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Officials remind you to follow the rules on garage sales this summer


UNDATED (WSAU) -- Summer means it's time for yard sales, but before you plop down that sign and put out an ad, you'll want to check with your city or village hall first to make sure you're doing it right.

A number of central Wisconsin communities have ordinances in place that require garage sales to be short term occurrences. That includes Wausau and Rothschild. Rothschild police chief Jeremy Hunt says residents there need to be respectful with how they're running their yard sales. "Can't be more than 7 days in a row, and not more than 72 consecutive hours, just to try to keep people from having garages sales that run real late at night, even though it's light until 9 o'clock now, and so that people don't run them too early in the morning."

Stevens point and Marshfield currently do not have any ordinances in place regarding sales, but Marshfield building administrator Sam Schroeder says Marshfield is looking at limiting how long a garage sale may be running soon. "Just cause you want to keep the peace in the neighborhood, and you don't want cars parked up all over the street, coming up and down the driveway. It's just a courtesy thing."

In most communities however, you need to keep your yard sale signs out of the public right of way. Hunt explains. "We do not get a lot complaints with people putting up signs, we just ask that they don't block traffic, sidewalks, and that they remove their signs when they're done. And that they don't put them up on telephone poles."

If you do have any questions about garage sales, contact your local municipality.