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Christmas in October: Stillwater Santa collection up for sale

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Christmas fanatics will have the opportunity to get a piece of a longtime holiday tradition in Stillwater when a resident puts her giant collection of Santa Claus memorabilia up for sale this weekend.

Richard and Lois Kohns welcomed visitors into their home for nearly 30 years to view what is believed to be the largest collection of Santas in the Midwest.

"I started collecting Santas since I was five-years-old. I had four brothers and no sisters to play with, so relatives got me Santas as dolls," Lois Kohns told the Stillwater Gazette. "After that everyone just started giving me Santas every year."

Nearly 10, 0000 Santa figurines filled 21 rooms of the Kohns' 100-year-old house, a tour that took about two hours to complete, the newspaper reported. Last year was the final tour.

"After 29 years, it's time to quit," the 78-year-old woman told KARE 11.

After Richard Kohns' death in January, Lois Kohns decided to sell the keepsakes.

The collection includes dancing, singing and talking Santas, along with Santa music boxes, cookie jars, teapots and salt-and-pepper shakers, according to the Pioneer Press.

The sale runs Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. at 1020 N. Owens St. Prices range from 25 cents to $800.

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