City Council members removed wording that would limit when and how many garage sales a household could have according to the Code of Ordinances.
The council took a second look at proposed changes to the city’s Code of Ordinances regarding garage sales at its Monday meeting. The city leadership unanimously voted to approve the proposed changes, but removed phrasing that would limit garage sales to the months of May and October.
The idea to limit garage sales to certain months came from discussion at a meeting earlier this month.
“We were looking at it from an enforcement standpoint and we were dead wrong,” Mayor David Cook said. “We had our blinders on and weren't looking at the big picture.”
The proposed change would limit households to two permitted garage sales a year instead of the current limit of three. Estate sales are in the current definition of a garage sale and caused some concern for residents who came to speak at the meeting.
More than 20 people either spoke or showed written opposition to the proposed changes.
Ruth Brinkmann, who owns the Antique Mall of Mansfield, said garage sales spur the local economy with people spending money that in turn gets spent in the city. She added that many of the items in her business are bought at Mansfield garage sales.
“If you do not have garage sales or estate sales, these dealers of mine are going to have to go somewhere else to buy that merchandise,” she said. “Mansfield would be a loser if it did not have these.”
Resident Rod Morris says garage sales allow you to meet your neighbors, are a great way of recycling and “treasure hunting.” He expressed concerns that limiting garage sales to two months conflicts with life.
“Some people move,” he said. “And sometimes people pass away, that doesn't always happen in May or October.”
Richard Wright, director of development services, said in two years the city has received two complaints regarding garage sales.
The council will have one more reading of the proposed changes at a future meeting.
Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770