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March 24, 1997 | Associated Press
The kind of used household goods typically sold at garage sales for rock-bottom prices went for up to $800 a box Saturday because the castoffs carried the Rockefeller cachet. Items tagged from the Rockefeller family's Overhills Estate, which was sold to the Army, included hula hoops, chipped pottery, odd pieces of furniture.
March 24, 1998 | JOHN POPE
The City Council tonight will consider easing regulations on outdoor garage sales, which some residents have criticized as overly restrictive. Municipal codes allow residents just one garage sale a year and require a $10 permit fee. The proposal under consideration would allow as many as three garage sales in a 12-month period and eliminate the permit fee. Each sale could last up to three days, with hours limited from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
May 17, 2009
Re: "More people are selling possessions to raise cash. Here's how to avoid the pitfalls," May 10: I was very surprised when reading Andrea Chang's two articles about garage sales that both of them failed to mention reviewing the yard sale regulations of your local city. Almost all cities in Los Angeles and Orange counties have specific regulations regarding the number of allowed days per year, what can be sold, use of the sidewalk, placement of signs (if allowed at all) and especially obtaining a permit.
Garage sales are not just a job for Jim Cloar. They are a way of life. On the Saturday before Christmas, Cloar, 74, sat in his garage, on W. 139th Street near Hawthorne, amid rusted tools and other odds and ends taken on consignment from neighbors. Red signs announcing his sale hung from the opened garage door, flapping in the biting morning breeze.
January 21, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
Because of complaints about residents conducting an excessive number of garage sales, the City Council unanimously approved an ordinance this week limiting residents to two such sales a year. The council, which passed the measure in a 5-0 vote Tuesday night, also hopes the restrictions will help clear neighborhoods of the homemade signs advertising the sales. The ordinance prohibits posting signs on public property such as utility poles, street signs, walls and trees.
January 19, 1992
The City Council last week gave preliminary approval to looser regulations on garage sales. After a public hearing, the council approved an ordinance allowing residents to post as many as three signs, which may be on property away from the sale location if property owners approve. Signs can go up after noon the day before the sale, and they must be removed by 6 p.m. on the last day of the sale. No signs may be on cars, however.
December 23, 1994 | GREG HERNANDEZ
The City Council this week moved closer toward restricting garage sales by asking for an ordinance that would allow the sales on only three weekends per year. Councilman Frank Feldhaus, who has complained that the sales are causing blight in parts of the city, has brought up the issue for discussion several times in the past two months. But it was Councilman Lou Lopez, sworn in earlier this month, who proposed the restrictions.
January 3, 1998 | MIMI KO CRUZ
As the new year commences, so will a new city ordinance regulating garage sales. The ordinance, which takes effect Monday, requires residents who wish to hold a garage or yard sale to obtain a permit. Only four permits will be granted a resident each year. There will be no charge for the permits. Those who are caught conducting garage and yard sales without a permit will most likely be penalized, city officials said.
March 5, 1996
Complaints that yard sales have become a fixture at some Artesia homes could soon leave their mark on the city's municipal code. Under a proposal before the city's Beautification and Maintenance Committee, residents who want to sell used property on their front lawn would have to apply for a $25 business permit and could host only one every six months. Residents have been urging regulation of "perpetual" rummage sales for at least a year, City Manager Paul Philips said.
March 26, 1990
Restrictions on garage and yard sales will be considered by the City Council at an upcoming meeting. At last week's council meeting, the city staff was directed to investigate complaints about residents who hold weekly sales. Councilman William Mahoney reported that some residents leave their wares outside during the week. The area involved "is in a very nice part of town" and the sales are unsightly, he said.
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