My Sherwin-Williams Humor!

When I was growing up, we had a “Sherwin-Williams” store in Sayre.  When I moved to Indiana, I saw the “Sherwin-Williams Paints” store.  For craft projects I was working on, I would use “Oops” paint that was available.  While there, I would share jokes and riddles with the employees.  Over time, when I took a closer look at the signs in the windows, I could not resist asking different questions of the manager and/or his crew about business in general.  Being a “Visual” person, I had humorous questions.

My first question was:  How much does Mr. Williams charge?  They had no idea what I was asking, but when I stated that “the sign” says: Sherwin-Williams Paints.  Paints is a verb, so what does he charge?

Another question was in regards to the company’s financial wellbeing.  On the left side of the window, the sign says:  We rent Powerwashers & Sprayers.  I wondered if money was an issue because I thought they could afford to buy that type of equipment for their customers to rent.

Another observation was in regards to the hanging sign to the right of the doors.  I said that the sign was incorrect.  They did not understand what I meant, but when I said that the sign was actually a “Neon Sign” and not “Wall Paper,” then they got it.

A few months later, I made a sign out of all different actual wall paper and brought it to the store as a gift.  They made me sign the back of it.  The manager and staff had a surprise for me the next time I came to the store.  They actually have my Wall Paper sign hanging on the wall in the store.




Author: shutupjohn8

I am John P. Burkhart and reside in Indiana, Pennsylvania. For over 25 years, I worked in Visual Merchandising and Store Design for different companies across America. The cities include: San Diego, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, Tampa, Honolulu, Boston, and Richmond. In 2000, I went home to help my parents. For the back story, go to Youtube, type: John Burkhart on the search line and see a video that Sean Yoder and James Nestor at the Indiana Gazette did August 15, 2015. Hope you get a laugh or two when see the video and/or read my blog. Enjoy!

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