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Use caution with yard/garage sales

Warm weather and spring-cleaning are bringing on the seasonal phenomena of yard and garage sales. Flea markets are intermingled with such activities, too.

This American innovation is found in Hometown, U.S.A., in every crossroads community, small towns and large, even in New York City.

Dates and times are publicized, signs made and placed around the community, items gathered and priced, sufficient change gathered.

As the set time approaches, shoppers and gawkers arrive early, seeking that prized item at a low price.

Of course, they want it at a lower price.

Considerable work and planning are necessary, yet there are precautions to take by all parties involved.

Some localities have specific laws pertaining to yard sales to be followed, or else.

The Town of Pulaski requires that those having yard sales obtain a permit at no cost. Residents in town can have three yard sales a year for two days each.

Warnings have stressed banned or dangerous placement of yard sale signs, but seems to fall on deaf ears. Parking in neighborhoods also poses problems at times when eager drivers can hardly wait to go “shopping.”

A drive around town and the county reveals just how much attention is “paid” to such advice. Highway rights of way, utility poles and traffic signposts seem to be magnets for such signs. Many are never removed, either.

Caution should also be taken when purchasing certain items. One national publication has listed items such as bike and motorcycle helmets, child car seats, tires, mattresses, cribs, laptop computers, plasma TVs, shoes and hats as items to avoid at yard sales and flea markets.

Inherent dangers, hidden damage and costly repairs could possibly be linked to these items.

Wise decisions should be made when seeking that item at bargain prices.

Consequences could be deadly.

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