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Get Your Own Toronto Street Sign

Next week, the City will start putting its decommissioned street signs on the auction block.

Photo by Marc Lostracco.

Starting April 28, you’ll be able to get your hands on some much-coveted Toronto mementoes: decommissioned street signs.

Whether you’re looking for street names with a nostalgic, personal, or humorous appeal, there’s a good chance the City’s online sign auction will have something for you: 1,750 signs will eventually be available for purchase, and between 200 and 300 signs will be added each year. (Odds are good that at some point, at least one of them will feature your name, or a very funny name, or the name of the street you grew up on.)

The City is partnering with Platinum Liquidations on this venture—the signs will be auctioned off through the company’s website. Signs will be displayed there for 60 days and bids will start at $30.

“Over the past few years, the public has shown great interest in owning a piece of the City’s history and we are very pleased to be providing this opportunity,” said Councillor Denzil Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East) in a news release. We’re not sure how much of this “great interest” was communicated through acts of late-night sign thievery, but it’s just possible this sale will cut down on the number of still-in-commission street signs that mysteriously go missing.

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  • LK

    I wish this was first-come first-serve. Instead it’s an auction, which means the wealthier Torontonians will get whatever street sign they want.

    • Canadianskeezix

      Damned if you do, damned if you don’t. If it was first come, first serve, you’d presumably have to line up for hours to get the sign you wanted (like the Honest Ed’s sale), and many would end up on eBay to be auctioned off anyway (with none of the proceeds going to the public purse). Torontonians with jobs, families, commitments, etc. still for the most part wouldn’t get the sign they wanted.

      You’d almost have to do a lottery or something. At a certain point, though, it becomes impractical, and the costs to the City start to exceed the revenues.

    • wklis

      I can see one of the Ford brothers outbidding others on “Ford St.” (St. Clair Ave. W. & Old Weston Rd. area).