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Police chief reminds people yard sales not a good idea and may be illegal depending on local laws

Lexington, SC (Paul Kirby) – Lexington Police Chief Terrance Green took to social media recently to remind people that one rite of spring may need to be put off a bit, yard sales. His post might also act as a gentle reminder that depending on where you live, you may also need to get a permit to have one when the governor reopens our state’s economy.

As many people are working from home and springtime has arrived, they’re cleaning and sprucing up around the house. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that. People are tired of being at home and are getting bored. Staying at home, recreating on your property, and doing lots outdoors, is often the best option for you to stay moving and active. So is the cleaning.

If you’re really straightening up around your place, eventually someone in the home will realize some stuff just has to go! A yard or garage sale is usually a good way to get rid of some of your older or unused things and turn your trash into cash!

In his communication, Chief Green reminded everyone that right now, yard sales are a no-no saying, “A yard sale is not an "Essential Activity," and creates unnecessary and unlawful gatherings of people. Please be aware of the latest "Home or Work" Executive Order from South Carolina Governor McMaster which can be read in this link. EXECUTIVE ORDER

In most municipalities (towns and cities) in Lexington County, they have their own rules regarding these sales. Many require that you get a permit or limit the number of these sales you can have per year. When the state and world get back to normal, it’s probably best if you call your town hall to see if these apply to you. Just because you’ve always said you live in Chapin and have a Chapin mailing address; doesn’t mean you live in the town’s incorporated limits. Check first to see whether you are in the county or the town before moving forward. It could make a big difference in many rules that may or may not apply to you.

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