Shops stocked to sell newest Carson collector ornament

Local shops are stocked with the second edition of Carson City collector Christmas ornaments.

For the second year, the city's Redevelopment Authority is joining with downtown businesses to sell the popular items. This year's design depicts the Carson City U.S. Branch Mint, now the Nevada State Museum on Carson Street.

City officials ordered 1,500 of the ornaments for sale around the city. They also reordered a few of last year's designs, but changed the date to maintain the uniqueness of the first year's releases.

Each ornament sells for $15. The city makes $10 for each sale and the store makes $5. Money raised from the sale goes into designing and ordering next year's ornaments, officials said.

"We think they're lovely," said city Supervisor Robin Williamson, also chairwoman of the Redevelopment Authority.

The city sold out of last year's ornaments depicting the facade of the Laxalt Building.

"They've been really popular," said Sue Jones, co-owner of the Purple Avocado gift store on Curry Street. "They make a great gift and a great every-year type of gift. They really look well-made and really cool."

Jones said her customers looked forward to seeing what historical building would be on the ornaments this year. Last year her supply ran out quickly, she said.

The special ornaments will be available at The Purple Avocado, the Carson City Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Children's Museum, Lofty Expressions, Sugar Pine Cove and the Northern Nevada Railway Foundation.


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