someone lost their job (that I can sympathize with) and the fact that they have like seven kids…also, isn’t it ironic that they are smoking outside the unemployment office talking about money issues? How about quitting smoking and saving that 120 a month for rent, etc?

  57. neost says:

    We have similar laws here…and they are regularly ignored. We had one lady down the street that made ceramic figurines by the hundreds and had them out every friday/saturday trying to sell them as well as the rest of the junk around her house. Traffic was always bad, people would park in front of my driveway, blocking me in or out and were just absolutely rude if you asked them to move. The city finally told her (after multiple warnings) to shut it down or she would have to apply for a city license and a zoning exception.

  58. synergy says:

    Elkhart! Near my old college stompin’ grounds… Yeeech.

    I’m starting to see a lot more yard sales in my neighborhood. Personally I don’t care. They can sell whatever they want if they can actually find someone who isn’t in the same boat. I don’t get the whole “it’s an eyesore!” argument or whatever it is.

    Of course there’s some things, though, that I think people need to find out about Craigslist or eBay or something, though.