All around us in cities there are illuminated letters: company names, advertisements, signs. But where do they go when they’re not needed anymore? Some of them have a second life, get refurbished and decorate the homes of people. A nice place where you can buy your initials in different shapes, colours and sizes – from 20 centimeters to two meters – is the QWERTZ-Buchstabenladen in Hannover, Germany.
If you bring enough money you can even build words. The letters there have LED lights and you can connect them directly to a socket. I imagine shopping there like the famous scenes between Lefty the Salesman and Ernie from Sesame Street. I wanted to buy an ‘S’. An ‘S’? Shhhhhh! But the friendly owner also sends the letters in parcels and therefore I just ordered via the Internet. You can ask for a specific letter and you’ll get pictures with different sizes and prizes via e-mail in return.
Lefty: “Hey, bud! C’mere.”
Ernie: “Who, me?”
Lefty: “Riiiiight. How would ya like to buy an O?”– Sesame Street
One day when I’m in Hannover for other reasons I’ll for sure visit this place. The letters in various sizes and colours must really give a nice shop decoration. If you want to go there observe the special opening hours: Thursday/Friday: 2pm – 6pm, Saturday: 10am – 2pm (better check the website). A nice idea and very decorative products!