Most cities and towns require you to take out a temporary permit for a yard sale; of course, very few residents actually bother to do that or are even aware of the local ordinance.
No one usually turns you into the police for the infraction though...except that's exactly what happened to this man on Saturday.
Peabody police received a call at 3:19 p.m. from a person who reported that a resident on County Street was holding a yard sale without a permit.
Officer Mark Falco responded to the scene and spoke with the resident. Falco said the man agreed to close up shop for the day and take everything back inside.
Falco also informed the man he would be receiving an actual citation for violating a city ordinance.
So if you are planning on holding a yard sale in the future, stop by the City Clerk's office first. Permits are only $5 per day and limited to twice a year. And no, you can't affix your signs to city property, such as utility poles or street signs.