Michael Tyrone Suggs told the Annandale blog he is “disappointed” in his neighbors for complaining about the frequent yard sales in front of the house he leases at 4500 Braddock Road, Lincolnia.
Neighbors have complained that the yard sales are unsightly and that the traffic is a nuisance and unsafe. There is nowhere to park along that part of Braddock (between Overlook Drive and Vale Street); most people visiting the yard sale park on Witch Hazel Road.
On Saturday, Jan. 7, several customers were browsing among the washing machines, dryers, refrigerators microwave ovens, audio equipment, bikes, toys, strollers, clothes, framed pictures, and other items along the street. A fairly new GE washer was priced at $500.
Suggs said he’s been told by the police that he can’t have more than two yard sales a year and that he will need to purchase a permit for additional yard sales. “I hate to be anti-neighbor but I’m thinking of shutting down,” he said.
According to Fairfax County zoning ordinances, occupants of homes in areas zoned residential are restricted to two yard sales a year, and the sales must be “limited to items not purchased for resale.” Permits are needed for community-wide yard sales but we couldn’t find anything about permit requirements for individual yard sales.
Suggs said he gets the appliances lining his front yard at auctions or from the Salvation Army. He wants people to know he is a veteran and a patriot and that he contributes about $1,000 of his annual yard sale profits to the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars), Disabled American Veterans, and other veterans groups. “Let’s see how much they donate to humanitarian causes,” he said of his neighbors.