Good yard sales require planning, parking and good neighbors

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

This is part 5 in a weekly series featuring tips from the Development Services Department on maintaining and improving properties. Previous stories featured swimming pools, home businesses/occupations, SNAP grants and accessory structures.

By Emily Le Coz
Daily Journal
TUPELO – A successful yard sale requires more than a few good deals; it also takes a city permit and some careful planning.
Yard sales pop up nearly every weekend in Tupelo with the promise of rare or inexpensive finds for the shopper and hundreds of dollars for the seller. It’s a time-honored tradition, and it isn’t about to go away.
But poorly planned sales can cause headaches for neighbors and multiple violations for the host.
Tupelo requires residents to obtain a $10 permit at City Hall before the sale. Failure to do so can lead to a fine. The city also prohibits organizers from posting yard-sale signs on utility poles or any other public right of way. It’s OK, however, to advertise in your own yard or in the yards of willing neighbors.
Be sure your neighborhood allows on-street parking to accommodate multiple vehicles. If not, you risk losing business for lack of parking. Or your shoppers risk traffic violations for parking illegally. Relocating the yard sale also can solve this problem.
Even if your street allows parking, give your neighbors advance warning of the sale so they’re prepared for the increased traffic. This goes not only for carport or yard sales, but also for any type of special event – wedding reception, birthday party, holiday gathering – held at your residence.
“Just be a good neighbor in general,” said Development Services Director BJ Teal.
And when the sale ends, remove all unsold merchandise from the yard as soon as possible. Household items left outside violate a city ordinance and can result in another fine.
emily.lecoz@journalinc.com

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TO ASK A QUESTION or report code violations, call the Tupelo Development Services Department at (662) 841-6510 and ask to speak to the Code Enforcement Division