City Council moves to legalize flea markets

Megan Gosch

Changes to a Minneapolis city ordinance may soon allow flea markets in an effort to encourage more sustainable living habits.

The City Council voted Friday to eliminate the ordinance requirement that prevented “second hand goods” stores from operating 1,000 feet of one another.

“It’s time to do away with outdated rules,” said Council Member Elizabeth Glidden, author of the second hand goods change.

Flea markets are currently illegal in the city of Minneapolis due to a city ordinance, according to the Star Tribune. Yard sales are not categorized as flea markets and residents cannot hold more than two yard sales within a year.

Council Member Gary Schiff, who proposed the change that would allow flea markets, would like the change to be made by the end of the year, which would allow markets to open next spring.