04/17/2012 11:08 am ET Updated Mar 15, 2013

Towns Outlawing Extreme Garage Sales

Richard Zambito, vice president of the Parklawn Civic Association in Alexandria, Va., has become the neighborhood's unofficial garage and yard sale inspector.

In the last few years, Zambito has seen sales go from occasional friendly and benign events that brought the community together to extreme and prolific selling juggernauts.

"Two weeks ago, I drove by a home and they were having an auto sale, 20 cars parked on the lawn," he explained, adding that some residents are now holding weekly sales. "And I went by another home and saw the yard full of appliances, including vacuum cleaners, washing machines and driers."

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