Town of Halifax Yard Sale Permit Information


Section 26-53. Property permitted to be sold. It shall be unlawful for any individual to sell or offer for sale, under authority granted by this article, property other than personal property.

Section 26-54. Permit - Required. No yard sale shall be conducted unless and until the permit is obtained, which includes: full name/address of applicant, location sale is to be held, date (may include alternate rain date), dates of any other yard sales within a 12 month period, and an affirmative statement that property to be sold was owned by the applicant and not acquired nor consigned for the purpose of re-sale.

Section 26-55. Same – Fee. There shall be a processing fee of $30 for the issuance of a permit that will not be charged for the first four dates issued to a residence and/or family household during any 12 month period starting with the first permitted yard sale.

Section 26-56. Same – Conditions. Time & location of sale will be set forth by the permit. Cancellation; rescheduling of sale. Upon illness, or other unforeseen event, applicant may file to reschedule the yard sale to a new date under the terms & conditions of the initial permit.

Section 26-57. Hours of operation. Yard sales permitted under this article shall be limited in time to the hours of 8am to 5pm on the days of sale. Each day shall constitute a separate yard sale.

Section 26-58. Advertising; signs. Only the following specified signs may be displayed in relations to a pending yard sale:

Two signs of not more than 4 square feet shall be permitted to be displayed on the property of the residence where the yard sale is being conducted & 2 directional signs of the same stated size are permitted provided permission is received from the property owners upon whose property such signs are placed.

No sign shall be exhibited more than two days prior to the day sale is to be held.

Signs must be removed each day at the close of the yard sale activities.

No off-premise sign of any material shall be tacked, nailed, stapled, pasted, painted, or attached in any way to a post, tree, utility pole, tower, antenna, fence, wall or other supporting structure.

Section 26-59. Exemptions from article. The provisions of this article shall not apply to the following: Persons selling goods pursuant to an order or process of a court of competent jurisdiction, persons acting in accordance with their powers and duties as public officials, any sale conducted by a licensed merchant of the town, any bona fide charitable, religious, etc. institution or organization, when proceeds from the sale are used directly for their purposes and not sold on a consignment basis.

Section 26-60. Right of entry. A police officer or building official shall have the right of entry at reasonable times to any premises showing evidence of a sale for purpose of enforcement or inspection & may close the premises from such sale or arrest anyone who violates the provisions of this article.

Section 26-61. Penalty. Any person violating the terms of this article shall be guilty of a class 4 misdemeanor.

Yard Sale Applications may be picked up from Town Hall at 70 S. Main Street in the Town of Halifax during normal business hours.

Questions? Contact 476-2343

Magic In The Garden by Laverne Fuller

Magic in the Garden

By Laverne Fuller

Imagine looking at your garden and seeing a perfect shed surrounded by beautiful plants. A stone path leads to a swing and in the far corner is a trellis. There are statues and other garden art, even a wind chime hanging from a shepherd's hook. Now imagine all of this fitting in an old dishpan or a wooden tray. Welcome to the world of fairy gardens. Fairy gardens are a popular way to garden in a small space. Moss and small succulents and other tiny plants are used to cover the soil and create the appearance of a full size garden. Structures are added and provide an opportunity for creative recycling. Paint a used soup can to resemble a cottage and add a roof. Fences and other accessories can be purchased at a craft store or made at home. Many items can be made from oven baked clay. The only limitation is your imagination.

The Southside Master Gardeners are sponsoring a Fairy Garden contest at the Halifax Farmer's Market on June 11 as part of the Second Saturday series. Rules and entry forms are available at the Halifax Extension Office at 171 S. Main St., Halifax. Entries will be accepted at the market on June 11 from 8 to 9:45 am and will be judged for design and creativity. Prizes will be awarded for 1st and 2nd place. The public can vote for the People's Choice award from 10 to 11. Contest winners will be announced at 11:30. At least 2 live plants must be used with no artificial plants or live animals allowed. See the entry form for other rules. While at the market visit the outside vendors for fresh produce, eggs, organic meats and herbal ointments and soaps. Inside are all types of vendors including portrait photography, antiques and collectables, dog treats and supplies and funky artwork. Create the garden of your dreams and share it with us on June 11 or just stop by to vote for your favorite.


