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!

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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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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Custom Sign Shops in Stockton

Custom Sign Shops

Up until somewhere around 40 years ago custom sign shops were one of the most common sights in metropolitan areas. The demand for custom made signs was absolutely rampant, and small hand painted or printed signs were made for whatever the customers needs might be. In the 1970’s and 80’s, the ever increasing presence of computer assisted design led to the closure of most of these mom and pop shops. Leading to a new wave of mass produced, Carbon Copy signage.

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Keep Your Phone Free Of COVID-19

Woman Shows How To Clean Your Phone

The more time people spend stuck at home, the more time they are spending on their phones. In turn, this increases the number of germs that may be on your phone and the importance of keeping your devices clean. This is in addition to the extra precautions that we all need to take around our homes. This has never been more true than during this COVID-19 pandemic. What can you do to keep your phone, other devices, and home as clean as possible?

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What Are Type 1, Type 2, And Type 3 Portable Barricades?

Traffic control is something that we are all at the very least fairly familiar with. We’ve all been stuck in traffic and have seen more than our fair share of orange and white barrels. If you’re going to be managing any form of traffic control, you need to know the differences between the classes of barriers. Especially when they are used! The three styles of barricades we will be addressing today are what is known as type 1, type 2, and type 3 portable barricades. 

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Can I Find A Family Dentist In Tucson?

Getting out to the dentist can be one of the hardest things to do in life, especially when you’ve got a young family. You’re not unlikely to every once in a while wrestle the whole crew out of the house and stuff them in the back of a minivan, dragging them all the way across town to the pediatric dentist. But then making sure you and your husband get your cleaning on schedule as well? It can be a lot to tackle, and honestly, it’s an exhausting task. But finding one dentist for the whole family can help reduce the stress and struggle of getting to the dentist by consolidating the destinations. That’s why making sure you find a family dentist in Tucson both your kids, and you can trust can be so important!

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