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Self Storage Facility Coming to the Aid of Fallen Skydiver

by Holly Robinson March 24, 2014 11:46 PM
There comes a time where we all know someone that needs our help; or sometimes we could even be that person. During those times it can be nice to know that you are not alone; that someone out there cares and not necessarily because you are friends, but simply because caring for those in your community is the right thing to do. [More]

Freddy Duncan & Sons Moving and Storage Supports Dream Sweep Yard Sale

by Holly Robinson March 24, 2014 8:44 PM
Many Americans have the dream of owning their own home. A place in the suburbs. A green lawn. White picket fence. Lilac bushes and petunias blooming in the yard. Gingham checked curtains hanging in the kitchen window. Kids playing in a tree house, shooting basketballs, and riding their bike in the driveway. [More]

Self Storage Market Remains an Active One

by Holly Robinson March 17, 2014 11:50 PM
There are times when a lack of activity is good. It shows that things—whatever they may be—have not gotten worse. You could make an argument that they haven’t gotten better either, but sometimes that’s okay. However, for other things activity is a sign of something being healthy and vibrant. That is exactly how the self storage industry can be described—healthy, vibrant, and active. [More]

Self Storage Auction Yields Human Skull

by Holly Robinson March 17, 2014 7:56 PM
Remember the scene in Hamlet where two gravediggers argue whether or not Ophelia should be buried in a churchyard since her death looks like a suicide? Hamlet comes along and wonders about the skulls that they dig up to make room for a fresh grave. Hamlet then picks up a skull and the gravedigger says that it is the skull of Yorick. Whereupon Hamlet says, “Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him. Fellow of infinite jest.” The findings in a recent self storage auction in Tennessee reminded me of this scene from this Shakespearean play. [More]

Contest Winner Plays at SpareFoot's Party

by Holly Robinson March 11, 2014 1:06 PM
SpareFoot Self Storage Finder had a clever idea at the beginning of this year. They decided to hold a battle of the bands – sort of. The battle was not carried out in person. The battle was held on YouTube. For the bands to participate, the band had to practice in a self storage unit. (The parents of band members are probably grateful that the bands practice in a storage unit. Having the band practice there saves the parents’ hearing!) [More]

Inside Self Storage World Exp Adds Three Rountable Topics

by Holly Robinson March 7, 2014 1:51 PM
Have you seen a vintage TV commercial about E.F. Hutton & Company? (E.F. Hutton & Co. was an American stock brokerage firm founded in 1904 by Edward and Franklin Hutton.) The commercial shows people at a dinner party. They are talking, silverware and dishes are clinking. [More]

It Was an Active Year for the Self Storage Industry in 2013

by Holly Robinson March 4, 2014 11:51 PM
When people look back at the end of a year they like to see certain things. Did they do anything? Did they grow—physically and metaphorically? Did they just watch the world go by or were they actively trying to make their mark in it? Does the future look any better for what they did or didn’t do? [More]

Today is National Tooth Fairy Day

by Holly Robinson February 28, 2014 11:31 AM
In my Twitter feed this morning, I learned that today is National Tooth Fairy Day. WTVY in Dothan, Alabama, did a little news story and told experiences about the tooth fairy that people shared with them. One person told how she took her grandmother’s false teeth and put them under her pillow in hopes to make lots of money from the tooth fairy. Her grandmother was very mad but the young girl still made $5. [More]

SpareFoot Receives $10 Million in Venture Capital

by Holly Robinson February 26, 2014 4:52 PM
When a birthday rolls around, people dream of the gifts they might receive. Some of those dreams are fairly simple – a new technology gadget, something for the man-cave, or something new to wear. Bigger dreams might include a new car or a trip to a tropical island. What would it be like, though, to receive $10 million dollars? That’s what Chuck Gordon, co-founder of SpareFoot recently received for his birthday.

Sort of. [More]

Old Barn Self-Storage Shares Lessons Learned During Economic Downturn

by Holly Robinson February 21, 2014 5:46 PM
In 2003, family, friends, and local investors opened Old Barn Self-Storage in Grass Valley, California. Things were looking good even though there was stiff competition locally. Then, the economic walls came tumbling down. Sometimes, nation-wide companies can more easily weather rough financial times than mom-and-pop self storage facilities. They were able to successfully make it through the hard economic time by using classical business practices coupled with some creativity. [More]
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