Pickerington Times-Sun

Permits not required for sellers in Saturday's citywide garage sale

By MICHAEL HAYES
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In conjunction with National Garage Sale Day, the city of Pickerington will hold its own citywide garage sale Saturday, Aug. 10.

All residents are encouraged to clean out their closets, toy rooms and garages and place assorted items out for sale -- and they won't need a permit to do so.

The idea is the brainchild of city administrative assistant Lana Messmore. She said the citywide approach provides an opportunity for neighbors to get to know one another -- and perhaps save or even make a little money in the process.

"With young folks heading back to school and the winter holidays right around the corner, how better to handle it than to have a garage sale?" asked Messmore.

Currently, the city allows residents to host two garage sales per year with a free city permit. Messmore said doing away with the permitting process, at least for one day, "could be a win-win situation for our residents as well as businesses, since it will draw others to our wonderful city."

She said residents can "get rid of their old clothes, pick up some 'new' used clothes, clear out most or all of the summer toys and items they won't use next year and make way for the new things that will arrive during the holiday."

Messmore said since the garage sale is citywide, no signs are needed, although the city will allow one sign per household to be placed in front yards.

"The sign can only be put up the evening before the sale and must be removed at the close of the day of the sale," said Messmore.

A garage-sale enthusiast herself, Messmore said the event should prove profitable for both buyers and sellers.

"Personally, I like to shop at garage sales because the prices are really reasonable," she said. "I know how much money one can save on used items. In the same vein, I know how great it is at the end of the day when you've had a garage sale and (you're) counting the money you've made off of your own personal junk."

For the citywide event, there is no set time frame in which to hold a sale; however, Messmore recommended a period of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. "would cover the busiest time of the day."

As for whether it will be an annual event, Messmore said city officials will gauge the success of the Aug. 10 garage sale and make that determination in the future.

"This is the first time it's being done and I hope it is successful enough that it could become an annual event," she said.

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