South Greensburg Puts Limits On Yard Sales

SOUTH GREENSBURG (KDKA) — The blooming of spring will soon give way to the sprouting of summer garage sales.

The yards and driveways of South Greensburg will play their part in America’s weekend tradition.

But when the friendly weekend garage sale threatens to become an everyday business, that’s when neighbors are likely to say “There ought to be a law!”

That wish may soon come true.

“We decided, with the warmer weather coming up, we would sort of define what a garage sale was,” Borough Council President Clentin Martin said.

He has proposed an ordinance, which he says would prevent “people going to flea markets, buying junk that they collect in these flea markets bringing it home, then putting it into their garage, and then calling it a ‘garage sale.'”

The proposed ordinance, up for adoption next month, would limit each South Greensburg family to two yard sales per year. There’s also a time limit.

“That would be two consecutive days,” Martin says, “and they couldn’t run it all week. And they can’t run it weekly. They can’t run it monthly. Just two separate permits that would limit that. And it’s relatively inexpensive. It’s $5 a permit.”

Bottom line: If you want to sell merchandise for weeks at a time in South Greensburg, file your papers, and open a store.

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