If you have seen American Pickers, you already know that they love to sell vintage signs. Most of the items that sell for a lot of money are ones that were formerly roadside signs. They’re huge, and the new owners proudly hang them in their barns and garages. Normally, these signs might sell for $200. But if you’re lucky, rare signs featuring popular brands can go for much more. While researching for this article, I spotted a Texaco sign that sold for $17,000.
However, you need to be careful when you browse garage sales. Nowadays, you can walk into any Hobby Lobby or Michael’s craft store and find reproductions of vintage signs. To the untrained eye, you might assume that the sign is old, when in reality it’s only worth $20. I made that mistake a few times when browsing garage sales as a newbie. Be careful, and examine the signs carefully before you try to sell them.