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Photos: School for Sign Spinners

by ARLnow.com — January 2, 2012 at 10:43 am 3,255 15 Comments

Think spinning a sign by the side of the road sounds easy? Think again.

Sign spinners — they who inform passing motorists of closeout specials and condo sales — undergo training sessions to learn many of their acrobatic routines.

We spotted nearly a dozen spinners from the local Aarow Advertising franchise practicing in a small park near Columbia Pike on Friday. They were getting ready to perform during the next day’s Georgetown basketball game at the Verizon Center.

  • Swag

    This seems excessive.

  • PearDPea

    I am always confused about which direction I am supposed to go since the arrow sign is always spinning.

    • stablades

      It’s not always spinning. If the spinner does not point and wave at you, then of course, he’s not directing you, he’s pointing someone else.

  • E

    Ashley Schaffer BMW, WOOT! WOOT! Those girls over there, are my closers…

  • Arlwhenver

    Where is the 250 percent more, Columbia Pike trolley sign?

  • billj

    I happened to be at the Georgetown/Providence game and the sign spinners were pretty good! Practice makes perfect I guess.

  • Jessie

    Mark my words, we will soon see a competitive reality TV show called “Sign Spinners: Throwdown!”

    • charlie

      “Sign Spinners of Maricopa County” — we know that will be hot!!

  • brian

    Sounds like a profession that needs unionized, and perhaps even licensed by the state.

  • drax

    Welcome to the new economy.

  • Arl Co Permit Required

    Sign spinners in the People’s Republic of Arlington must pay a $250 (I believe) fee to obtail an SSL (Sign Spinner License).

  • Harry Rogers

    Anyone else get sort of turned on watching these folks?

  • drax

    The sign says “Save 50% to 80% off”

    Grammar, people.

  • SamsontheCat

    Who says there aren’t jobs good for college grads? Sign spinning is an honored profession.

  • Kate Mounteer

    Yes, I too saw them at the Georgetown Game and they were AWESOME! They had all Georgetown signs. I thought it was a great idea because the cheerleaders were on winter break.

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