Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated
March 12, 2012 12:34 PM Subscribe
What can you tell me about those red signs that say Thank You For Shopping Here Your Business Is Appreciated
posted by bubukaba to media & arts (11 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
They seem to be incredibly widespread, in the US at least. I've seen them on both coasts and in the Midwest. Their prevalence seems unprecedented and possibly meaningful in a way I'm not grasping. I'd like to make more sense of them.
I'm curious about:
• Where do they come from? (Some distributor of convenience store goods? Some government program for supporting small retailers?)
• When did they start appearing? (Did you start noticing them at any particular time? Was there a similar mass-produced sign that preceded them?)
• Why do business owners put them up?
• Appearances in popular or unpopular culture (I'm 95% sure I saw one appear in a hip hop video once, apparently as an icon of life in the 'hood — I'd love to see this or similar examples of the use of this sign as a symbol).
• Personal experiences (types of businesses you've seen them at, what you associate with them, parts of the country or world that you've seen them in...)
Inevitably, since I've started wondering about them I haven't seen a single one in the wild, or I'd have asked the business owner some of these questions myself!