This is a guest post by Jane Knuth.
Before the release of my book, Thrift Store Saints, the marketing guru at Loyola Press informed me that part of my job as an author was to visit every bookstore in Michigan. I took him seriously and made an attempt at it for several weeks in the summer, which is a lovely time of year to be wandering around my home state.
And it turned out that I learned a lot about marketing, but some of the best lessons came from the signs along the roads and on the buildings.
Here is a sampling of roadside signs I encountered in my travels. I sometimes think they describe life on the 45th parallel nearly as well as photographs.
- Night Crawlers and Leaches – Self-serve
- Got Far Wood
- Anarchist Collective Bookstore
- Affordable Stump Grinding
- Meyer’s Accounting and Taxidermy
- Shoe World – We Buy Gold
- No Dogs on the Porch
- To Canada – Follow I-75 South
- Serenity Now!
Do you have signs to share from your part of the world?
Jane Knuth is the author of Thrift Store Saints: Meeting Jesus 25¢ at a Time and the upcoming Thrift Store Graces: Finding God’s Gifts in the Midst of the Mess. She has been volunteering at the St. Vincent de Paul thrift store in Kalamazoo, Michigan, for the last 15 years.