|4127 Braddock Road|
Just when the illegal yard sales at 3908 and 4508 Braddock Road appear to have disappeared, at least for the time being, another one has popped up at 4127 Braddock.
Braddock Road resident Richard Zambito, who has made it his personal mission to get Fairfax County to shut down these “extreme yard” sales, saw a commercial truck July 14 unloading refrigerators, washers, dryers, grills, gym equipment, rugs, furniture, vacuums, and other items on the front yard at 4127 Braddock Road. Traffic was backed up all along the street, as people stopped to check out the “bazaar.”
Zambito noticed an elderly man on the corner apparently serving as a “spotter” to alert the sellers in case the police show up. “They know how to outwit county officials by doing this on the weekends,” he says.
Susan Epstein, code compliance supervisor in the Fairfax County Department of Code Compliance, sent an email to Zambito July 16 promising to open an investigation of yard sales at 4127 Braddock Road. Epstein notes that there was a zoning violation at that property in 2010, and the residents at that time subsequently moved out.
The property, which is in the Lincolnia Heights neighborhood, is a rental; the owner lives in Falls Church.
“It is beginning to appear as if this may be a well-organized black market community that is staying well below the radar screen of county officials and law enforcement,” Zambito says, “or they are copycats and know they can get away with these commercial market activities.”
He blames the lax enforcement on weak laws. The police don’t have jurisdiction for these issues, the zoning department and police don’t work together, and Supervisor Penny Gross’s hands are tied, he says, adding that it’s ludicrous that the zoning staff doesn’t work on weekends when these sales occur.
Unless the law is changed or the enforcement procedures are strengthened, “nothing will change,” Zambito