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black marker board

July 31st, 2014

What is the main point of a sidewalk display? Well to catch the attention of passersby of course! Nothing seems to do that better than handwritten messages. These black marker boards and chalk boards are able to really make writing stand out and when the vibrant colors of wet erase markers are used, how can everyone not stop to read them! The black boards come in many sizes and in many colors of wood or metal frames. Some have extra writing space that can be used as a business name header. A few have weighted bases to help them withstand mildly windy conditions. All of the stands are portable or mobile because they fold up or have wheels on their bases so that they can be easily brought inside overnight or during rainy weather. Because these sign boards use wet erase markers they are not able to stay out in the rain, unless you want to have to re-write the message that was on the marker board.

black metal outdoor sign frame

July 14th, 2014

Why do we need a whole category devoted to basic sign frames? Well, these holders really save owners money. These are some of our most affordable options when it comes to sign brackets or frames because they don't have all the bells and whistles that some of the other graphics holders do. Some of these kits may just include feet that signs slide into or outdoor H-frames that push into the ground. Some of these kits may come with Coroplast® inserts, but a great majority of them do not. The holders are designed to be used with corrugated plastic inserts or similar materials. The sign frames are made of durable aluminum, steel, or plastic to withstand repeated use. The brackets are easily reused when messages need to be changed. Realtors, landlords, people running for office, and other businesses often use these signs to advertise a property to rent, an open house, or their name and the position that they are hoping to attain.

letter board with sale insert

June 30th, 2014

Let's go back to the basics: Letter boards! Now, by no means am I suggesting that the design of the stand itself is nothing special. The sign frames are made of different materials from aluminum to polyethylene and feature A-frame and swing styles. Several sizes are available too along with bases that will with stand wind and help to keep the message boards upright when breezes become fiercer. When I said basics, I mean the most basic form of advertising, no graphics and no gimmicks. These signs don't use company branding, although there are a few that have headers or sign channels. These letter boards come with alphabet sets and backers with channels for inserting the letters to make words and phrases. Larger words are sometimes available with the signs to advertise sales or specials, while still allowing room for specifics. Black and white backgrounds are available and silver or black framing too for a versatile letterboard that will fit into many settings. So if you don't want to use expensive and distracting graphics in your sign boards, these are the styles for you. There are even replacement kits with letters, numbers, and even wording.

portable pavement sign with weighted base

June 9th, 2014

Living by an ocean certainly has its perks, but one of the things that I didn't think about when I first moved near water was the wind. Now, I'm not just talking breezes; sometimes it gets quite windy on the coast. So what do you do if you're a business owner downtown where there is lots of customer traffic that can be pulled into your shop with a pavement sign, but wind is a problem? Use a sandwich board with a weighted base! There are many to browse through on this site with several display options. There are snap frames to hold signage or there are models that feature white or black boards for use with liquid chalk markers. Several types of weighted bases are also available with sand or water to keep them in place. There is also the choice of just the base itself without a frame if you want to place your own rigid inserts for viewing. What is also great is that the signs are portable so that they can be moved in during inclement weather. Remember these message displays are okay in wind, but not suited for rain or snow!

Closeup of sandwich board made with rubberwood.

May 15th, 2014

Some of the markerboard sign products we sell feature frames made from the rubberwood tree. Ever heard of it? Specifically known as the Para rubber tree from southeast Asia, this wood offers an eco-friendly solution for those looking to live greener. Once the rubber-producing life of these trees comes to an end (usually 25 to 30 years), they were normally burned up to get rid of them. Instead, the wood is now re-used as a construction material, therefore extending the life of this renewable resource, reincarnated as a portable advertising sign.

Lineup of sidewalk signs along busy street.

April 30th, 2014

One of the more popular types of portable signage is the rugged polyethylene sign. Even the prices are rugged. These plastic models have distinct advantages over other types made of metal or wood. They resist the ravages of Mother Nature without rusting or rotting, and they are so resilient that getting run over by motor vehicles can't suppress their strength. Molded-in features such as carrying handles and raised feet make a further case for their usage. Take a look around your community to see just how prevalent these sidewalk signs really are.

Changeable Letter Sign on the Sidewalk

April 15th, 2014

Letter board signage has been around a long time but that's no reason to stop using them! If the product isn't broken, why try to fix it. When you have to display content that needs to be changed frequently or updated, signs with real letters take the guesswork out of the equation. Handwritten signboards have their place in the concrete jungle too, but too often one man's handwriting is another man's incomprehension. Prevent confusion with a professional sidewalk sign.

Cheap Sidewalk Sign

March 28th, 2014

Easily the least expensive sign frame in our catalog, this two-piece a-frame sign is a welcome choice for those looking for a cheap, temporary, or the proverbial "use once and throw away" application. The sides fold open like standard A-frames and the material is white styrene. Attach your own signage or draw right on the surface to communicate your intentions. But let us reiterate; this sign is not a wipe on/wipe off sign. Draw with a marker and it's not coming off! However in the grand scheme of things, portable signage has its place and it should be affordable enough. Absolutely.

Fillable-Base Sign

March 14th, 2014

We sell a number of signs with fillable bases which are great choices for windy locations. Most of these sign frames feature a wide base constructed from molded plastic with the sign frame rising up from the center. One particular model sports an a-frame look with futuristic styling. It may not look like it but the plastic frame located on both sides of the sign is hollow and therefore fillable. Wheels are standard on models such as these, because the added weight of sand or water would make them too heavy to pick up normally.

