perfect signage

roadside stall signage

I am sure that it comes as no surprise to many of you, that I have a bit of a ‘thing’ for old signage. I have a number of old signs here around home, and also at the bach. I love the stories they tell. Particularly if they’re quaint, quirky and home-made. I’m bound to love a sign if it has any or all of these traits.

The less professional it is, the more I’ll probably love it.

And, in my eyes, these orchard signs are absolutely the best. So perfectly imperfect, I can even overlook the spelling mistakes, something my Virgo personality would usually find extremely difficult to do.

They’re on a stretch of Hawkes Bay highway that I swear, Brunnell deliberately speeds up on whenever we pass.

I’m not sure why – tempting though it is to dream of hanging them on my wall, I’m not about to try anything underhand – like foraging a roadside stall sign!

roadside market sign

One day I might be brave enough to venture up the drive, buy some of those delicious figs, and perhaps ask if they still need the runner beans sign. But for now I’ll just content myself with taking photos.

I’ve managed to take these on trips without Brunnell in the car.

The first time I stopped it was a u-turn on a main highway, and squelching about in the mud while wearing my city-girl shoes. Yes, I looked really stupid. But it was worth it. And because the wonderful sign arrangement is never the same twice, I’m always on alert as we approach.

I am not a photographer, but I love to take photos. I think the smart phone era means a lot of us are the same. The best camera is the one you have with you, and now 99% of the time, I have a camera with me. Your phone combined with one of the amazing photo editing apps available to download (Afterlight, Snapseed, VSCO) really means you can make the most of your photography.

But what do you do with your photos? Do most of them go no further than your instagram feed and your camera roll? Same. But some are worthy of more!

Turn some in to the art works they deserve to be.

market stall signage

Have them printed. But not on regular photographic paper. Instead, like I do, choose a lovely raggy or textured art paper stock, and print them digitally so the colour is perfectly true. You will be feeling quite proud of your efforts when you first see them, believe me. You can ogle them awhile, clip them, pin them, tape them or frame them. I print them smaller than the paper size, so there is a nice, natural border around the print, and then I frame them in a bigger frame, so they look more major than minor. If you use an off the shelf frame, they can easily be changed on a whim, or a season, or a memory.

As it happens, I’m going to be passing by this roadside stall tomorrow, Brunell will not be with me, and I’ll have my new camera on standby. I’m already quite excited at seeing yet another perfectly imperfect signage arrangement!

Amanda x

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  • Jen

    October 1, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Wonderful signs! I love the idea of printing on interesting paper-will give it a try.
    Don’t know what other feedback you’ve gotten, but your font is a bit light for me.

    • Amanda

      October 2, 2015 at 7:55 am

      Hi Jen, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave me your comment. I was thinking the same thing actually!! Will see what I can do about it!
      Amanda xx

  • Jan Fry

    October 13, 2015 at 6:08 am

    I wish I had some photos of the signage Dad had at the orchard in the early days. Sadly he replaced some of the lovely hand made signs with modern professional signage in the later years. Such a shame, the homemade, imperfect was so much nicer.