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October 1, 1996
Once again we find ourselves legislating our way out of much-needed community management. Restricting yard sales may sound practical but here is my take on the subject ("Council Moves to Put Curbs on Yard Sales," Sept. 25). I live in a neighborhood of apartment dwellers. Every weekend numerous yard sales appear up and down the street, inviting conversation from neighbors who would normally just walk past one another. I have enjoyed meeting many new friends and neighbors while laughing about the demise of the lava lamp or the good ol' days of vinyl recordings.
April 24, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Ever wanted to own something that previously belonged to a celebrity? Teri Hatcher's celebrity yard sale and auction on Saturday offers up that chance.  Hatcher is to preside over the sale of new and used items from stars includng Ellen DeGeneres, Portia de Rossi, Vanessa Williams, Al Pacino, Jason Alexander, Ray Romano, Katey Sagal and more. Proceeds are earmarked for the Juvenile Arthritis Assn. The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Americana at Brand , 889 Americana Way, Glendale.
July 8, 1996 | Maggie Barnett
Signs of the 'Hood Garage sales have become suburban institutions that say as much about communities as they do about individuals. In older enclaves such as Toluca Lake and Sherman Oaks, antiques prevail, and rustic Sunland-Tujunga also offers horse tack. Encino seems to be the place for used exercise equipment. . . . In Reseda, where whole apartment complexes stage joint yard sales, it's kids' clothes and toys. Along Topanga Canyon Boulevard, beach bums can find tie-dyed bikinis.
January 20, 2013 | By Scott J. Wilson
Can you make money buying hidden treasures at yard and garage sales, then reselling them? The experts say you can, but don't expect it to be easy. Some advice from the pros: •Focus on a particular type of item. "Start with something you really like and have a strong interest in," recommended Aaron LaPedis, author of "The Garage Sale Millionaire. " "This will ensure that the treasure-hunting process will be much more fulfilling, as well as more profitable for you. " Research your specialty to see which items are most in demand.
July 23, 1992
Residents who have yard sales without first obtaining a city permit will be subject to a $20 fine under a new policy approved Tuesday. The City Council also voted to increase the fee for the permit from $1.50 to $2. Community Development Director Donald Hopper said that during the summer months there is a proliferation of yard sale signs placed illegally on utility poles and trees. It costs the city between $150 to $200 a week to have a staff member remove the signs, Hopper said.
May 27, 1990
Homeowners who are thinking about holding a spring garage sale should check with their insurance agent first, according to a consumers' insurance-education group. According to the Western Insurance Information Service, consumers can generally rely on their homeowners policy to provide liability coverage if the garage or yard sale is an irregular event. But homeowners who have regularly scheduled sales geared toward making a profit may need to buy insurance to cover a business pursuit.
March 4, 1993
The City Council has adopted new code regulations for yard sales, limiting them to twice a year and restricting hours to 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Only personal items may be sold; residents may not resell bulk-item purchases. Signs are limited to one double-faced, six-square-foot poster on the property only. A $5 yard-sale permit is required. Information: (818) 307-1315.
February 24, 1996
If one Culver City council member has his way, garage and yard sales will be a thing of the past. "I think they're really a revulsion; they're ugly," Councilman Jim Boulgarides said. "I don't want to be anywhere dumpy. I want [the city] to be nice, simple, small and clean." Sellers spread their wares all over their front lawns, which attracts the attention of passersby and creates traffic jams in neighborhoods, Boulgarides complained.
January 9, 1995 | MARTIN MILLER
The City Council will consider two different ordinances to regulate garage and yard sales Tuesday. The first proposal would limit such sales to three times a year, at the discretion of the resident holding the event. The other proposal would restrict sales to the first weekends in February, June and October of each year. The council, which may not pass either proposal, has discussed putting restrictions on the sales at its three previous meetings.
June 3, 1999 | MARC BALLON, Marc Ballon covers small business and entrepreneurial issues for The Times. He can be reached at (714) 966-7439 and at
Charming though they may be, yard sales are often a frustrating experience. Those holding them have few good ways to publicize them beyond placing ads deep in the classifieds or putting up street signs. Those attending them often leave disappointed, unless they have a thing for Bee Gees albums or torn paperbacks. Dan and Karen MacDonald believe there's a better way. They have introduced a new service, 1-800-Yard-Sale, to make it easier for yard buyers and sellers to find each other.
