City puts limits on yard sales

City puts limits on yard sales

There are 65 comments on the Lowell Sun story from May 5, 2010, titled City puts limits on yard sales. In it, Lowell Sun reports that:

Planning on having a yard sale? Better get a permit. The City Council unanimously approved an amendment to the city's ordinances in response to complaints about ongoing "permanent" yard sales that have cropped up around the city.

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The Patriot

Salem, MA

#21 May 6, 2010
I can understand someone having one or two a year. But one can only imagine what it must be like to live next to someone who does it all the time. The traffic and unpeacefulnes would be unreal.
Give me a break

Leominster, MA

#22 May 6, 2010
I have not even bothered to read any of the other comments. It is BS and He should and anyone else for that matter be thrown out of office for passing such a thing.

Yards sales are yards sales. Obvious Open Flea Markets posing to be yard sales is another thing.

Things are just getting out of hand in the offices in Lowell and if this idea spreads I will blame the no brain that started it.

VOTE HIM OUT OF OFFICE this person is definitely out of touch.

The ones who think this is great I'm assuming it disturbs your Saturday Morning view. I know some Lowell Residents put their nose up at yard sales long ago.

It was not in fashion ever for some there. you were a trash picker ect...

Well since moving out of Lowell many moons ago than God I did I frequent them all the time all around the state and New England and beyond and have found many Treasures and actually have rescued some real ones and some important historic finds.

It's a hobby and fun to do on both ends. Another liberty taken away. Can't wait till he is out of office he is the eye sore.

Whats next slap a transportation tax on Granny for her cane.
They all S U C K

Hudson, NH

#23 May 6, 2010
Wow the crooked electees continue to bend and twist.What next a 10 - 20% cut from all sales.....
el Pelon

El Paso, TX

#24 May 6, 2010
Can somebody tell me how many times I can take a dump without getting in trouble.
Lowell

United States

#26 May 6, 2010
el Pelon wrote:
Can somebody tell me how many times I can take a dump without getting in trouble.
I'm sorry- you'll need a permit for that
mad

Long Island City, NY

#27 May 6, 2010
You people should be ashamed of yourselfs we vote you in for the better and we get the rod end of the deal everytime. we pay enough for taxes and trash pickup and everything else that comes up. and most of us are barely making it as it is and now this and where not allowed to do what we want on our own property without charging us. It's the same everywhere we can"t celebrate our holidays the way they should be we have to change everything we we were taught and raised on because we have a mixed group of people and we wouldn't want to offend anyone just the americans that live here in there own country. why do we have to keep paying in all aspects for everyone else we did nothing we are struggling give us a break.and Thank You Rita Mercier your the only who believes in us
red

Merrifield, VA

#28 May 6, 2010
What do they sell at a yard sale beautiful Lowell, a 38 used in a robbery at the local gas station the night before?
learn from it

Leicester, MA

#29 May 6, 2010
Frank wrote:
Instead of this, why not tell the trucks to beat it, Yard sales are in front of a house, I'm pretty sure a truck isn't pulling up in front of a random house and selling.
I agree, Frank.

And, there probably exists an ordinance somewhere to deal with selling merchandise from trucks, whether parked in residential areas or not.
Lowell Resident

United States

#30 May 6, 2010
el Pelon wrote:
Can somebody tell me how many times I can take a dump without getting in trouble.
Only three if you live in Lowell!!
Resident Infuriated

Harrison, NJ

#31 May 6, 2010
The city sure is hitting a low by charging people for yardsale permits. Is there no end the the depths our city will go to make a buck???
Doug S

Newark, NJ

#32 May 6, 2010
AS yard sale is ONLY taxable if you sell items for MORE THAN THE ORIGINAL PURCHASE PRICE. sO IF YOU SELL A BASKETBALL THAT WAS $20 FOR $10, YOU DO NOT PAY TAXES. Nobody ever sells items for more at a yard sale, so there is no tax involved. If yard sale is frequent, and the owner purchases items to be resold, that too would be taxed. But the usual once a year yard sale would not be taxed..

http://www.irs.gov/newsroom/article/0,,id=174...
Actually

Woburn, MA

#33 May 6, 2010
red wrote:
What do they sell at a yard sale beautiful Lowell, a 38 used in a robbery at the local gas station the night before?
Lowell is a very historical city. You have people who have lived here their whole lives.
I have gotten some great antiques.
I love Lowell Sun posters, always see the negative in Lowell and never the positive. Next time you are in Lowell check the city out.
Open your eyes to the beautiful Historic homes in the Highlands and Belvedere. Why do I waste my time on troll posters..?

Robberies due to the recent economy are not immune to the burbs my friend. Fathers are killing their families in upscale Westford.
lowelllady

Lowell, MA

#34 May 6, 2010
Rita,

This is why we love you!
PUNKZZZ

Winthrop, MA

#35 May 6, 2010
Bill Mumphrey wrote:
It's about time, I know I can sleep easy knowing the city has brought an end to rogue yard sales. I was once traveling along minding my own business until a yard sale sign caught my eye. I followed the instructions of the crude advertisement, and soon found myself at someones yard, however much to my dismay there was no sale. As my foundations were being rattled by feelings of shock and horror, the roller coaster like ride of excitement ended with a harsh low, that is the realization that the sign was old and I had missed the opportunity to obtain the treasures of a fellow Lowellian. The worst part is just a few days later I saw a brilliant beacon on a telephone poll, a sign informing all who passed by of a "PIG ROAST TODAY", I never followed that sign, and I'll never know if I could have enjoyed roasting a pig with strangers.
Bill, that was great. Thank you.
free stuff

Buzzards Bay, MA

#36 May 6, 2010
if Iopen my gate and put up a sign that says free stuff do I need a permit???????
help please

Buzzards Bay, MA

#37 May 6, 2010
theres this guy in the highlands in a garage , he practicly gives his stuff away hardly makes money thats for sure. he will be missed,I'm homless at library using computer, thanks friend!!!!!!
Joke

Pittsburgh, PA

#38 May 6, 2010
This is a joke. Are there not more important issues to work on over there? I will not pull a permit - I will not pay fine - They can shove it up there azzes near where their heads are. Next thing you know, we will be boycotting AZ. Rediculous.
red

Merrifield, VA

#39 May 6, 2010
The Lowell court system is one of the busiest in the state drugs muggings hold-ups and shootings every other day. I've been around Lowell my hole life and don't need you to tell me to walk around to see how historic it is. It's a dump!
Millgirl

United States

#40 May 6, 2010
I will never have another yard sale again. I will not give one more dollar to the city of Lowell, if I don't have to.
Actually

Woburn, MA

#41 May 6, 2010
red wrote:
The Lowell court system is one of the busiest in the state drugs muggings hold-ups and shootings every other day. I've been around Lowell my hole life and don't need you to tell me to walk around to see how historic it is. It's a dump!
Oh I didn't know that the Lowell Court only serves Lowell.
You are a clown.
Shootings every other day? What is this Detroit. You probably have never left Lowell. What a joke.

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