Sign Collecting: A Beginners Guide

Sign Collection

Signs of all kinds are sought after by collectors of all kinds. From history buffs, to car guys. Museums, or simply a residential kitchen. There are dozens of people and places in search of signage. The historic value and eclectic charm it provides is quite simply irresistible. Getting into the hobby can prove to be quite challenging and cost prohibitive however. So today we’ll go over some of the basics to help you build the collection of your dreams, without breaking the bank. But first, we’ll cover why sign collecting is such a popular hobby.

Why Do People Collect Signage?

Sign collecting does seem to be an odd hobby. It’s not most children’t answer to what they want to be when they grow up. But collecting signage has gripped the hearts of thousands of people around the world. And for good reason!

Historical Significance

Throughout history, Signs were not manufactured by sign companies as they are today. In fact until recently, signs were painted and embossed by hand. These trade workers, known as sign painters (so creative), worked hard to provide businesses large and small with all the signage that they could dream of. At the time, sign painting could earn you a respectable living, but the signs couldn’t command anywhere near the premiums they do today. These painters were experts in lettering and could turn anything you needed into a quality advertisement for your brand. Be it building, breadbox, or bottle, all hold the same potential as a canvas for their handiwork.

Nostalgic Appearance

With the invention of vinyl and large format printing the need for hand painted signage decreased, leading to nearly a complete removal of the trade from our society. This led to the initial interest in hand painted signs and is the root of the cost for many antique signs, hand painted or not. As the classic lettering became less mainstream commercially, and more vintage and nostalgic, their popularity as collectors items and decor increased dramatically. Today many of the world’s museums and homes use vintage signage to set the mood. But as time goes on and their collector value continues to increase, good specimens will only get harder to find. The following are some great tactics to get you started!

Join A Community

Like with almost anything else, a good part of the reason why you collect signs is to be a part of the community that surrounds it. With the COVID-19 crisis in full swing, many of these groups are becoming less local and more digital, keeping each other connected and finding gems without putting each other at risk. Many groups such as this one can be found on Facebook, Twitter, and many other social platforms. Here many will post about their recent discoveries, list peces of their collection for sale, and simply hold discussions on some of the best places to find classic and unique signage. Finding a good supportive group can be a huge help when looking to grow your own collection. Many of them were once in your shoes and looking for a good way to pick up a few of your favorite street names, or historical business memorabilia and will have invaluable advice on where to look and who to talk to.

Picking Up Your First Sign

Buying that first sign is a bit of a right of passage in sign collecting. It involves quite a bit of digging for just the right thing at just the right price. And as cool as it is, you may not find it hidden in some corner of an antique shop. One popular option is to simply wait around for traffic signs near you to be replaced and ask for the old ones but that requires quite a bit of patience. Another option employed by the less patient is to remove the street signs and take them regardless of whether or not they are being replaced. We would not recommend and do not endorse this course of action. If you are just dying to get your hands on a sign and can’t wait for the construction we’d recommend that you simply purchase one from a sign shop like capitol traffic services. The signs are quite affordable and you can have them manufacture not only any traffic sign you can think of, but any custom sign you could wish as well! There are many more options for purchasing custom signage as well that are listed in this article

Wherever you find that perfect sign for you, we wish you happy hunting!

Starting a Business? Here’s Why You Need an Attorney

Business People

If you’re starting a business, you know there are a lot of things you are responsible for. A lot of problems can easily arise during your entrepreneurial efforts, and potential legal issues are not to be taken lightly. 

There are 3 main areas of law that you will need to become more familiar with if your business is to succeed.

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Why A San Antonio Water Softener Matters

Hard Water Deposit On A Tap

Are you a San Antonio resident wondering whether you need a water softener? Well, you aren’t alone. This is a common question for homeowners in San Antonio. The answer is a big fat yes. Studies show that San Antonio has very hard water so chances are you’ll need a San Antonio water heater. But if you aren’t sure, you can have a company like Caliente Plumbing, Heating & Air perform an in-home evaluation of your water system.

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A History of Playing Cards

Tang Dynasty Playing Card

When you think of playing cards or a deck of cards, they seem normal and all around traditional. Many people grew up playing card games, whether around a campfire or even at family game nights. Because playing cards come in such a wide variety of styles, they can be used in many different ways. You’ll see playing cards in all sorts of places, like, casinos, magic shops or even with a magician at a magic show (often used as trick cards). They can also be used as promotional items, educational tools, in artistic ways, and they’re commonly also seen as souvenirs. Since playing cards have so much history behind them, they have quite a bit of value so they are also collected as a hobby but as well as monetary value. 

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Easy Ways To Keep Your Vehicle Spotless

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No matter how careful you are, it is going to take some TLC to keep your vehicle looking like new. Car detailing is a great way to start. Sounds like a lot of work right? If you have kids in the car it will be. There’s no getting around that. The best car detailing company will get the job done for you, but there are also things that vehicle owners should be doing.

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Landscaping: Softscape Vs. Hardscape

Understanding the difference between softscaping and hardscaping – and how they complement one another – will give you a better understanding of how you can improve your yard.

Softscape involves mainly “soft” materials that make up your yard – soil, trees, bushes, grass, etc. Hardscape, on the other hand, involves things like rocks, concrete, bricks, and stone.

Let’s delve into these in more detail.

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Landscape Design Tips For Your Front Yard

Front yard with great landscape design

Your front yard is a major part of your landscape design and is the first part of your residence that a lot of people will see. It can highlight the entrance to your home and add tons of curb appeal. It can also have the opposite effect if it is done poorly. This is where landscape design comes into play. There are several aspects of landscape design that you’ll want to take into consideration for your front yard.

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