M&C: It seems like a lot of these garages, too, are a repository for antique signs with our money source. You can call the American Pickers, right, and say, “Hey.”
Chris: I’m telling you I’ve got a rule because I own my own shop out here in Frederick, Maryland. I’ve had it for 15 years. We specialize in vintage and classic European cars. It’s hard to stay up on that cleanliness and staying organized because you need these old parts around.
Where some other place that does general maintenance, you don’t need old parts around. My rule, this is a rule of thumb, is it (inside of garage) should never have anything more than $500 hanging on a wall. What I mean by that is some of these gas station signs, or old dealership signs, are worth big bucks.
There’s no reason for you have that in your shop just so somebody can look at it especially if you’re already struggling. Some of the first things, I’ll come into a shop and go, “Well, I can count up $1500 bucks worth of just gas stations you’ve got hanging up. That will pay your rent for month, right there.”
That’s my rule of thumb. Never have anything more than 500 bucks. Also, why have someone else’s logo hanging up? I understand it’s cool to have a Harley Davidson sign or a Ford sign, but you’re not Harley, and you’re not Ford. You should have your own logo up there. One of the things about Gas Monkey Garage is when you pull up, it doesn’t say anything else other than Gas Monkey Garage.
You know his logo. You know his sign. Inside, he’s starting to collect, and he’s allowed to do that, but on the outside, he has nobody else’s logo but his own. That’s a really good thing. A good thing to go on is if you’ve got a business have your logo… not someone else’s.