As you’ve put away your Christmas decorations, you might have discovered some junk you don’t want anymore. If you’re thinking about selling those items in a garage sale, there are some rules you should know.
Each household can have two garage-sales a year with proper permits. One permit is good for three consecutive days and the hours must be between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. at the address listed on the permit.
Failing to get the $7 permit for your garage sale can cost you a $200 fine.
If you live in a subdivision, you might check with your home owner’s association on the date of the neighborhood garage sale. Many neighborhoods have annual sales so you’ll be able to take advantage of all the traffic coming into your subdivision.
But if you can’t wait for the neighborhood sale and want to have your own, you’ll need to get a permit. (Be sure to get a permit for the neighborhood-wide sale, too.) You can purchase one online using a credit card or you can request one be sent to you in the mail. Make the request two weeks before your sale to get in on time. Another way to get a permit is to call the license division at 405-297-2606 and ask for a paperless permit. The $7 application fee can be applied to your OKC utility bill if you’re in good standing. The permit fee can be paid in person at 420 W. Main St. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday.
Once your fee is paid, you can hang signs for your sale, but they’re not allowed on utility poles, traffic sign poles, medians or any public right-of-way. You can put one sign in front of your house and it can’t be larger than 12 square feet.
At the sale, any personal property can be sold, except for motor vehicles. You also can’t sell new merchandise, consignment items or resale items.