Old signs are being sold to the public for $10 each and many buyers say they intend to give them as gifts.
Prompted by federal mandates, the city of Stillwater is in the process of replacing all of its street signs.
But unlike other cities that have chosen to recycle their old signs, Stillwater is selling its signs -- and just in time for the holidays.
Beth Wolf, Stillwater public works secretary, is coordinating the sales at $10 a pop, and she said most residents who have been purchasing the signs have indicated they were giving them as gifts.
One family bought Lydia Circle and Owen Street -- the names of their daughter and son.
About 75 signs have been sold so far, Wolf said.
The money raised from the sales of the old signs will go back into the city's budget to pay for the new signs, said Shawn Sanders, public works director.
The new federal regulations require that signs have reflective coating to make them easier to read at night. Signs also must include 6-inch lettering, Sanders said.
Stillwater Boulevard has been the most popular sign, Wolf said, along with the older street signs.
"They like them banged up, a little beat up, the letters not looking quite as perfect," she said. "It's kind of a nostalgia-type thing to sell some of our signs to people."
EMMA L. CAREW