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Garage sale season put on hold

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, garage sales have been put on hold statewide.

Posted: May 18, 2020 6:27 PM
Updated: May 18, 2020 6:52 PM

According to Gov. Andrew Cuomo's office, garage sales have been put on hold statewide.

Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente says garage sales have been put on hold because they are not essential.

"Garage sales, in our call the other day, were not allowed, were not essential right now. So they are not in phase one, I don't even know if they're in phase two," Picente said.

Even though they are not essential, they are something many people look forward to this time of year.

"When I think about the summertime, besides going to the Adirondacks or going to the beaches in your boat, garage sales are probably on that list of the top five things people do in the summertime," said Megan Lennon, a New York Mills resident.

With not much to do, many people have taken advantage of cleaning their homes and have things they want to get rid of. Plus, some could use the extra cash.

"I have a whole sorting system downstairs of keep, garage sale, things we want to get rid of as we go through things so we can build up," Lennon said. "Hopefully we get to have one."

When yard sales are allowed, Lennon believes she can do it safely.

"We have a pretty decent sized yard and driveway so I think we could spread it out enough," Lennon said. "I think it would work just fine with even the distancing measures if those are still in place."

She says she would make sure she was protecting the community and her family.

"We certainly would do what we could do, hand sanitizer, protections, I mean I want to protect my home and my family but I certainly want to get rid of the stuff I've been holding on to," Lennon said.

Of course there are alternatives, like online garage sale sites, but Lennon said it's also about the in person, community contact.

"I just enjoy the community part of it, sometimes you get to talk to people, meet them and see what they're up to or what joy you had in your treasures now they're going to take home," Lennon said. "College students who are trying to fill that first apartment might be looking for stuff as well so it's always fun to see why they're purchasing some things."

It's not just Oneida County -- Herkimer County Administrator Jim Wallace says he has been receiving calls from people asking if they can have garage sales.

"At this time, there's absolutely nothing from the governor's office that allows garage sales to move forward," Wallace said. "The answer would be no, you cannot do that, check back with us in a day or two to see if anything's changed."

When guidance on garage sales is updated it will be listed at: forward.ny.gov.

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