Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Yard Sale

I took this photo on August 9th, a whole week after the alleged yard sale took place. Why is it that signs like these (yard/tag/garage sale) always stay up long after the event has ended? Is it because the sign is as useless as the things being sold? The owner no longer cares for their stuff, so why should they care about a sign advertising their junk. Or maybe these signs are just forgotten in the midst of all the excitement and exchanges taking place. Perhaps the sale is indefinite; the poster claims "???" as the end time. It doesn't matter why it's still hanging because the message hasn't changed. This sign tells me that somebody had junk for sale. Sometimes castoffs turn out to be hidden treasures, but often people are just trying to sell their garbage.

I like the way the poster board has faded on the right hand side and that the seller used packing tape to attach it to the telephone poll. They chose to to tape it with an "X" right across the middle, thinking that since the tape is clear it wouldn't interfere with the text. They failed to consider the glare of the sun, but for the most part I think they did okay. It's pretty eye-catching, and I think that's the point. Don't you just love those permanent markers with the really wide tips?

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