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Self Storage Industry is College Friendly Whether You Are Student or a Graduate

by Tony Gonzalez June 28, 2013 11:20 PM
There is a t-shirt that can often be found on college campuses everywhere that reads: College—the best 4-7 years of your life. With all that there is to do in college from partying hard to finding out what you want to do with your life and making life-long friends the t-shirt it would be easy to argue the shirt is true—and the self storage industry can make it better. [More]

Enumclaw Self Storage Becomes a Drop Off Point for Used Clothing

by Kim Kilpatrick June 28, 2013 6:42 PM
“Use it up. Wear it out. Make it do. Or, do without.” This is an old saying from the depression years and especially during World War II between the years of 1941 to 1945. When jobs were scarce and money tight, people learned how to make do with what they had or to do without. [More]

Milestones are Meant to be Celebrated in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens June 27, 2013 11:15 PM
When you succeed at something it feels good. Depending on the gravity of the task you may even feel moved to celebrate. It doesn’t have to be anything big of course. Maybe it is just making it through another year, birthdays, anniversaries, or making it a milestone of some kind. While this is entirely true for people it is also true for the self storage industry. [More]

How Do You Handle Pesky Birds?

by Holly Robinson June 27, 2013 6:09 PM
This spring, our area has been inundated with magpies. Their noisy squawking is annoying and cleaning their droppings off the patio, patio furniture, and sidewalk is a major pain in the neck. They are building a huge nest in our pine tree that I’m afraid the branch will break. Then, there are the robins. They eat all of our strawberries and raspberries before I can pick them.

Birds can be such a nuisance in residential. They can also be a huge problem for self storage facilities. [More]

Auctions Becoming Even Bigger Business for Self Storage Industry

by Winnie Hsiu June 26, 2013 8:00 PM
You know a business or industry is going strong when of course the return on investment is high, but there are other indicators as well—like when another business or industry springs up because of yours. Such has been the case with auctions within the self storage industry. [More]

Old Barn Self-Storage Supports Local Community

by Tony Gonzalez June 26, 2013 4:30 PM
Old Barn Self-Storage sits atop a hill. In the valley below, 25,000 motorists drive by – many times getting a chuckle and something to brighten their day. The source of the chuckle is a huge sign that says “Happy.” Depending on the time of year or season the sign might say something like “Happy Cow” or Happy Graduates” or Happy Father’s Day.” [More]

Nothing Like Free Space in the Self Storage Industry

by John Stevens June 25, 2013 8:20 PM
There have been a lot of ‘great’ movies throughout time like The Great Gatsby (1974), The Great Escape (1963), and the Great Mouse Detective (1986) to name a few. Okay, maybe not the mouse movie, but when you call something great expectations are raised and people expect to get a certain something. was aware of that when it dubbed its latest contest ‘The Great Storage Giveaway.’ [More]

The Cardboard Document Storage Box Gets Makeover

by Holly Robinson June 25, 2013 12:18 PM
Sometimes people think that a box, is a box, is a box when it comes to boxes for moving. However, not all boxes are made equal. Banana boxes have too many holes and are too flimsy. Apple and orange boxes are sturdier with nice fitting lids. If a moldy apple or orange hasn’t been left in it, they make pretty good boxes for storage. But not for document storage. Boxes for document and record storage needs to be a particular size and shape. [More]

Self Storage Companies Just Want to Help

by Kim Kilpatrick June 24, 2013 9:07 PM
Businesses are in their line of work for one reason—to make money. In the process some provide us with things we want like a big screen television. Others provide us with things we like such as our favorite beer, and there are others like the self storage industry that provide us with something that we need—that can help us. [More]

The Passing of Robert Bret, Florida Self Storage Association Executive Director

by Winnie Hsiu June 24, 2013 6:22 PM
Sometimes something happens that lets us know just how tenuous and fragile life can be. We express our deepest sympathies to the family of Robert Bret, the Executive Director of the Florida Self Storage Association. He passed away suddenly on June 7 while vacationing with his family in Jamaica. He was 40 years old. He is survived by his 13-year old daughter, his mother, sister, brother-in-law, nephew, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins. [More]
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