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Woodruff to see community-wide garage sale in July

April 17, 2020 by Kayla Houp

Come July, the Town of Woodruff will see a community-wide garage sale scheduled for July 10 and 11.

The prospect of the community-wide garage sale was brought to the town board by Mary Thompson and Christine Murphy of RE/MAX.

“Let’s get rid of all the rest of the little stuff that everybody has sitting around in their yards, and maybe eliminate some of the perpetual garage sales that people seem to have all summer round,” Thompson said. “It would be a good opportunity to bring together the communities.”

Thompson added she was going to talk to Arbor Vitae about potentially getting involved in the rummage sale.

According to Thompson, a minimum $5 donation would be asked of the rummage sale vendors, which would go directly to the Children’s Miracle Network.

“We will have registration sheets, so we know who’s signing up and where they are,” Thompson said. “We’ll do a list showing our different quadrants. People can stop in at the office, pick up those lists, and have at it.”

Thompson said they had looked at different dates over the summer so as to not create a conflict with other major events in the region.

“Is this something that’s going to be shared through the other towns, or is this just for Woodruff?” town supervisor Andrea Reuland asked.

“Woodruff and Arbor Vitae. We thought we would combine the two, if Arbor Vitae would like to join us. If not, we’ll just do Woodruff,” Thompson clarified.

“So, this initial planning would be, people that have an interest in being part of the community-wide rummage sale, they would fill out some kind of form and have a freewill donation of $5, then they would be put on a map of some kind?” town supervisor Ray Christensen asked.

Thompson explained there would be a quadrant map with Hwy. 51 and Hwy. 47 as dividers, and there would be a list of participating addresses done by quadrant.

“So, as shoppers come around the community, they’re not just driving aimlessly,” Murphy said. “They actually have a list of addressess.”

Thompson and Murphy provided the board with a draft of the registration form that would be given to people interested in participating in the rummage sale.

“It brings the community together,” Murphy said. 

Town supervisor Corky Sheppard noted there wasn’t a time frame listed for the rummage sale.

“I’m just asking, because everybody’s got their own times,” he said.

Thompson said the dates were proposed, and the vendors could decide what dates to participate and what times.

Reuland said it might be easier to advertise specific times.

“The average person — I don’t care if it’s 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., if everybody has the same start time, and it says, ‘No early sales,’ then everybody would be on the same page,” Reuland said. 

Initially, Thompson proposed having the community-wide rummage sale from July 10 through July 12.

After some discussion with the board, the date was set as July 10 and 11.

“Even if it’s just Friday and Saturday, there’s going to be a lot of extra traffic in the community. That’s something to think about,” Murphy said.

“And, if somebody wants to be open Thursday or Sunday, let them,” Reuland said.

“I have no problem with it,” town chair Mike Timmons said.

“I think it’s a great idea,” Sheppard said.

A motion to move forward with the community-wide rummage sale proposal was approved unanimously by the board


Rummage sale permit

Following the conversation on the community wide rummage sale, the town board repealed the town’s rummage sale ordinance due to the ordinance not being enforced.

“I’ve been wanting to do this for years,” Timmons said. “That was put in back, we redid it in 1991, it was in there prior to that.”

According to Timmons, the ordinance’s purpose to “fight perpetual business on somebody’s home.”

“We have zoning, we have solicitation ordinances and everything else. Nine times out of 10, ‘I was supposed to have a rummage sale permit?’ is what you hear,” he said. “Except for the people that have been here for a while.”

Timmons said the ordinance wasn’t advertised or published, and stated it was the board and clerk’s responsibility to patrol it.

“Then we tell the police about it, and they can go enforce it,” Timmons said. “... They’ve got more important things to do than enforce a rummage sale ordinance, and my personal opinion is, we haven’t been enforcing it. If there’s an issue with a perpetual business being run, we have other means to handle it.”


Other items

The town board Tuesday also:

• Discussed setting town road weight limit restrictions to be increased from 5 tons to 8, with the restrictions to be put in place on Monday, March 16.

Kayla Houp may be reached via email at [email protected]


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