PA Town Says Citizens Can Only Have Two Garage Sales Per Year


Yard sale on Green Street in .

This story is likely to strike up quite a debate.

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.

I’m conflicted on this at first glance. The proposed ordinance would be put in place to 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.’” That makes sense and I certainly don’t want my neighbors holding year round flea markets in their garages.

On the other hand, though, this is America. We are either a free nation or we aren’t. People can decide what to do on their private property or they can’t. While I would not endorse a year round garage sale next door, I also would use my God granted freedom to choose not to live next door to someone who is doing it.

Further more, I would guess the numbers of people doing this are very, very small. The vast, wide majority of people holding garage sales are people who do it once or only a few times per year. So because of the decisions of a small number of people, everyone get swept into the law of intrusive government nosing around where it shouldn’t.

My two…

-Eric Odom


  • Ed Watts

    In my town, not only is one limited to two garage sales per year, but it is also required that a permit be acquired — at a nominal fee — and the sale is limited to one forty-eight-hour period. Except for the illegal aliens, of course; many of them have 24/7/365 sales…unpermitted, of course, but never harassed by the city.

  • Zoly

    Around here the folks most likely to have repeat garage sales are illegals
    Theyalso go to flea markets and park on the street , usually with a pickup full
    of puppies for sale. They breed to sell, just poor little puppies to anyone with
    money. We have to have permits here to do yard/garage sales. It is necessary
    its always 10% of the people who abuse any small privilege and make it miserable
    for the rest of us who do follow rules and are donsiderate.