Rugged Plastic Outdoor Signage

February 28th, 2014

A little street advertising can go a long way. Take a look at this Polyethylene A-Frame Sign evidenced in the image at right. It's advertising for the store next to it, but if you were a motorist you might not have paid attention were it not for that sidewalk sign. You see, these portable signs extend the marketing reach of your business. Your company name, logo, or slogan is now that much closer to the curb, where people walking or driving can see it often way before they can see your place of business. These are made from super-tough polyethylene too, a good choice for curb side!

Black Markerboards

February 14th, 2014

Outdoor sign advertising doesn't have to be difficult. One of the easiest ways to attract attention is with a black chalkboard. Unlike sign frames that display printed posters, with these types all you need is a stick of chalk and some imagination (or at least some writing ability). These pavement signs are always double-sided so you can point your messages in both directions. These sign tools advertise food specials, menus, new additions, and other sales promotions with old-fashioned style. Check out the our large selection of black markerboards and chalkboards with solid wood frames in a number of fine stained finishes.

Sidewalk Letter Boards

January 31st, 2014

Next time you're out and about reading the specials on Cafe Letterboards, take a look at the actual sidewalk. Older cities had what they called vaulted sidewalks, evidenced by the glass you sometimes see embedded in the concrete. These little glass prisms are designed to send outside light underneath the sidewalk to help illuminate the basement (before electric lighting was used). Yes, older building footprints often extended beyond the face of the structure. Vault lights are an extinct animal as they are no longer used, and many preservationists have called for their restoration as they provide historical and architectural interest to the concrete jungle.

Real Estate Sign Frame

January 17th, 2014

These Steel Sign Stakes are standards of the industry. The Real Estate Industry, that is. The reason for this is two-fold. First, property agents need a way to get their message out fast and clear since the majority of properties are discovered while driving. By sticking the sign frame into the ground, the agents are able to strategically position the sign for optimum exposure. Second, real estate agents need to communicate what the available property is, and include an easily readable phone number. But real estate companies aren't the only ones to take advantage of these outdoor signs. Building contractors and lawn service providers are just a few of the business that like to advertise their services while working on a property.

Popup Sideline Signs

December 31st, 2013

Sponsors like to do a little of their own advertising when they back an outdoor event or sports game. And when they do they choose soft fabric sideline banners. There are a couple of reasons behind this. First, the signs are printed onto mesh fabric which is stretched on a thin fiberglass frame. This lightweight assembly can be folded and transported in its own bag. Stakes secure the sign to the ground. Second, the fabric banners have no sharp corners and collapse on impact, an important consideration when displaying them along sports field sidelines. Portable signs are an uncommon, but beneficial way to advertise your corporate business!

Polyethylene Pavement Signs

December 13th, 2013

Rugged Polyethylene Signs defy the elements with their corrosion-proof makeup. No wood frame to decay or steel body to rust here! These types of pavement signs take a licking and keep on standing, no matter how much abuse is handed to them. They make excellent choices for construction sites and parking garages, in addition to your average sidewalk. The company stocks standard sandwich board styles (A-Frame), along with vertical signs that feature fillable bases. These frames display posters but can also accept pre-printed boards that slide into the sides of the frame. Marker boards are available too and there's even the pylon-shaped totem (shown at right). Lots of signs for sidewalks using this indestructable material are stocked for same day shipment.

Aluminum Sidewalk Sign

November 29th, 2013

Not all Poster Signs are created equal. Many proprietors simply leave their signage outside too long until the inevitable happens. We take pride in applying heavily-coated and protected materials in which to brave the elements. While the sign at right is predominantly manufactured from aluminum, the base section and feet are painted steel. Without this protective layer, the sign would perish and die a quick death...or at least stop looking very nice. Once outdoor signage starts looking dingy and run-down, it directly reflects on your business. And if your business is busy during tourist season, you need to stay on top of that!

Rolling Letter Board Sign

November 15th, 2013

Not one for handwritten messages on a marker board? Letter Boards are versatile sign displays that can be used by every one. You get five to six rows of lettering area to help promote your business. The individual letters speak loud and clear and can be read from a great distance. In addition to standard sandwich board styles that fold flat for transporting, these signs are also available with fillable bases. What's more, these bases feature wheels and convenient carrying handles as part of the molded plastic base. So when the base is heavy (once filled with sand or water), moving the sign is very easy!

A-Frame Sign Markerboard

October 31st, 2013

Sidewalk Marker Boards bring out the artist in all of us. That may be a bold claim but in the hands of someone capable, a blank slate can transform into a work of art that just happens to advertise for your business! All of these writable signs come in the familiar A-Frame style with two sides that fold flat for storage. Most feature a black engineered chalk surface with shatter-resistant properties, which is a good thing because traditional slate would not hold up in outdoor extremes. Wet erase markers are the writing tools of choice. These provide vibrant colors that jump off the black surface, perfect for advertising your cafe or retail shop! (We sell them too!)

Poster Sign with Water Base

October 15th, 2013

Poster Signs with fillable bases provide easy mobility for an outdoor display. They are best used in locations susceptible to offshore winds or breezy alleys. Of course these can be displayed filled with sand or water or unfilled, depending on your preference or outdoor conditions. Like a-frames and sandwich boards, these fillable base signs help to extend the reach of your establishment by presenting promotional posters or adverts out on the sidewalk. Oftentimes passersby will notice these displays before they'll notice your place of business!

Letter Board Advertising Food Menu

September 13th, 2013

Changeable Letter Signs have the distinction of displaying clean and concise messages that are visible from great distances. The same can’t be said of marker boards with handwritten markings. Using your stock of pre-cut letters, all you have to do is remove the letter board from the sign frame and insert a new message. The letter board is inserted back into the frame and you’re all set. Don’t forget that these outdoor letter boards are double-sided! They come in many variations, including black or white letters and frames featuring silver or black finishes. Just one of many signs for sidewalks available online now!