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Piatt County’s first Antique Day is scheduled for this Saturday, March 2 with 12 stores in eight communities taking part. The 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. event is a cooperative effort between Piatt County and the City of Monticello.
“We’re trying to bring attention to our 6.25 percent sales tax here in the county,” said county board member Randy Keith. “We’re proud of that, we’ve been able to hold the line on that, and some of the surrounding counties are eight-and-a-half percent or more.
Callie McFarland, Monticello’s Director of Community Development, said that although Monticello is just one of the stops, the town and entire county can benefit.
“While we have three stores participating, everyone can benefit if the event is a success,” said McFarland. “This is a great opportunity for merchants to cross-promote so we all can benefit.”
The city took on the promotional aspect, and Keith is grateful.
“The city jumped right in,” he said. “To be able to work together is a wonderful thing. When we share it’s more bang for the taxpayer buck.”
Piatt County Antique Day is taking place Saturday to capitalize on traffic created by a couple of other shows: The Farmer City Antiques Show and the Antique and Primitives Show in Arthur.
Those taking part in the Piatt County event are:
Atwood – Things Forgotten Antiques
Bement – Petals and Porch Posts
Cerro Gordo – Expressions, Thrifts, Gifts and Consignments
Cisco – The Barn Antiques
DeLand – Willow Tree Antiques
Hammond – Yeakley’s Market
Mansfield – Margaret’s Attic to Basement Antiques; Three-Toad Treasures Funk Junk Shop; Rose ‘N
Monticello – Good Ole Days Antiques & Collectibles; There’s No Place Like Home; Skinner’s Coachhouse Antiques.
More information on the show is available by calling the City of Monticello at 217-762-2583 or logging onto www.cityofmonticello.net.