Garage sales are a summertime staple. It seems that one can’t drive very far on a weekend afternoon in Pocatello without seeing a garage sale sign. The sign provides the free advertising needed to direct would be customers to the sale, so what if you put your sign up, and then it was messed with?
Cynthya Longshaw was a victim of sign theft. “Two o’clock rolls around, my boyfriend goes out to pick up our daughter and the signs were gone. They were in a box, we had wrapped paper around the box and stuck balloons on them just at the end of our streets and they disappeared.”
According to Pocatello city code 15.20.090, sale signs for yard sales are permitted to be posted without a permit; however, there does not appear to be code related to unrequested removal of the quote “signs not subject to permits.” In the last 24 hours, in the
Pocatello area, at least four garage sale signs have been either stolen or torn down in the middle of the intended sales.
Longshaw continued, “Well, it’s really shocking, I mean for somebody to stoop that low, if they’re stealing it to get more for their yard sale or if they’re stealing it to take it to their yard sale and use it, I’m really surprised that someone would stoop that low. “
Keeping the signs up can help those who really need to sell items during what one resident called tough economic times
Benito Chavez Jr. hopes for better behavior in the future. “It’s not cool, you know people are trying to make money cause the economy has gone to crap, so I dunno I just think it’s terrible.”
Benito feels that using internet advertising is a more effective way of advertising your sale.
“We use facebook, craigslist, we have friends and use word of mouth, it’s a lot easier and less (work) we just put it on the computer and that’s it. “