Street Sign 37th Street John Marshall eBay

Ask the Readers: What the Hell do I do with this Sign?

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A few weekends ago, my wife and I got to enjoy some garage sales on a Saturday morning. My in-laws were watching the little flipper.

Side note: I forgot how relaxing a warm weekend day gallivanting through garage sales can be. I still get the exhilaration of the find, but we didn’t have to wrangle our daughter and make sure she wasn’t touching EVERYTHING or running into the street! Thanks Grammy and Pop Pop!

Anywho, first thing that jumps out at me is this sign.

Street Sign 37th Street John Marshall eBay

Yes, the sign is sitting on a huge pile. It’s all from my big purchase in July! Working through it, I swear!

I picked it up (it’s 2ftx 3ft), and the garage sale owner (proprietor? guy running the garage sale? I can’t think of a good word to describe the person who’s holding a garage sale) looked thrilled.

Garage sale guy: *Holds up 4 fingers* “$4 bucks.” I had thought he meant $40!

Me: “Drunk night?”

Garage sale guy: *Laughing* “I don’t know! It was my mother-in-law’s!”

All 5 or 6 people that were with him had a good laugh about that one. I didn’t pry any further. All I was thinking when I saw it was “Man Cave.”

Then I had to bring it in my house. Now that I have the sucker home, I have no idea what to do with it!

Like I said, it’s big. I posted over at Thrifting with the Boys‘ Facebook group with a question about it and got some help. Someone suggested taking it apart and selling it as two pieces. I hadn’t thought about that at all!

I just wish it was one of the big ‘0’ birthdays. 40 or 50 would have been a fun one. I’m not sure if there’s a lot of people who want to celebrate their 37th birthday.

I also don’t know if there’s any legal ramifications. If there’s a chance I shouldn’t sell this online, it’s probably a Craigslist item. It’s from Arlington, VA, but that’s all the information I have.

I just don’t think that I’m going to find a John Marshall in the local area and that eBay is the perfect spot for someone to find it.

Question to the Readers:

How would you sell this sign? Break it up into two? Craigslist? Anyone else with street sign experience?

I’m OK if a “long haired freaky” person buys this sign.


For anyone still reading, I could not fit in a “Who is John Marshall?” joke. If there’s any John Galt lovers out there, here’s some early Thursday morning Ayn Rand humor. OK, have some more!

Comments 7

  1. ramifications. That worries me. I’m curious to see what other readers have to say about that.

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  2. I think it’s unlikely that you’d incur legal ramifications as a result of reselling a sign that was resold to you. I agree with splitting it up and selling the two signs on ebay. Cool find!

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      That’s my hope too but just wanted to make sure I did a little due diligence. At least if I broke them up, there’d be no way for anyone to know which cross streets they were!

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  4. Isn’t it great being able to go out saling with your wife and without the kids. Our kids are at an age when they can stay home by themselves and I feel like we are teenagers again..doing on all sorts of dates together (grocery shopping, garage saling, Menards)..LOL I do love it!

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      It is. I feel a bit selfish enjoying it so much but you just forget what your life was like before kids and these little glimpses definitely help you cope during those hard situations that the kids love to throw you into.

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