My buddy Ted, a local realtor (he was actually our guy on the farm purchase), was checking out the reno progress on a recent sale of his, an old house in town. The buyers, a Toronto couple, had pretty much gutted the main floor stripping walls and ceilings to the studs. Outside, Ted noticed something in their dumptster that caught his discerning eye. To his amazement and disbelief it was a beautifully preserved vintage tin Orange Crush sign, I’m guessing circa 1930s. Ted asked the owners where it came from and if they wanted it. They didn't want it. It wasn’t their style. During demolition they found the sign in the ceiling where it had been used to patch the old roof more than 70 years ago. Unfortunately I guess there were a couple holes to patch so the inventive carpenter(s) had sheared the sign in two.
Ted just happens to have one of the best curated collections of vintage advertising I’ve ever seen and he estimates the sign’s value at about a grand if it were in one piece. $400 as is. But he'll hang on to it. This one will make a great addition to the collection.