Eastpointe and Roseville coordinate citywide garage sales

By: Brendan Losinski | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published August 7, 2019

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EASTPOINTE/ROSEVILLE — The cities of Eastpointe and Roseville are teaming up to provide residents with a weekend of good deals.

The two communities are coordinating to designate Saturday, Aug. 17, and Sunday, Aug. 18, as a neighborhood garage sale weekend. Residents can host a garage sale without a permit on those two days. City officials believe it will benefit residents and the community as a whole.

“There’s no charge. The whole idea is we get as many people in the community involved, and the more people involved, the better the chance you are able to sell your products,” said Joe Merucci, of the Eastpointe City Manager’s Office. “If people come for these sales, they might have lunch here or buy gas here, and this supports the entire community.”

The weekend will coincide with the Recreational Authority of Roseville and Eastpointe’s Bargain Hunter’s Paradise, which it hosts each year in its parking lot at 18185 Sycamore St. Merucci said the idea is to attract as many people as possible to the community with the variety of sales.

“You can come here and come to RARE’s Bargain Hunter’s Paradise and move from sale to sale, all in the same 5.1-square-mile area,” he remarked. “It’s the first year for this type of event, but we’re hoping this will become a tradition. We want people to eventually think, ‘This is the third week of August — it’s sale weekend.’”

What makes the weekend stand apart for Eastpointe residents is that they can host a garage sale without the ordinarily required permit.

“We only allow two garage sale events per year, and this is a third one you can have, except you don’t need a permit for this one,” Merucci explained. “You still have to conform with laws like not putting signs on public property and so forth. They don’t need to sign up or join a list or anything, although next year, we might put a list together so we could post all the different sales together for people to look at and see what their options are.”

Roseville residents also are invited to join in, although they currently aren’t required to get a permit to host a garage sale.

“We would like to join in on this weekend of garage sales, even though we do not currently have any ordinances that regulate garage sales,” said Roseville City Manager Scott Adkins. “We are in the process of preparing a garage sale ordinance, because we have a few people running these sort of perpetual garage sales, which they run each weekend, and that’s not a sale as much as it is a business.”

He added that such a coordinated effort is a smart thing to do, and he shares the hope that this could become a summer tradition.

“We do want to encourage people to participate, because we think it would be successful and we think it’s a good idea for the Roseville and Eastpointe community,” Adkins said. “No registration is needed or anything like that. The only thing is we want to remind people they can’t put signs on public properties or attach them to poles belonging to DTE Energy or anything. We do like this idea for a coordinated weekend of sales though. This all makes sense and it’s good for residents and it’s good for business.”

City officials are hoping for a lot of participation from residents.

“I’ve seen it done in smaller towns before where everyone has a garage sale on the same day,” said Eastpointe Mayor Suzanne Pixley. “You usually have to get a permit, but on this day, you won’t. … It should be a nice little boost for the cities.”

Call Staff Writer Brendan Losinski at (586) 498-1068.