Rockton Town Historical Society gives back through Santa's Attic

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Hillary Gavan/Beloit Daily News (From left): Rockton Township Historical Society Secretary Linda Sonneson and President Marilyn Mohring hold a little Santa in a room full of Christmas items.

ROCKTON - The "elves" at the Rockton Township Historical Society decided to give back this year by creating a little Christmas "store" with all proceeds going to benefit the Society.

"I didn't want to bake," said Linda Sonneson, Historical Society secretary.

The Santa's Attic sales are set for from Nov. 7, 8 and 9 and Nov. 14, 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Sonneson began the massive collection when she stumbled upon an estate sale last winter, and purchased a room of snowmen at a bargain price.

"Then I went to another and another and have been going to estate sales ever since," Sonneson said.

Sonneson decided the beneficiaries of her shopping would be the historical society and proceeded to stuff her basement, porch and a storage unit with Christmas flair.

"I set up tables in my garage, sorted everything and put all items in color coordinated boxes," Sonneson said.

Volunteers at the historical society then sprung to work, spending countless hours arranging the thousands of holiday items into sections. There is the wreath section, snowman section, salt and pepper shakers area and more. There are bubble lights, miniature trees, centerpieces, table cloths and wrapping paper and decor from years past as well as a table of teddy bears.

When asked the best part of the sales, Sonneson said "variety and price."

Tables have been piled with vintage goodies such as wrapping paper, bubble lights, teddy bears, snowmen, cookie jars, trees, wreathes, Santa's, tree skirts, ornaments and much more. Some of the more special items include a Polar Express Santa, lighted decoration, a complete Avon china nativity set and a fully decorated pop-up tree.

"Open it up and instant Christmas," Sonneson added.

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