The name Axman came from the source of their merchandise in the early years, mostly businesses that had gone bankrupt. Calling for "the Axman" to liquidate your stock was literally gallows humor. The founder of the business had a motto "If you think you might need it, buy it now. It might not be here tomorrow." How true, although this usually causes me to end up with extra "stuff".
Off to the cluttered aisles of Axman!
|Their weather beaten store front. Note the "Ax Man"|
|Missile Babe riding a giant telephone. |
I imagine that one of their challenges is trying to move large quantities of weird stuff that has limited appeal. Their signage encourages creative usages:
All surplus stores in recent years have featured less military surplus and more odds and ends from failed retail. But Axman still has some of the old school stuff:
These are tank periscopes, and have been sitting in the same general spot for at least 15 years now!
I eventually made it over to the electronics and motors aisles, and did end up scoring a few things that will see action in the upcoming robotics campaign. A few other things tempted me, but were on a larger scale than my current project. For instance:
Rock and roll blares continuously over the sound system at the University Avenue Axman (the other locations are more tranquil). Were this not so I doubt I would have caught on to the above, which is almost certainly the only Devo reference anyone has made in the last decade!
Next time: Really Weird Axman stuff!