Signs that make me laugh: Big Daddy’s Computer Lounge

I love this picture.

First, because the name is amazing.  Not only is it Big Daddy’s, but it’s a lounge.  So much better than an internet cafe.

Second, because of the cartoon face, which I presume is based upon a real person who calls himself Big Daddy.

Third, because they are selling PCs for $99.

Fourth, because they unnecessarily used an apostrophe on PCs.

Fifth, because the unnecessary apostrophe is upside down and backwards, meaning they are re-using a comma as an apostrophe (thanks to Anney for pointing that out to me!).

On Coxwell just north of Queen.

Signs that make me laugh: “Rose Computers and Antiques Enterprise”

Would you buy your computer from an antique dealer?  The odd combination of merchandise reminds me of Bakewell Auto Parts and Pet Supplies.

This place, which actually seems to do alright, is on Danforth between Woodbine and Coxwell.  I love that it’s an “enterprise”.    That really sets them apart from the computer-and-antique competition.

I wonder if you can get old Commodore 64s in there, or 5 inch floppy disks…

What makes somebody want to sell both antiques and computers?  Maybe it’s just really hard to make it in the antique market, because just around the corner is a place advertising “Hair Cutting & Antiques.”

Do you think they use antique scissors?  Straight razors?

Signs that make me laugh: “Bakewell Auto Parts & Pet Supplies”

My wife and I spotted this sign while on vacation in the Peak District.

Doesn’t this strike you as a bit of an odd combination?  Auto parts and pet supplies?   Who buys their cat food and oil filters from the same guy?

I would have thought that the lovely town of Bakewell, Derbyshire was big enough to have separate auto parts and pet supplies stores.

Signs that make me laugh: Creepy Doll is “Not For Sale”

To understand this post you’ve got to understand a bit about what it is like to work in a Thrift Store.

The job of sorting through people’s donations is interesting, but kind of like shopping at a garage sale – most of the stuff is junk, and you’ve got to be willing to sort through the garbage to find something good.  Actually, the odds of finding something good might be a bit lower than your average garage sale, because often people who have garage sales wait until their stuff is picked over, and then they donate it to The Salvation Army.

So once in a while you find something good.  But on very rare occasions, the staff and volunteers who are sorting through donations come across something so great, or so precious, that they decide to keep in on permanent display in the store, rather than selling it for a few bucks.

While I was working for The Salvation Army in the Quinte Region, we opened a new Thrift Store and Family Services facility in Campbellford.  It is a really cool buidling – formerly a baptist church, which was converted into a flower shop before it was leased to the Army (hence the painted flowers below the windows, which the landlord would not let us remove!).

During the grand opening, my brother happened to notice this doll sitting behind the counter, prominently marked “Not For Sale.”   I find it hilarious that someone thought this doll was so amazing that they just couldn’t bear to part with it.  You know what they say about one man’s junk…

If it was me, I would not want that doll staring at the back of my head while I worked the cash register.  I think it might give me nightmares.  It looks like something out of a horror movie.


Signs that make me laugh: McLean Insurance – Free Pizza

I found this  sign in Perth on the weekend.   “McLean Insurance: GREAT RATES, Award-Winning Service, FREE Pizza.”  The three things everyone is looking for in an insurance company!

Would you make a decision on something as important as an insurance policy on the basis of an offer of free pizza?

I guess it would depend on how good the pizza was.   If it was from the Goodwood Oven, just up the street, I might be tempted!

signs that make me laugh: “coffee lime”

I ventured off Danforth a bit to find this sign, at Pape and Floyd, just North of Mortimer.

What on earth does “Coffee Lime” mean?

Please, if you eat lime with your coffee, let me know, because I’d really like to understand this one.  As far as I know, those are two things that don’t go together at all.

I actually noticed this place a few years ago, and I thought it was hilarious because they seemed to be copying the font and colour scheme of Coffee Time (which is everywhere in Toronto).  Coffee Time has re-branded recently, so you might not think that Coffee Lime looks anything like Coffee Time.  But their old signs look something like this:

So you can see how I was wondering if Coffee Lime was simply an attempt to fool people into entering the place. Maybe they were hoping that customers would glance quickly at the sign and go in, thinking they were at a Coffee Time.  Does that sound like a ridiculous explanation?   Well it makes more sense to me than someone simply choosing to name their business Coffee Lime.

The big problem with my theory is that Coffee Lime is attempting a bit of re-branding of their own, with this new sign out front.  They still have a tribute-to-Coffee-Time sign on the side of the building.

My confusion about this place is not helped by the fact that there is now a hot dog on the sign.  I also think it is funny that they separated “iced” and “cappuccino” with a bullet.

Signs that make me laugh: “Cats, Eye Fashion”

I’ve come up with three possible interpretations of this sign.

a) this store sells an assortment of cats and eye glasses (as the punctuation would seem to indicate)

b) this store sells tiny eye glasses designed for cats (“Cats’ Eye Fashion”)

c) this store sells fashion items that would meet with the approval of a discerning cat (“Cat’s Eye Fashion”)

Option c) seems most likely, though I never knew cats had an eye for fashion. 

And that still doesn’t explain why they are the “trusted name in retail and wholesale.”  Who buys fashion wholesale?  Certainly not cats.

La-DI$COUNT has nothing on Cats, Eye Fashion.