Dallas residents may soon have to register with the city before holding a garage sale at home under a proposal being considered by officials.
Dallas city policy currently allows residents to hold two garage sales at their homes per year. Each sale can each be up to three days in a row.
But Mayor Pro Tem Elba Garcia said too many residents are abusing the system, causing traffic problems and disrupting neighborhoods with frequent sales.
Dr. Garcia said it's not uncommon to see people virtually running businesses by selling new merchandise from their homes or from empty lots.
Some offenders, she said, have been documented using department store-quality clothes racks to sell used apparel.
"It's resale, not a garage sale," Dr. Garcia said of the illegal home-based enterprises.
Both Dr. Garcia and employees of the city's Code Compliance office are analyzing proposals to change Dallas' garage sale ordinance to require residents to register with the city before each sale.