Garage, yard sales permitted

The summer of 2020 may look a little different from years past, but one thing is certain — garage and yard sales will be allowed.

Residents of counties that have been designated "yellow" under Gov. Tom Wolf's color-coded plan to reopen Pennsylvania are permitted to have garage and yard sales.

Erie, Crawford and Warren counties were officially shifted from the red phase to the yellow phase as of Friday.

Although there will be no organized sports leagues this summer, garage and yard sales will be allowed as long as they aren't part of a large coordinated event, Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper said during her daily press briefing on Wednesday.

"We've also gotten word that all organized, outdoor sports, so things like Little League and soccer, are not permitted under the yellow zone, but we did just hear that garage sales are able to function," Dahlkemper said. "What we're asking is there be no large organized garage sales that will be truly an event, but for an individual family who wants to have a garage sale, you're certainly allowed to do that."

Any resident or family that is planning to host a garage or yard sale can purchase a "Garage Sale Kit" from The Corry Journal, which offers the kits annually to help locals advertise their sales.

Each garage sale kit includes two fluorescent 11-by-14-inch all-weather signs (see photo), 140 labels, a classified ad in The Journal (40 words max), placement on The Journal's garage sale locator section, successful garage sale tips, pre-sale checklist, sales record form and listings on The Journal's Facebook page and website.

The whole kit costs $20, and additional days may be purchased for $6.

Garage Sale Kits may be purchased at The Corry Journal office, located at 28 W. South St., during business hours.

Kits may also be reserved by calling 814-665-8291 or emailing

Under the yellow phase, stay-at-home orders have been lifted and gatherings of up to 25 people are permitted.

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