Saturday, July 26, 2014

SIGNS, SIGNS...

When I saw the Sepia Saturday prompt, I just grinned—I knew exactly where to go...

...and so this morning, after breakfast and numerous cups of coffee, I hopped into my Yaris and headed north to the town of Windsor, a small town near Maine’s capital city of Augusta. After the rush and roar of Augusta, it’s absolute heaven to roll along the side roads of Windsor, past the fairgrounds and the church, past fields and woodlots.

 Hussey’s General Store in Windsor is, I am sure, a state landmark – a general store that sits at a crossroads in rural Maine. Tourists make the trip here just to photograph this sign.
It’s definitely worth the trip.
The store boasts that it’s got everything (and if it doesn’t have it, you don’t need it), and I believe it...hammers and nails, bread and chips, paint brushes and rollers and dropcloths, brooms and mops and buckets, bottles and boxes of cleaning fluids, oil and gas treatments, wallpaper, rugs, welcome mats, wooden drying racks, dishpans, storage bins, paper plates, knives...

...and, of course, guns and wedding gowns and cold beer.


All you need, indeed!

31 comments:

  1. HA -- reminds me of a bus tour in Boston when the driver said that he loves Chinatown because it's the only place where you can buy a microwave, wedding gown, and a can of peas in the same store. Hussey sounds like it provides all the components of a wedding, too - gun, gown, and beer.

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    1. And the guns include SHOTGUNS...of course!

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  2. With the boast of offering so much, I wonder how large the store is geographically (so to speak). Does it cover a city block? More? Less? I'd love to visit it sometime.

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    1. MUCH smaller than a city block! It really has all the essentials, but if you want extras, you'd have to travel. It's really a fun store, for certain!

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  3. Oh yeah, there has been than wedding or possibly two, that needed a gun and beer after, hand in hand. A store with a wide range of variety!

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    1. You can find pretty much anything you need in there...but only one kind of each thing. Not much choice...but, who cares? It's a great place to prowl.

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  4. I would also like to visit that store - what variety.

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    1. I've seen license plates from Michigan and Iowa, for crying out loud! People come from all over just to see that sign!

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    1. It is, for sure! Can dress the bride, hold the groom at gunpoint, drink beer and even buy something for your hangover!

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  6. Hilarious! What a wonderful store and it sounds like you enjoyed the trip.

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    1. It's a fabulous store -- one can browse for hours! I'm always amazed at the diversity!

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  7. Just the place for a shotgun wedding.

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    1. Maybe they should build a small patio out back, with lovely gardens -- hold weddings there, add to their revenue!

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  8. What a great & hilarious sign. We have one similar in Sonora which I've featured before that begins: "Cold Beer, Knives, Guns, Ammo . . . " No wedding dresses, though. :))

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    1. One of my favorites was hanging outside a vegetable stand. It had a list of veggies for sale, including "karots" and "cucks."
      Wouldn't I love to have a photo of THAT to post on Sepia!

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  9. I love this kind of store! I wonder if anyone has ever seriously looked for a wedding gown there.

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    1. Oh, yes! Seriously...there ARE wedding gowns there!

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  10. A great sign for this week's theme, though I was a bit staggered to find guns amongst the wares! I liked the comments on "shotgun weddings"!

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    1. Well, as you know, the US has no common sense when it comes to gun control -- it's "gun-outta-control" over here. But then, guns are a real money-maker...

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    1. I kinda like "grey," Pauleen...as in Fifty Shades of?

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  12. Guns and wedding gowns, oh my! I would love to see that if I'm ever in the vicinity. I am sure the cold beer is for the reception after. Is the storekeeper a minister or justice of the peace? Great photo.

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    1. There's lots more to see in Maine -- but I think this should be an Official State Landmark -- it's pretty funny!

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  13. Thank you for the smile this raised Deb.

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  14. You're so welcome...nothing like a good grin to start out your day!

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  16. I just have to ask - does hussey/hussy have the same meaning in USA as it does in Australia ? Some of our words don't have quite the same meaning so I just have to ask. Because it is a really hilarious sign.

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