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Alaska Couple Makes and Stores Giant Radio Flyer

by Winnie Hsiu October 12, 2010 11:36 AM
Many people use car storage and truck storage in the winter. Others use vehicle storage to hold their motorcycles, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, or bicycles. Many also rely on toy storage during the winter, for items such as plastic ride-on toys, tricycles, and wagons. But Judy Foster and Fred Keller of Wasilla, Alaska, must be the first couple ever to need storage for a toy the size of a truck -- a giant Radio Flyer. The couple constructed their giant wagon, which may be the only one in the world like it, out of an old pickup truck. [More]

How Will Government Job Cuts Affect Self Storage?

by Tony Gonzalez October 8, 2010 10:08 AM
More unemployment. More foreclosures. More downsizing. More entrepreneurialism. More adults living at home. That’s what economists are predicting in the wake of the loss of a shocking 95,000 jobs in September -- a crash in employment far worse than had been predicted. For the self storage industry, an economic change such as this can be good and bad. All businesses tend to suffer when the economy suffers, but self storage facilities may be asked to step into the breach as families look for places to put some of their belongings as they downsize from a larger home to a smaller, more affordable one, or as they invite family members and friends to move in with them to save money. [More]

MA Self Storage Site Considered for Cell Tower

by Kim Kilpatrick October 7, 2010 8:25 AM
Increasingly, as self storage businesses, like other small businesses, adjust to the recession, many are looking at the possibility of leasing space to cell phone companies for placement of a cell tower. The latest self storage company to consider adding a cell tower to its property is Kane Self Storage, of Marlborough, Massachusetts. [More]

Self Storage Considered a Good Investment in Europe

by John Stevens October 6, 2010 10:27 AM
In Europe as in the United States, real estate analysts are recommending self storage as an investment worth considering, compared to other areas of the real estate market (such as residential and retail properties), which are foundering. [More]

Classic Florida Roller Coaster Emerges from Storage

by Winnie Hsiu October 5, 2010 11:07 PM
People often find delightful, long-forgotten treasures in storage: classic cars, a trove of historical photographs, early works of famous artists. It’s rare to find something as large as a roller coaster in storage. But that is what happened to roller coaster lovers Teddy and Jenny Meeks. The Meeks have uncovered the old Starliner roller coaster, a historic wooden coaster built in the 1960s, and are bringing it back to Florida's Miracle Strip. [More]

More Young Adults Are Living at Home

by Holly Robinson October 5, 2010 5:37 PM
More North American young adults (or younger adults) are saving money by living at home, according to census reports. U.S. Census Bureau figures reported over the last few weeks show that the number of adults in the 25- to 35-year-old age range still living at home with their parents has risen since 2008. In Canada, the most recent information is older, but shows an increase in adults ranging in age from 20 to 29 living with their parents. As a result, household sizes in both countries are increasing -- and families in both the U.S. and Canada are turning to self storage, and to professional organizers, to help them handle the resulting increase in clutter. [More]

SBOA Raises Money for Katrina Survivors

by John Stevens October 4, 2010 11:28 PM
During the Inside Self-Storage World Expo in New Orleans last week, self storage owners, operators, developers, suppliers, and other self storage industry members did more than just network and attend workshops. One group of attendees busied themselves raising money for the St. Bernard Project, to help with the ongoing needs of victims of Hurricane Katrina. [More]

Menards Goes Into the Self Storage Business

by Kim Kilpatrick October 4, 2010 11:15 PM
What can you do with a large, empty building that was previously used as a discount retail superstore? Make a self storage warehouse out of it. That’s what several retailers and real estate developers, after trying unsuccessfully to sell vacant buildings in a rough real estate market, are concluding. Over the summer, a group of Dallas real estate developers bought an old Walmart and converted it to a Just Store It facility. Now Menards has followed suit, turning its old Eau Claire, Wisconsin facility into a self storage business -- Menards Self Storage. [More]

Digital Recordings at Risk -- No Matter How You Store Them, Copy Every Ten Years

by Tony Gonzalez October 1, 2010 11:52 PM
A decade-long study released by the Library of Congress last month raises concerns about storage of audio files in the digital age. Digital files, scholars point out, do not survive unless someone saves them. Computer files that are recorded and stored ONLY on the Internet are at risk for not being saved -- those files are in danger of being lost forever. Although the Library of Congress study focused on sound files, video files are likely also at risk.

Even computerized files that are saved somewhere are still at risk of being lost forever in a different way -- they may not be archived or indexed in a format that is searchable, or findable, later. In that case, digital files can be lost without being destroyed -- lost to obscurity. The solution, say professional archivists, is the same no matter whether you are preserving historical recordings in a library, or saving family records and files at home. Make many copies of files that you want to save, put those copies in several locations rather than saving them all in the same place -- and recopy the files again every ten years or so. [More]

New Job Search Engines Target “Green” Jobs

by John Stevens October 1, 2010 7:28 PM
Is there such a thing as a “green job”? Several new “green job” and “green collar job” search engines have sprung into place over the past few months. If you are in the process of going through a move, downsizing, or a relocation, and are looking for green jobs or have the skills to reinvent yourself as a “green worker,” these search engines may help you in your green job search. [More]
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