Shelby Sullivan loves making people smile and laugh with her signs

If you’ve strolled past one of Bridgetown’s shops lately and had a smile and a laugh at the sign outside, then you’re not alone.

Lots of people are having their funny bones tickled by the humorous signs on A-frames up and down the street.

Angela Nicholas, who owns The Bridgetown Loft with business partner Victoria Meyer, thinks she started the trend in her old shop when she decided to write on an A-frame sign and immediately got a positive response.

And from there it just grew.

“People would come and take photos and send it to their friends and grab friends to come in and have a look, people would come in saying how much they love the signs, so I just continued it for them,” Mrs Nicholas said.

“It makes people laugh and it’s so nice seeing people walk past, see the sign, stop and burst out laughing.

“It just makes me feel good that it makes other people feel good,” she said.

 

If you’ve strolled past one of Bridgetown’s shops lately and had a smile and a laugh at the sign outside, then you’re not alone.

Lots of people are having their funny bones tickled by the humorous signs on A-frames up and down the street.

Angela Nicholas, who owns The Bridgetown Loft with business partner Victoria Meyer, thinks she started the trend in her old shop when she decided to write on an A-frame sign and immediately got a positive response.

And from there it just grew.

“People would come and take photos and send it to their friends and grab friends to come in and have a look, people would come in saying how much they love the signs, so I just continued it for them,” Mrs Nicholas said.

“It makes people laugh and it’s so nice seeing people walk past, see the sign, stop and burst out laughing.

“It just makes me feel good that it makes other people feel good,” she said.

She finds inspiration for each new sign from everywhere, covering all sorts of subjects and changing the signs every week.

People occasionally drop in suggestions, with kids, Covid and diets a rich source of material.

Her personal favourite is ‘I need to go on a diet because if I got murdered today my chalk outline would be a circle.’

Sporting smiles

Seeing other people smile and laugh is also a joy for Hampton Street’s other keen signwriter, Shelby Sullivan, who works at Lifesports.

“It’s so nice when you see someone walk past and laugh,” she said.

She’s been doing the signs for three-to-four months and is always looking for something with a sporting theme.

Instagram and Google are a rich source of material for her, though she said it’s surprising how long it sometimes takes to come up with something.

Her latest: ‘Pilates? I thought you said pie and lattes’, is certainly raising a few smiles from people passing by.

But when it comes to topicality the board up at Clovers Store this week really takes some beating: ‘Has anyone tried unplugging the United States and plugging them back in again?’

Now that really is a sign of the times.