City Wants To Control Garage Sales


If you live in South Greensburg, Pa., and intend to make a little money by having a garage sale this summer, make sure you factor in the fee.

A garage sale permit is only $5, but it has some wondering if the city is overstepping its bounds.

In an attempt to prevent junky garage sales, the city wants to make it difficult for citizens to have them. “We decided, with the warmer weather coming up, we would sort of define what a garage sale was,” Borough Council President Clentin Martin said.

They are trying to avoid, “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.’”

Not only would the proposed ordinance make individuals pay a fee in order to have a sale, it would also limit the number of times they could have one.

The ordinance would limit each family to two sales per year. Also, each sale has to be over two consecutive days, and a separate permit would have to be purchased for each garage sale.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.