Village of Shorewood, WI
Milwaukee County
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The Village Board of the Village of Shorewood finds and declares that:
A. 
The intrusion of nonregulated rummage sales is causing annoyance to citizens and congestion of the streets in residential areas of the Village of Shorewood.
B. 
The provisions contained in this article are intended to regulate the term and frequency of rummage sales so as to minimize any disturbance or disruption resulting therefrom to the residential environment of the area.
C. 
The provisions of this article do not seek to control the sales by individuals selling a few of their household or personal items.
D. 
The provisions and prohibitions hereinafter contained are enacted not to prevent but rather to regulate rummage sales for the safety and welfare of the residents of the Village.
For the purposes of this article, the following terms, phrases, words and their derivations shall have the meaning given herein. When not inconsistent with the context, words used in the present tense include the future, words in the plural number include the singular number, and words in the singular number include the plural number. The word "shall" is always mandatory and not merely directory.
FRONT YARD
The area between the front property line adjacent to the street upon which the building or structure fronts and the nearest wall of the building or structure facing such street.
PERSONAL PROPERTY
Property which is owned, utilized and maintained by an individual or members of his or her residence and acquired in the normal course of living in or maintaining a residence. It does not include merchandise which was purchased for resale or obtained on consignment or merchandise which belongs to friends, neighbors or relatives except as otherwise provided herein.
REAR YARD
The area between the rear lot line and the nearest point of the principal building on said lot.
RUMMAGE SALE
Includes all general sales open to the public conducted from or on a residential premises in any residential zone as defined by Chapter 535, Zoning, of the Village Code for the purpose of disposing of personal property, including but not limited to all sales titled "garage," "lawn," "yard," "attic," "porch," "room," "backyard," "patio" or "flea market." This definition shall not include a situation where no more than five specific items are held out for sale and all advertisements of such sale specifically name those items to be sold.
SIDE YARD
The area between the side lot line and the nearest point of the principal building on said lot.
It shall be unlawful for any individual to sell or offer for sale at a rummage sale in the Village property other than personal property.
No more than one rummage sale shall be permitted to be held at any residence or family household during any calendar year except as hereafter provided. If members of more than one residence join in the holding of such rummage sale, then such sale shall be considered as having been held at the residence of each participating member.
An additional rummage sale shall be permitted in any calendar year upon satisfactory proof given to the Village if:
A. 
There is a bona fide change in ownership of the residence.
B. 
A death occurs of the owner of the property or principal member of the family necessitating an additional sale.
C. 
Inclement weather causes the termination of the sale during the first day of the sale.
Such rummage sales shall be limited in time to no more than the daylight hours of three consecutive days or two consecutive weekends (Saturday and Sunday).
Except as otherwise provided herein, no personal property offered for sale at a rummage sale shall be displayed:
A. 
In the front or side yard areas of any property.
B. 
In the case of corner lots, in the front or side yard areas of any property or in any yard area of a property between the public sidewalk and the front or side setback line, extended, of the principal building.
C. 
In any public right-of-way.
A. 
Signs permitted. Only the following specified signs may be displayed in relation to a pending rummage sale:
(1) 
Two signs permitted. Two signs of not more than four square feet shall be permitted to be displayed on the property of the residence where the rummage sale is being conducted.
(2) 
Directional signs. Two signs of not more than two square feet each shall be permitted, provided that written permission to erect said signs is received from the property owners upon whose property such signs are to be placed.
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Time limitations. No sign or other form of advertisement shall be exhibited for more than two days prior to the day such sale is to commence.
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Removal of signs. Signs must be removed each day at the close of the rummage sale or by the end of daylight, whichever first occurs.
The individual or individuals holding a rummage sale and the owner or tenant of the premises on which such sale or activity is conducted shall be jointly and severally responsible for the maintenance of good order and decorum on the premises during all hours of such sale or activity. No such individual shall permit any loud or boisterous conduct on said premises nor permit vehicles to impede the passage of traffic on any roads or streets in the area of such premises. All such individuals shall obey the reasonable orders of any member of the Police or Fire Department of the Village in order to maintain the public health, safety and welfare.
A police officer or any other official designated by any Village ordinance to make inspections under the licensing or regulating ordinance or to enforce the same shall have the right of entry to any premises showing evidence of a rummage sale for the purpose of enforcement or inspection and may close the premises from such a sale or cite any individual who violates the provisions of this article.
All parking of vehicles shall be conducted in compliance with all applicable Village laws and ordinances. Further, the Police Department may enforce such temporary controls to alleviate any special hazards and/or congestion created by any rummage sale.
The provisions of this article shall not apply to or affect the following:
A. 
Persons selling goods pursuant to an order or process of a court of competent jurisdiction.
B. 
Persons acting in accordance with their powers and duties as public officials.
C. 
Any sale conducted by any merchant, mercantile or other business establishment from or at a place of business wherein such sale would be permitted by Chapter 535, Zoning, of the Village Code, or any other sale conducted by a manufacturer, dealer or vendor, and which sale would be conducted from properly zoned premises and not otherwise prohibited by other ordinances.
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Any bona fide charitable, eleemosynary, educational, cultural or governmental institution or organization when the proceeds from the sale are used directly for the institution's or organization's charitable purposes and the goods or articles are not sold on a consignment basis.
Each article sold and every day a sale is conducted in violation of this article shall constitute a separate offense.