The owner, Rob Renaud, who has mastered the art of courtyard auctions, said he did nothing wrong.
Locals know this corner-Willowbrook Road and North Gannon-which is where Renault’s parents bought the house in 1964.
“And I’m very lucky because they have three houses to choose from. They bought one in the corner. They never knew we would have a great yard sale/box and cabinet sale, you know?” Renault said.
The place where he grew up is now where he makes a living. His regular customers like it.
“Everyone knows that I always slow down and I check every time I leave the highway,” said a regular customer.
But there was resistance. Obviously some people say that this place is troublesome. The Ministry of Consumer and Worker Protection reported seven complaints.
Staten Island senior reporter Christine Dalton first noticed the land in the summer.
“Some residents contacted me… As you can see, the traffic problem. This is a very busy three-lane road, right next to the Staten Island Highway. People slow down and look at the goods on the side of the road. , They have some real concerns,” Dalton said.
But according to consumer and worker protection rules, Renault seems to be a good fit.
His belongings are not on the sidewalk, but on private property. He said that no one is really inconvenienced.
“As you can see, I am in the business district. There are only two houses next to me. One is the dentist’s office. I am between the Ramada Hotel and the abandoned warehouse, so I really don’t bother anyone. Many people come to the yard. It’s for sale, but all the parking spaces there are legal, they just like it,” Renault said.
A tourist said that sometimes there are too many items on the sidewalk, making it difficult to walk. This is one of Renaud’s violations to the city government to resolve.
Renaud said that it has been cleaned up and he will keep it in this state, so he hopes to continue his business without any further complaints.
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