June 30, 2010 | By Liz Sly, Los Angeles Times
On the outskirts of this former insurgent stronghold, Munir Ibrahim Ismail and his family have taken up residence in an American military latrine. They picked up the trailer full of toilets at a junkyard for about $5,000 — less than it would have cost them to build a real house — and set to work. They tore out the toilet bowls and scrubbed the trailer for days with disinfectant. They ripped off tiles, poured a concrete floor and added a window. They erected a divider to create two rooms and tacked on a concrete kitchen at the back.
December 19, 2009 | By Deborah Netburn
Popular children's author and illustrator David Shannon put out a book last year that made kids laugh and their parents cry. The book is called "Too Many Toys" and tells the story of a boy named Spencer who floats happily around his house on a cascading river of toys. But when his dad steps on a Lego piece in his bare feet (ouch!) and his mom trips over race cars while doing the laundry (youch!) they decide that Spencer has too many toys. And so begins an epic negotiation in which Spencer tells his mom he cannot relinquish any toys.
September 3, 2009 | P.J. Huffstutter
Deejay Chris Oaks hunched over a studio soundboard at WFIN-AM radio, ignoring the cramp in his lower back and the flashing lights from the phone lines. He listened to the voice in his headphones: a man calling in to sell a pair of air conditioners for $60 each. "I need the money more than I need to stay cool," the man said. Oaks nodded. "I hope you're not selling all that you have," he said as the temperature outside hovered in the mid-90s. "You may need one." For more than seven years, Oaks, a skinny, mustachioed man of 42 whose uniform is a rumpled plaid polo shirt and faded jeans, has broadcast radio want ads over the expanse of Ohio farmland.
August 14, 2009 | Baltimore Sun
A woman whose home was burglarized was shocked to spot her belongings offered at a neighbor's yard sale. Police in Anne Arundel County, Md., said the woman recognized items -- including Christmas decorations, Beanie Babies, a dresser and a fur coat -- being sold by a man who was wearing one of her T-shirts. Authorities said they found $25,000 worth of her clothes, furnishings and other possessions on the property. The woman, who had been living with her daughter while her home was in foreclosure, discovered last week that her house had been burglarized.
December 6, 2008 | CHRIS ERSKINE
Every household should have its own economic stimulus package. In our case, it's a yard sale -- the ultimate in recycling. Memo to White House: Out here in the hinterlands, where dogs run free and children frolic safe and worry-free in the warm sunshine, we have discovered a sure cure to our nation's economic doldrums. If everyone could get together and hold one gigantic yard sale, we could raise enough money to bail out the banks, the automakers and my wife, Posh's, Visa account.
August 16, 2008 | David A. Keeps
In WHAT had been a parking lot for a Monterey-style bungalow court in West Hollywood, four showrooms have established an alfresco design destination they have dubbed the Almont Yard. "It's a group-effort place for us to entertain filled with good old junk," says antiquarian Nathan Turner. "That's junk as in j-u-n-q-u-e," adds Joe Lucas, who opened the latest addition, Harbinger, this month with partner Parrish Chilcoat, above.
March 10, 1995 | PHILIP BRANDES
"Yard Sale," a new play developed at Company of Angels, succeeds as a slice-of-life ensemble piece through deceptively unglamorous emotional honesty. Tish Smiley's portrait of the parent-child dynamics in a modern dysfunctional middle-class family doesn't sparkle with clever lines or newly mined insights.
July 16, 1989 | RICHARD BEENE, Times Staff Writer
When the loss is great enough and it seems the happiness of yesterday is overshadowed by the uncertainty of the future, Christy Kolbet will tell you that there is refuge in the kindness of strangers. There were the two children who dropped off their favorite toys, the toddler in the red jumpsuit who put a nickel in the donation box and the anonymous young man who stopped by just long enough to add his $5.
December 12, 2006 | Roger Lowenstein, ROGER LOWENSTEIN is the founder and executive director of the Los Angeles Leadership Academy, a public charter middle and high school in Koreatown.
IF ANYONE NEEDED evidence of the chronic underfunding of public education in Los Angeles, one only had to show up at 8 a.m. Saturday morning at Creative Artists Agency's world headquarters in Beverly Hills. The talent agency, about to move into new offices in Century City, offered its castoff office furniture to the Los Angeles Unified School District.
December 10, 2006 | Gary Polakovic, Times Staff Writer
Only in Hollywood can a yard sale for a minor celebrity escalate into a hyperventilated national entertainment event. That's what happened this weekend at the rented home of actors Tori Spelling and Dean McDermott off Mulholland Drive in Studio City. Blowing out the past to make a fresh start, the newlyweds opened their house to all comers and offered their possessions for sale Friday and Saturday.
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