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Commercial garage sale permit is too expensive

Nov. 29, 2012 at 5:29 a.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

I read in the paper about garage sale requirements, which I have no problem with. However, I did encounter a situation after my brother and sister passed away in a matter of a few months. We had rented a storage unit for each of them to store their things in until we had the time to have a garage sale. We decided to hold the sale from the storage units, since it was more than any garage could hold. However, when I went to city hall to get the permit, I was told that the permit would be $640. After I picked myself up from the floor, I asked why, and this is what I was told: It was being held from a commercial building, therefore it was $80 for the permit and $80 for each person that was helping. I had asked my two sisters and their husbands, one nephew, one niece plus myself. Needless to say, it was not worth the expense, so everything went to Goodwill.

Betty Albrecht, Victoria

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