Something happened to a "We Buy Houses" sign on Rte. 66 in Portland Sunday AM. Like perhaps it was hanging on chains, and was attached by nuts that maybe yielded easily to a socket wrench. It looks like it might've been fairly elaborate, with letters that were cut individually from a reflective material. Shame that somebody seems to have swiped it.
It may not show up in the picture all that clearly, but the cross-bar on the sign's post is held in place by a similar nut and a single decking screw. So if the sign is replaced, something more elaborate might have to happen to the post.
As an aside - a coworker wondered if the sign could be altered somehow to read "We Buy Shoes - Any Condition," and what kind of reaction that might generate.
AN UPDATE - Sunday morning, there was a replacement sign hanging from the same post. Not quite as nice as the first one, but hung with the same nut-and-bolt setup dangling from two small chains. After the sign was dispatched, I grabbed the cross bar by removing the nut and the four decking screws, then giving it a few hammer whacks to liberate it.
To demonstrate that there's nothing personal in my removing this sign a second time, and to prevent hard feelings, I decorated the lone remaining vertical bar with a nice smiley face. That should smooth things over.
So THAT'S why I didn't see the sign when we went through Portland on Sunday on the way to Glastonbury to take the old ferryboat across. (Had lunch at that "Happy Days" burger & dog & ice cream stand in Cobalt; I highly recommend their chili-cheese dog with kraut.)
However, I did see one other sign that was in front of somebody's house (have seen this in other areas as well). If the sign is in the front yard of a residence, I'd get in touch with the zoning people in town, because you can't put up a sign like that in an area zoned for residential. You also need to register any business you run out of your house with the town, and get a sales tax certificate from the state.
Sometimes it's easier to let the Powers That Be do some of the work for you.
Keep up the good work...Portland's pretty clean, and I assume it's thanks to you.