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Posting Yard Sale Signs
updated: Jun 15, 2014, 9:08 AM

By Edhat Subscriber

Hello.... does anyone know if there is an ordinance or any restrictions on posting Yard Sale or Garage Sale signs in Goleta?

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 COMMENT 528255P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 09:23 AM

There probably is, and I say, "to hell with intrusive government bureaucrats!" Just be considerate about where you post the signs, and remove them promptly after the sale is over. Regulating every aspect of our lives is too costly, too nanny-state, and deserves our scorn; we revolt by ignoring them and behaving like normal, responsible adults.


 COMMENT 528258 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 09:35 AM

If there is, it would be in the Goleta Municipal Code which is available online.


 COMMENT 528259 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 09:35 AM

I've spent the last 30 minutes poring over the Goleta ordinances and can't seem to even find mention of a garage sale, let alone restrictions on signage.


 COMMENT 528261P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 09:37 AM

Maybe the OP is wondering because the number of garage sale signs that are left up or posted inconsiderately.


 FLICKA agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 09:51 AM

It's important to take the signs down when the sale is over. Here in Carp they don't want them posted on telephone poles, and, of course, trees are out.


 COMMENT 528270 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 10:05 AM

It is a violation to post anything on a utility pole, traffic signal pole, etc. No signs are allowed in the easements of public roads and/or parkways between sidewalks and the street. That would be for any jurisdiction, cities or the unincorporated areas. Really, the only place to post a legal sign is on community bulletin boards; otherwise you need a permit. Most cities allow only one garage sale (estate sale, etc) no more than once a year.


 COMMENT 528272P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 10:34 AM

Yes please DO take them down after - and all the tape too. We are on a corner where folks attach them to the Stop sign. Nothing so scruffy (or misleading) as a sign for a Garage Sale that's long gone....


 COMMENT 528273 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 10:37 AM

you can post your garage sale for free on Craigslist... nearly everyone looks there and I have gotten rid of many things that way.


 COMMENT 528274P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 11:04 AM

Yard sale signs are a necessary evil and not everyone is responsible about taking them down. I understand that people need to advertise to sell their things. The signs aren't bothering anyone. People love to go to yard sales. Some people can't afford to buy everything new. Not everyone is on the internet either.

Just take older signs down when you can. I often remove them, when I am on my walks----making sure the sale has been over for at least two days. Sometimes people can't get to their signs right away. Then I recycle the signs.

Having yard sales is exhausting work, the least happy part is having to post the signs. However, these signs serve a gainful purpose: repurposing items is a good thing. Helping out those who can't afford to shop for new stuff or don't want to pay the extortionate prices demanded at most thrift stores is a good thing.

No ordinance or campaigning against yard sale signs, please. The sales serve a worthy purpose. Are a few left-behind signs really such a blight?

I realize the left behind staples and nails and tape are a bad thing, but I think advertising yard sales is beneficial and for the common good. Better than sending your "old junk" off to the landfill.


 COMMENT 528281P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 11:58 AM

OP: Are you asking because you're planning on having a yard sale or asking because you think yard sale signs shouldn't be posted?

Despite what a lot of people seem to think, our local thrift stores are mighty picky about what they'll pick up from your home. Even if you go to drop things off, some Thrift stores have their employees bar you from dropping off certain items.
When there are yard sales, items that may not be taken in at the thrift stores can be sold and given a second chance, as it were, to be useful.
Swap meets charge such high fees now, and these fees cut into the sellers' profits. Not to mention the fact that you have to haul your items to SBHS or Earl Warren or wherever. This means you have to have a large enough vehicle or borrow one from a friend. What if you have a lot of furniture you need to sell?
We have become such a peripatetic society. Constantly changing addresses, moving from rentals to home-owning or moving from state-to-state. Students need to buy low and sell before they move back home.
Yard sales are great. They get people out of their houses and a great many people find items they need or just fun little treasures. Yard sales can be a real social mecca, too. You can meet people and exchange business cards and so on. I think a few signs left on poles are a small price to pay for recycling things and making people happy.


 COMMENT 528282 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 12:02 PM

The Carp ordinance against signs is ridiculous and now everyone hauls out their vehicle and parks it somewhere with the sign on it. The code enforcement weasels write tickets to people with a sign up somewhere on a pole. It's just nanny-state intrusion.

The signs aren't a problem even if left up because someone, like the Carp beautiful volunteers, take down the ones that got left. No need for the police. Even in uptight Montecito you can have a sign anywhere and a few days and they're all down. I hope Goleta finds better things to do with their government authority than this chicken crap.


 COMMENT 528334P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 05:40 PM

How nice to have the sociopathic attitude that "someone else will clean it up".


 AUNTIE S. agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-15 08:52 PM

Good citizen, 274P. Thank you.


 COMMENT 528382 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-16 07:27 AM

Date the signs so as to not have them taken down prematurally


 COMMENT 528386P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-16 08:10 AM

In many parts of the country I have noticed that garage/yard sale signs are marked on cardboard boxes which are then put on corners with a brick or other weight inside. No one sticks, tapes, nails signs to public poles or utility posts. This might be an improvement over the hodgepodge and tacky mess we see for weeks after the sale is finished.


 COMMENT 528411 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-06-16 09:47 AM

255P for the WIN!


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