The place she was talking about, Class and Trash, was a pretty amazing antique shop filled to the gills (two stories and outside) with industrial vintage finds. I know this because the day after reading Richmond Thrifter's blog post, I trucked it out there to score a couple of those big metal letters for our own home!
I was impressed with how many larger scale and industrial items — like trunks, baskets, bins, chalkboards and old carts were there, and felt my heart started beating fast like it did when we visited the Tobacco Barn antique mall during our trip to Asheville, NC earlier this year. Because I had a mission for the day to get a giant letter V, I skipped over much everything to get to them before closing, so I'm itching to get back to the place to look around more. Although that could prove to be dangerous.
I saw the wall of metal letters straight away and grabbed the largest size V they had there. There were multiples of many of the letters and I think they are hand fabricated, so they will probably stock more.
Tim and I have been looking for a big letter V sign to hang in the house since it represents Vidra, Tim's last name and what will become my last name in June (yay!). This one was great in that it carries a ton of industrial and vintage-feeling charm.
I also fell in love with this curved arrow sign and snagged that before heading back home too:
They had all sorts of other big symbols too, like the @ and & figures. I thought those could be cool if a couple wanted to have 2 letters with the ampersand in-between for a wedding and then hang in the house later on and also thought the @ would be cool for companies with a big Twitter following to have on display in their office space. The possibilities are endless, but I needed to stay focused and not go too crazy. We'll save that for another trip back.
Once I got the V and the arrow home, we'd been letting them hang out in the house over the past month while we decided where they should ultimately live. The arrow has been and still is hanging out very happily in our little mudroom nook atop the white hutch:
The metal letters from Class and Trash are very lightweight because they are fabricated from thin sheets of metal and are hollow on the inside. This is great, but also proved to challenge us for ideas on how to actually hang this big V on the wall. We thought about drilling small holes in one side and hanging it from command strips or hooks and we even thought about installing a small wall mounted shelf to let the V just rest on.
Then Tim came up with the genius idea we ended up using — Velcro. Yes, this sounded very scary to me at first too. The thought of Velcro-ing this guy up on the wall left all sorts of horror stories in the making conjuring up in my head. Then all of those feelings went away we found this Velcro at the local hardware store:
It's industrial strength, adheres to most surfaces, good for indoor and outdoor use and water resistant. Each Velco pack came with 2 sets, so we went with 3 packs to make sure this V wasn't going to budge. We just wiped down the side of the V we wanted to be the back and stuck one half of each velcro strip evenly along key points in the backing.
Frequent breaks to see what was happening on The Walking Dead were required:
He did it this way so we wouldn't have to measure or align anything by sticking one side of the strips to the wall first. After everything was in place, Tim peeled off the Velcro backings and literally stuck this big V to the wall:
It's been a week since we got the V up in it's new home and it hasn't moved — it's pretty amazing. We like the idea that we can peel the V off the wall if we need to clean it or move it and that we didn't need to drill any holes in the back of the metal.
Now that it's up and in such a prominent location, we've had a couple people ask what the V stands for. Since it isn't as obvious that is stands for Vidra as we'd hoped, Tim and I have had fun coming up with other random V words we can toss out without skipping a beat when the question comes up to leave folks scratching their heads even further before spilling the beans (Virginia, Victory, Venison, Vaseline...).
What've you got? We'd love an ongoing list.
If you're near the Richmond area, Class and Trash was such a fun place to stop by and one we'd recommend if you're passing through. I'm sure they've got more of these letters on hand if you wanted to call ahead and reserve one for yourself!