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Collections Manager Software Launched by Storage Network Advantage and SiteLink

by Tony Gonzalez January 25, 2012 3:06 PM
How much money are you loosing because some of your self storage tenants are behind in their payments? How much time do your employees spend making collection calls on accounts that are in arrear? A software program has been developed that addresses these issues. [More]

Hoarders Attracting National TV Attention and Helping Fill Self Storage

by John Stevens May 20, 2011 8:59 AM
Hoarders are some of self storage’s most numerous customers with big collections often winding up in self storage units. Extreme hoarders – those who hoard things like thousands of miniature animal figurines or mountains of clothes – often try to contain their massive collections within their homes, which can be dangerous and disturbing to family members. This hoarding phenomenon is picking up national attention thanks to a popular A&E show called “Hoarders” which tries to help the hoarders learn ways to clear out their homes, such as utilizing self storage. [More]

For Some, Self Storage is a Cool Place to Just Hang Out

by John Stevens May 19, 2011 8:32 AM
Self storage, to some people, is more than a place where belongings are stored, it is an escape where one can go to reminisce about the past, get some time alone or just kick back and relax. Some people visit their units every day, catalouging collections, practicing with their band, or just sitting on a lawn chair in the unit reading a newspaper. Sometimes self storage operators see customers so frequently they know them by name and often share in a cup of coffee and some small talk. [More]

Burien, WA Art Museum Receives Grant for Storage of Threatened Collections

by Tony Gonzalez September 7, 2010 10:52 AM
The curator for the exhibits at Highline Historical Society, in Burien, Washington, has been worried about some of the collections. More than 100,000 documents, photos, negatives, and films were in danger of deteriorating if they were not stored properly. Fortunately, the museum has now received a $3000 grant from 4Culture to provide materials to protect the archived historical items. Museums face the same problem that individuals storing documents and photos do -- if historical items are not protected by acid-free storage materials, they can become stained and prematurely aged by the acid in wood products such as paper and cardboard. [More]

Paiute to Store Cultural Artifacts at Pipe Spring National Monument in Utah

by Tony Gonzalez April 30, 2010 10:56 AM
Pipe Spring National Monument Superintendant John Hiscock and Tribal Chairman Timothy Rogers of the Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians have announced that a new storage facility, to be used for museum collections and to hold Paiute cultural artifacts, will be opened on the grounds of Pipe Spring National Monument. A grand opening for the facility will be held on Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. (Arizona time). The opening celebration will include speakers, tours, and refreshments.

The new storage facility has 4,400 square feet of space, meets LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification requirements, and includes separate storage rooms for collections owned by the National Park Service and by the Paiute. The building also has office space for National Park Service and tribal curators. Although the Kaibab's collection of artifacts is fairly small, the Tribe hopes to expand the collection now that a dedicated, state of the art facility is available in which to store items. [More]

Hobbyists Peddling Stored Collections to South Asian Buyers

by John Stevens January 11, 2010 9:48 AM
People who have been using self-storage as a place to keep their ever-increasing collections of coins, stamps, or wine may find that their investment has paid off. If they wish to, they may be able to find buyers for those collections--in India. The Economic Times of India reports that in India, as in the West, the gap between rich and poor has been increasing in recent years. Although India has a reputation for being one of the poorest countries in the world, it also boasts more than 50 billionaires. Furthermore, at the moment, collections are very fashionable among wealthy Indian businesspeople.

The market for rare object collections in India is currently relatively unorganized, according to Economic Times reporter Aman Dhall. One Indian auction house, Todywalla, is known to specialize in coins and banknotes. "They deal only in high-end coins. They have a catalogue beyond which they don't fish," says Hrishi Modi, a director at ASK Private Wealth Advisors. Modi collects rare coins and stamps himself. Like many collectors, Modi began his hobby as a child, when his father brought back coins and stamps from trips abroad. Now his collection includes gold coins from the Kushan Dynasty, silver dollars from Calcutta, Iran Persia stamps from 1897 and Nazi era coins. [More]

Collections in Storage May End Up Becoming Treasure Trove for Academics

by John Stevens December 28, 2009 9:36 AM
Some people may wonder why anyone would think it was worth it to keep a large collection of books (or stamps, doll houses, antique toys, or any other kind of collection) in self-storage. Collecting thousands of items related to one topic might seem like an endless, thankless task. But one reason to persist with a collecting hobby is that books, documents, antiques, and artwork may someday be in demand by academic institutions or museums. For example, today anyone looking for a repository of Sherlock Holmes memorabilia need look no farther than the University of Minnesota, thanks in large part to generous donations from private collectors.

The collection at the University of Minnesota began in 1974, when the university bought private collector James C. Iraldi's 160 volumes of Holmes first editions and periodicals featuring stories about Holmes. Then, in 1978, the widow of Mayo Clinic doctor Philip S. Hench, who was a huge Sherlock Holmes fan, donated his rather extensive Holmes collection. Later, Los Angeles lawyer Les Klinger, the author of The Annotated Sherlock Holmes series, who also provided guidance for Sherlock Holmes, the movie, donated his papers to the library. [More]

Car Collection of Utah Ponzi Schemer Seized and Auctioned

by Holly Robinson December 24, 2009 1:00 PM
Federal investigators have seized the car collection of former Utah investment banker Jeffrey Mowen....

Mowen used more than $6 million of the money from his scheme to buy luxury and antique cars and motorbikes. He was storing almost 300 cars, trucks, and motorbikes in storage facilities scattered around Utah. Mowen's cars, which included several replicas (he had replicas of a 1967 Porsche Speedster, a 1931 Ford, a 1925 Ford Woody, a 1937 Ford Opera Limo, and a 2000 Lamborghini, among others), and here an there an odd classic, such as a 1969 Charger, a 1992 Acura NSX and a 1970 GTO Judge. Mowen was also storing a replica of the Harley Davidson motorcycle that Peter Fonda drove in the movie Easy Rider....Although Mowen bought his cars with money from an illegal Ponzi scheme, car collecting is not an unusual hobby. Most people, however, do not have space to store more than one or two cars at their home. There are quite a few storage facilities to choose from in Utah, including Extra Space's own branches. It is best to store cars in a drive-up garage space or drive-up interior space, which would offer protection from the elements and the weather. Extra Space recommends that car owners consider putting a cover over cars in storage. Most Extra Space facilities have car covers available. [More]