Caption for picture: This exquisite design, by Bunleng Thanaporn, is an example of the types of Fairy Gardens entering the June 11 Fairy Garden Contest at the Halifax Farmers Market.    

Halifax is Jamming with Home-Grown Talent on June 3rd

The Town of Halifax will be “jamming” again on Friday, June 3rd from 6pm-11pm at the Town of Halifax Farmers Market with two “home-grown” local bands from Halifax that are making names for themselves. Opening the “Jam” playing from 6-7 pm are the High Rock Ramblers. A young group that has been playing Bluegrass, gospel and classic country tunes together since September of 2015. They have been busy playing at local churches, nursing homes, the Main Street Café, and events including the Halifax County Heritage Festival, and Ride for Hope. The bands four members include Chris Crews, Stephen Comer, Kyle Hiatt, and Jason Smith.

Then from 7pm-11pm is Turkey Scratch an Outlaw Americana group that states they were “born in the backwoods of Halifax County, Va”, and formed in 2012 from a “mutual love of good honest music”. They blend a variety of musical styles into their own unique sound, which includes original songs. Band members include: JC (Preacher) who plays mandolin, guitar, banjo, harmonica, and vocals, Reed on guitar, harmonica, and vocals, Brian (Mr. Hall) provides percussion and vocals, and Dennis (Bassman) plays bass, harmonica, and vocals. Turkey Scratch strives to “present our music in a straight forward and unpretentious format hoping that you will enjoy listening to it half as much as we enjoy playing it”.

Tickets are $7 if purchased in advance from any of these event sponsors listed: Hite Insurance, The Packhouse, The Trent Law Practice, Bagwell & Bagwell, Molasses Grill, Halifax Village Association, and the Town of Halifax. Tickets may also be purchased from these local businesses as well in the Town of Halifax - Reiter & Reiter, The Peddlers Market, and Benchmark Community Bank. If you can’t make it into the Town of Halifax before the event but want the advance ticket price, other locations where tickets can be purchased are, Foster Fuels in Danville and the Halifax Visitor Center in South Boston. If you wait to purchase tickets at the gate the cost is $10. Also, children aged 10 and under are free with a paid adult and kids’ activities will be available. Proper identification will be required for alcoholic consumption and no coolers allowed. There will also be two food trucks on site, Dogs-n-Que, serving a variety of food choices and Tacos El “Kora” with authentic Mexican food. Gates open at 5:30pm for those that want to visit with friends, or get their food and settle into their seats before the entertainment begins!

Preserving Produce Workshop at Farmers Market on May 4th 2013

Would you like to learn more about safely preserving the extra produce from your garden?  A food preservation workshop will be offered by Virginia Cooperative Extension at the Halifax Farmers Market on Saturday May 4th, 2013 at 10:00am.  Eric Bowen, Area Food Safety Specialist, will be discussing how to preserve fresh foods using pressure canner/hot water bath methods and the basics of food safety including bacteria and food spoilage, canning and equipment, and freezing.  Please call Chris Brown, Extension Agent, ANR at 434-476-2147 with any questions.

If you are a person with a disability and desire any assistive devices, services or other accommodations to participate in this activity, please contact Chris Brown, Halifax County Extension Office at 434-476-2147 during business hours of 8am and 5pm to discuss accommodations at least 5 days prior to the event.

2016 Master Gardener Class Graduates

2016 Master Gardener Class Graduates

The 2016 Southside Master Gardener Training lasted 16 weeks including four difficult tests.  Pictured are the 2016 Graduates: Gretchen Williams, Hongqing Ye, Irene Dunn, Nancy Bane, Dawn Bruno, Donna Campagna (absent but there in spirit), Andrea Burke and Jeanne Durham.  Pictured in the back row are Dan Goerlich, Central District Director, John Freeborn, Assistant Virginia State Coordinator and Bill McCaleb, local Master Gardener Coordinator. Two of this year’s graduates, Andrea Burke and Irene Dunn, had completed an additional 50 volunteer hours and are now Master Gardeners.  If you would like to know about the Master Gardener program and activities visit or contact the Halifax Extension Office at 434-476-2147, option 0.

Thanks, Kathy Conner Cornell