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  • Let's be neighborly when it comes to yard sales

  • Friday morning I woke to heavy traffic and cars parked everywhere. My neighbor was having a yard sale. My driveway was blocked by inconsiderate people. I complained to my neighbor. She said she would not tell people where to park. We will not speak again!
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  • Friday morning I woke to heavy traffic and cars parked everywhere. My neighbor was having a yard sale. My driveway was blocked by inconsiderate people. I complained to my neighbor. She said she would not tell people where to park. We will not speak again!
    Aren't yard sales regulated? Who is responsible for the congestion and inconvenience, and are there any enforceable rules or code of conduct for shoppers?
    - Steve, Central Point
    We here at Since You Asked feel your pain. The aftermath of Spring cleaning is often an epidemic of yard sales, which can cause, along with great deals, congestion and inconvenience.
    While there are specific regulations for hosting a garage sale, there are no official regulations for shoppers.
    Hosts of yard sales and shoppers should be considerate of neighbors, but no one is responsible for enforcing considerate behavior.
    However, the drivers who blocked your driveway were violating Oregon law. Your neighbor is right for saying she could not tell people where to park, but a police officer could issue a citation for violating this parking prohibition.
    According to Jackson County ordinances, yard sales cannot take place at the same location more than three times per year, and each sale must not exceed three days in length. Hours of operation are also limited to 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Yard sales held within city limits are also subject to the ordinances of that city. Yours can be found at www.centralpointoregon.gov.
    As long as your neighbor was not violating these regulations, she technically did nothing wrong.
    Finally, Steve, we hate to see neighbors ripped apart over a yard sale, and sincerely hope you will talk to your neighbor again.
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