|A yard sale at 4010 Braddock Road Nov. 16. [Photo taken by a neighbor]|
Fairfax County’s failure to shut down illegal, commercial yard sales in Parklawn and surrounding neighborhoods in Mason District calls into question the county’s ability and willingness to address other code enforcement issues.
Parklawn resident Richard Zambito, who’s been battling the yard sales for the past couple of years, complained to the police and code compliance officials about one at 4010 Braddock Road Nov. 16 to no avail. “If the county cannot control or mitigate these nuisance crimes, how do we ever expect them to manage RSUs?,” he said, referring to the county’s proposal to allow residential studio units.
At the yard sale, there were washing machines, refrigerators, chairs, tables, electronics, piles of clothes on a tarp, and tables full of children’s and adult shoes and boots. Some of the appliances and furniture were wrapped in plastic.
Suggs wouldn’t say where the items came from or name a sale price. “Everything is negotiable,” he said.
Suggs believes he is within his rights to hold yard sales and has been doing so along Braddock Road and nearby streets for the past two years or so. Fairfax County allows residents to have two yard sales a year at the same address. Suggs gets around that rule by having different residents agree to host yard sales on their lawns in exchange for a fee. The county, however, also prohibits the resale of commercial merchandise at yard sales.
“These ongoing yard sales are creating traffic congestion on Braddock Road and are destroying the quality of life here,” Zambito said.
According to Zambito, the previous resident at 4009 Braddock sold his house and moved to California because of the frequent yard sales on his street and was frustrated with the ineffectiveness of what he called the “keystone cops in Fairfax County.”