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by Joel Habush

Of course, that’s not for everyone. There just might be some people who want perfect (or imperfect) strangers coming, uninvited, to their door. Perhaps they’re lonely—so they wouldn’t put up a warning sign. Solicitors take the absence of such a sign as a welcome mat.

Solicitors wish to take advantage of your natural politeness; and they will use that to start plying their considerable selling skills. Naturally thick skinned, they are prepared for your objections—they won’t take no for an answer. Your “No Solicitors” sign doesn’t even allow them to ask the question.

Remember, solicitors don’t care if they waste your time. What they do care about is wasting their time. If you think about it, you’re actually doing them a favor…as well as yourself. Door-to-door selling is a numbers game; they’ve only got so many hours in a day to wear down people’s sales resistance.

”No Solicitors” tells them to move on down the road—nothing to see here, nobody to sell here. Now, if they’re block headed enough to ring your doorbell anyway, there’s a faint possibility that you might feel so sorry for them that you’ll listen to their pitch, but we highly doubt it. By ignoring the sign, they’ve called forth your righteous and rightful indignation. “No Solicitors” means “No Sale.” In no uncertain terms!

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A further thought: For centuries, independent peddlers were the heart’s blood of Commerce. These hardy souls went from house to house, town to town, even country to country, providing everything from clothes to pots & pans; from knives & knife sharpening services to perfumes and lotions; and from cleaning supplies to produce.

But…Time marches on.

Of course that way of doing business was long before the advent of the internet, even before humans discovered shopping malls, in a day when college kids could still sell magazines door to door—before many of the magazines disappeared off the face of the earth.

Nowadays, you can make your purchases when you want, going to your favorite store, shopping on line, or getting information by phone from a company’s customer service representative. In a word—or two words, to be exact—“Easy, peasy.”


Check out our many ways for you to say “HELL NO”  in our store.

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The Eagle Scout final project is the largest project in the entire scouting community. But what do you have to do?


Pewter POW MIA Sign A Memorial to Those Who Fought For Us


Well, that is really up to the scout. They can do almost anything they get approval for, but one of the projects that we see is a military memorial for a city or park, because the Eagle Scout Final Project cannot specifically help a business or individual.

Our custom signs are a great touch for any memorial, but they’re even better for an Eagle Scout project. Because our signs are lighter than cast metal and only a quarter of the cost, you can spend less time on fundraising and more time on developing the rest of the project. In addition, our signs can be easily mounted on a stake or wall with our selection of mounting styles. On top of the ease for installation, our signs are durable and weather-proof.

If you know any Eagle Scouts who have finished projects using any of our signs, let us know! We love to see our signs doing what we designed them to do. And we support improving local parks and communities.

Remember, all signs from Atlas Signs and Plaques are made from American Materials and Labor.

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Out Damn Gredients

by Joel Habush

NewStopPlaque.1 STOP and think about what you are eating.


I’ve noticed over the past few years that the importance of what’s in a product has taken a back seat to what’s not in a product—the outgredients triumph the ingredients in the buyer’s decisions.

It hit me hard in the grocery store yesterday. I went to get a bottle filled with water that had been purified beyond belief by reverse osmosis, infra red rays, charcoal filtration, and love, sweet love; there was a new label on the bottle, stating that it, the bottle itself, not the water, was BPA-Free. I wish it had just stated, “Free”— do you know what bottled water costs nowadays?

But this label proudly announced that the purchaser would be safe from the dangers of bisphenol-a, something I hadn’t even been aware of, much less been able to pronounce.

I first realized this phenomenon some years back when many laundry detergents started bragging about the fact that they did not contain chlorine bleach. Then they upped the ante with “phosphate-free.”

I think it started when learned that our paint should be lead free, and our insulation asbestos free.

Then when we learned what we had long suspected, that sugar wasn’t always the best thing for everybody, “sugar free” products starting jostling each other for space on the supermarket shelves.

Unforeseen, but inevitably, sweeteners came along, proclaiming proudly they did not contain whichever sugar alternative had most recently fallen into popular disfavor…only to be doomed eventfully to similar fates.

Certain mouthwashes proclaim they’re alcohol-free. If you ask, me, if you’re ordering the latest chi chi fashionable designer cocktail, it would be helpful to be able to identify one that will taste like it’s mouthwash-free.

Sodium free foods, at first of interest only to those on cardiac diets, became a selling point to all consumers, even those who did not need to drastically reduce their salt intake.

“Fat free.” That’s a huge seller now. However if you look closely at the ingredients listing on the label, things like sodium and sugar might increase their percentages to make up for the taste loss inherent in fat free products.

Oh, and then there’s cholesterol free. That’s good. But nobody can tell me which is better—cholesterol-free or fat free, and which one impacts on the other.

How Low Can You Go
When they couldn’t do the free part, they went to “low,” as in low fat, low sugar, low sodium. We love compromises, thinking that 2% Milk, while not entirely fat free, is at least better for one than fat, fatty fat, milk.

Even some tobacco companies trumpeted that their cigarettes were low tar, blithely ignoring the fact that they still had nicotine and all the carcinogens.

Lately, anti-biotics-free and hormone-free chicken, pork, and beef have become the fastest growing segment of the meat market, while pesticide-free produce is certainly more appealing to the average customer than the oh-so-trendy, “organic.”

Buying local supposedly helps consumers be assured that the missing toxins are really missing.

And all this is just the beginning

Let’s take a peek at what’s on the horizon:


CEO: Well, Farnswold, I understand you marketing fellows, oh, sorry Betsy, “you marketing folks” have come up with something that will kick a little life into many of our stagnant products.

FARNSWORTH: Yessir, Betsy show him the new label for our cookies.


CEO: Ta da?


CEO: What does that say?—“Arsenic Free?” What are you, nuts? Why would our cookies contain arsenic?

FARNSWOLD: That’s just it, sir. They don’t. And we’re telling the people that. It will kick our sales through the roof.

CEO: Well, the other baking companies’ cookies don’t contain arsenic either.

FARNSWOLD: We’re not saying they do. But the average consumer will not see anything about that on the other cookie packages. If they’re concerned, let those guys put that on their labels. By the time they do, we will have cornered the market.


There you have it. If you have any questions, call me. Feel free.
But I really must leave now. There’s a big sale down the street on tires for my smart car. And they’re gluten free.


By Joel Habush

About Atlas Signs—They’re free everything, except for the price.

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Halloween: A Time of Fright, A Time of Delight (October)

by AtlasSigns

The Modern Halloween celebration is a recent development.

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How to Patina, Part I

by AtlasSigns

Patina is most broadly defined as the observed and physical change in a surface over time caused by exposure to oxygen or other environmental elements and compounds. On metal, it is the film of corrosion on the surface caused primarily by the reaction of the metal with oxygen.

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