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!

A Beginners Guide To Visiting The Dentist

Visiting The Dentist

So, You’ve moved out. Going to college, or just trying to make it on your own. It’s an exciting time! But also a bit painful. The first week or two everything goes great, but before you know it, the dishes are piling up. Laundry has begun behaving like pyroclastic flows. And we’re starving! We never really realize just how much our parents do for us until they aren’t there doing it anymore. Before you know it, it’s honestly probably past time for you to set up an appointment at the dentist. When you smile you feel a bit more like Gollum than yourself, but you just don’t know how to schedule the appointment! Never fear! That’s exactly what we are here to help with. Before long you’re going to be a strong, independent expert at visiting the dentist!

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What Do All These Traffic Signs Mean?

Traffic Signs

Many of them we see everyday! Others however are a bit less common. So what do all these traffic signs mean?

Traffic signs are actually quite standardized here in the United States. Any and all signs produced here must be made by approved sign contractors, and build their signs in accordance with the strict regulations put forth in MUTCD or, the Manual for Uniform Traffic Control Devices! It is done this way to ensure that all road signs are easily understood. The less common ones even standardized are frequently misunderstood! Below are some of the least often encountered traffic signs that we have found, and exactly what they mean!

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The Basics Of Writing A Traffic Control Plan

Traffic Control Plan

Struggling with a traffic control plan is just part of the job of being a general contractor. OSHA requires that every time the normal function of a roadway is suspended, temporary traffic control planning must be in place. But what do you really need to keep your work zone safe for your workers and the civilians? The seemingly numberless forms of signs, barricades, crash protection and so on make it difficult for anyone to muddle through the mess. And that’s not to mention the legal language! Unfortunately, this question is never going to have a cut and dry answer, but we can do our best to set you up with a simple little guide to get you started!

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Local Stockton Sign Manufacturer

Sign Shop

Manufacturing signs for traffic control and regulations are heavily restricted by the California Department of Transportation. There are seemingly countless regulations regarding their production. They must be produced by a licenced manufacturer, pass their reflective tests, be certain sizes, and have very particular engravings visible to prove that they are obeying the regulations. Finding a sign manufacturer near you can be quite difficult simply because many places don’t like to deal with the hassle of keeping each and every sign up to code. Lucky for us there’s a Local Stockton Sign Manufacturer just up the road from many of us.

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Where To Find Portable Traffic Signs

Temporary Traffic Signs

Anyone who’s done any paving contract work knows the struggle of trying to find quality custom portable traffic signs. There are plenty of shops around that will sell you the routed out metal backed permanent signs. But finding the collapsible easily stored signs is another story entirely. They require completely different tooling to make than a permanent sign. Most places simply aren’t willing to put up the cash to produce them. Then those that do make cheap flimsy garbage that seems to snap in two if you look at it the wrong way. When you find a place that produces real quality portable traffic signs, Share the news. We need to support those who know how to do it right.

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Assisted Living Homes Against The Spread Of COVID-19

Assisted Living Homes

With the current COVID-19 pandemic assisted living homes have been uniting in their fight to protect their residents from all risk. Many of their policies are very strict, and difficult to understand at times. We’ll take a closer look at the policies they have implemented and why such a policy is a necessity in order to keep their residents safe.

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Best Assisted Living Facility In Eastern Idaho

Assisted Living Facility

Your family is getting larger and more independent every year, but that may not necessarily be the case for the elderly in your family. As time progresses it can get increasingly difficult for them to support themselves! But, clearly making the decision to move into an assisted living facility is not one you or they want to make without being educated first. All too often we hear the nightmare stories of horrible nurses and management. Making it difficult for us to trust anyone but ourselves with the care of our loved ones. With a little research and guidance however, you can find a place where they will not only be safer, but often happier than if they stayed home!

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What Is The Best Water Heater Cleaning Method?

Water Heater Cleaning

Water heater cleaning plays a big role in the functionality of our water heaters. Without the proper care they become unable to heat the water in the tank. Leaving you with nothing but cold water. There’s no worse way to start off the morning than with a frigid shower just before heading off to work. So what is the best way to clean out your water heater?

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