Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Sign Me Up.

On my trip back to my hometown in July,
I noticed that the street signs had been replaced.
 The old ones were metal and cool 
 I wondered what had been done with them. 

 I spotted a sign in a front yard garden.  So I knew there had to be a way to find one.
  Unfortunately, I didn't have the time to research it before
our vacation was over and I left California without one.

But then, unexpectedly going back a few weeks ago (dad's funeral),
 I had a second chance to do sign research. 
I headed to City Hall, where indeed I found out they were for sale. $78 each. 
I wanted, needed, must have...the street I grew up on.
 "Grandview Ave." 

I chose the one I wanted, then went back 2 days later.
It had to be picked from storage and brought to City Hall. 
I went back and happily collected it with my nieces. (they're cute too!)

I wrapped it McGyver style, then shipped it to myself in MN.
I thought shipping was going to be super expensive,
due to it's weight and odd shape. But it was decent at $14. Yay!
It arrived nearly unscathed. It was my mini-Christmas.

Here it is.
From years and years in Sierra Madre to my very own wall.
It's metal, porcelain, rusty and just the right amount of chippy.
Very cool.

To make this story even sweeter...
 So I'd be able to purchase the sign and not incur unexpected costs,
At dinner one night a dear friend slipped $80 in my purse. 
 So very kind, bringing tears to my eyes.
(she knows who she is and she's getting a necklace. smile and hugs.)

So you see, it really is a gift from Home.
Grandview Ave.
Right in my living room.
xo Jeanne

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  1. What a great sign! How fun to find one with the street you grew up on. It look great in your house!

  2. I love it and am so glad they didnt just chuck them out.Who needs lastic when you have old ones like that?

  3. Isn't that just the best find ever??
    It fits perfect in your home...what a treasure!

  4. And it looks like you found the perfect spot for it! :)

  5. Awww, what a sweet story...Love the sign. It looks great in its new home. Have a wonderful day.

    Hugs and Kisses,

  6. Your such a sentimental sweetie.


  7. How AWESOME! I love that you got to get that sign and the kindness of friends....priceless :)

    Looks great hanging in your home!

    Lou Cinda

  8. What a great story! I love that you were able to get it/it's meaning to you and it looks awesome in your beautiful home! :)

  9. So glad you have Grandview Jeanne! I gave my husband Orange Grove and Skyland for his birthday. One is the street he grew up on, and the other is where we lived when first married!!


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