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Yard Sales By Permit Only

Residents are actually required to obtain a temporary permit to hold a yard sale, although few do.

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. 

Russ January 29, 2013 at 02:57 PM
Where's the business liason when you need him?
Tom Kelso January 29, 2013 at 03:48 PM
his neighbor must have too much time on their hands!!
SueB January 29, 2013 at 03:52 PM
Ridiculous!!!!! Bad Karma for whoever made that call..poor thing really has no life!
Nines January 29, 2013 at 04:24 PM
The guy holds them all the time (weekdays, weekends, during snow storms). I think he's hard up. Talked to him last year he said he was fund raising to save his dog who needed expensive medicine. I gave him a few bucks, he's a nice guy. Don't know who called. Everyone is sort of disconnected on the street since it's so busy, not much of a neighborhood feel.
Russ January 29, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Tom, Clearly you have never driven down County St. A police detail should be required for any yard sale on that street. There is no place to park. Traffic on that street is terrible!
Tom Kelso January 29, 2013 at 04:51 PM
I've driven down country street many times , I was just saying how silly it was to call the police when it could have been handled by going to the neighbor in question.
Russ January 29, 2013 at 09:31 PM
First. Can we agree: County St. is NOT a street to run a yard sale for public safety issues alone? Second. Confrontation with anyone is dangerous! Best to let the professionals handle it. Better safe than sorry.
larry brown January 29, 2013 at 10:28 PM
ive held a bunch of yard sales s' and i live on county st , and noone got killed, run over or any bad things so not sure what in the world your all tallking about, more like dont worry about county st holy crap

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