Garage sale to raise funds for new decorations

Drew Veskauf TimesNewspapers

The candy cane decorations which line Main Street during the holiday season are wearing down and falling apart and efforts to replace them are underway.

The Morton Tourism Association will hold its second annual community garage sale April 24-25 at the Lincoln Elementary School gym to help raise funds for the replacement decorations.

Director of Tourism Susan Pyles said that it will cost about $6,000 to replace the decorations. The candy canes are 10 years old and were about $100. Now, Pyles said, they are about $450 apiece.

“They are really bad,” Pyles said. “The candy canes are the worst. They short out and sometimes when you plug them in, they pop and snap at you.”

Last year, $1,800 was raised at the community garage sale to go to the cost for the decorations.

“It was a good chunk,” Pyles said.

Pyles said she is hoping for this one to be bigger with the spring-time date and the new location.

“People wanted us to wait until spring to clean out their garages, so we moved it to April and we think that it’s going to work out really well,” Pyles said.

The Tourism Association is currently doing pick ups for furniture and appliances. All items are donated and proceeds will go to the decoration funds.

As of April 9, Pyles said there were about 100 boxes of materials that will be sold at the garage sale.

Donations can be 

brought to the tourism office at 204 S. First Ave. through April 23. Donation times are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and by noon April 24. Items can be delivered to Lincoln School by 3 p.m. April 24.

Items that need to be picked up, call Pyles at 573-1276 or the tourism office at 266-5135.

The garage sale times will be 5-8 p.m. April 24 and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 25.