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Yard Sales Start Popping Up in Wiregrass

By: Tim Elliott Email
By: Tim Elliott Email

It's that time of year! Yard sales are starting to pop up all over the wiregrass.

But Dothan city officials say in order to have a yard sale, there are a few requirements you must first meet.

Yard sales are a unique business.

One that most would say is mutually beneficial. but there are several rules you got to know if you're thinking of setting up one of your own.

Pat Palmer loves yard sales.

“I'm here because I’m addicted to yard sales!”

Every weekend for the past 45 years, she's been rummaging through people's possessions.

“Got to get that fix!” said Palmer.

Looking for the next big bargain…

“I like yard sales because you can get things you normally can't afford or you wouldn’t buy anyway,”

“Yard sales are great way to raise money for vacation, to buy things you might not really have money for,”

Sandra Ellison is running a yard sale in front of her church on Herdstrom Street.

She says the yard-sale business model is a win-win situation.

“My trash might be someone else's treasure,” said Ellison.
“This is the biggest recycling program we have in America,” added Palmer.

But the City of Dothan has rules when it's comes to yard sales.
First off, a permit is required. Second, only three yard sales per person or per address are permitted in one year. And finally a yard sale may not last longer than two consecutive days.

Ellison says so far, her yard sale is a big hit.

“They come in droves, like everything else, you think they plan it!”

And while Palmer may find a sweet deal from time to time.

“OK, I’ll take it,”

Her self-proclaimed addiction has other benefits too.

“But I really like it. It’s nice weather, it's good exercise and you meet a lot of people.
Make new friends; that’s the whole idea.

The yard sale permits issued by the City of Dothan are free of charge.
You can fill one out online or send in one through the mail.
To obtain those permits, just go to the city's website, www.dothan.org.
People caught having a yard sale without a permit could receive a $10 fine.


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