Perpetual garage sales could face fines

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH)  – Garage and yard sales are a big part of the summer season. The sale is an opportunity to get rid of things no longer needed and earn some cash.

But sometimes a yard sale seems like it never ends and can become a nuisance for neighbors.

According to a statistic on,  in 2013, there were about 165,000 sales every week in the United States.  With 690,000 people each week making purchases.   For neighbors however, yard sales can be bothersome.

“Yes, it bothers me and everyone who comes down the street. Look at it.  It’s been out there over a month,” says Denise Williams who lives on the west side of Indianapolis.

It turns out, her neighbor’s garage sale has actually been out there a lot longer.

“Well April I opened it up.  And then it started raining every day,” says Connie Croston, who then just left the merchandise sitting in her front yard, at times, covering it with tarps to keep the weather from ruining it.

When asked if she understands why neighbors would think it’s a nuisance she says, ” No.  Whose it bothering, they don’t have to look.”

But some neighbors complained to the city, and the Indianapolis Department of Code enforcement sent her a notice of violation.

The law in Marion County is straight forward.  It says, it’s unlawful to hold more than two garage sales at the same location during the same calendar year.  And it’s unlawful for a person to hold a garage sale with a duration of more than three days.  Simply put, two garage sales a year for no more than three days each.

Connie’s neighbor says her request is simple.

“Move that stuff out of the front yard.  That’s all,” says Denise Williams.  Connie says Code Enforcement is allowing her one more sale for no more than three days.  But they’ve set a deadline.

“This will all be gone then by, August the 13th,” she says.

If Connie doesn’t end the sale by the Code Enforcement date she will be cited with a ticket.   And she can be cited for each day after that she fails to wrap it up.  The fine for the first violation is not less than $50.  A second violation will cost not less than $75.

For the third and all subsequent violations, the fine is $200.  Perpetual garage or yard sale violations can be called in to the Mayor’s Action Center at 327-4MAC or click here. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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