But in recent weeks, the city had attempted to stop her and other businesses owners from doing so, arguing that it makes the area look junky. The business owners, however, believe they should be able to showcase their items to draw customers into their stores.
A city ordinance banning outdoor merchandise displays has been on the books for a while. And the city recently began to enforce it until about 22 business owners, led by Gorth, signed a petition within two days that requested an end to the ban with a few exceptions.
They then presented their petition to City Council members on Feb. 2.
"The code in the city of Austell states that there should be nothing between the door and the main street of the business," Gorth said.
"We went around and talked to other businesses and petitioned the Council to write into the code that if you're not impeding a walkway or anything to that nature, then it should be OK. It's an attraction for the Square and for businesses in the Square to leave their merchandise, so people can see and if something attracts their attention, they can stop."
Joe Jerkins, Austell's longtime mayor, said he is in support of the business owners.
"I think they ought to be able to display their stuff out where somebody can see it," he said.
Not everyone agrees with Jerkins' viewpoint.
The City Council remains divided on the issue and has yet to make a formal decision about whether to keep the ordinance intact or revise it.
Councilman Randy Green, who owns a remodeling supply store across from Gorth, said the Council is continuing to work on the issue.
"Not everyone is together on it yet," said Green, who is in favor of revising the ordinance. "We have different opinions, some of us do."
On Saturday, like many other downtown businesses, Green had products on display in front of his store on Humphries Hill Road.
"An ordinance is not like a speeding ticket," he said. "An ordinance is to keep people from really getting out of hand. Even though we've had an ordinance against it, it hadn't really been pushed or enforced in so many years."
In the meantime, Gorth said she is pleased with the present, unofficial compromise in which the ordinance is not being enforced.
"What it boils down to is that they're not rewriting the ordinance yet, but they're not going to do anything about it unless people start leaving junk basically," she said.
"So we kind of won and we kind of didn't, yet."