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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]

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]

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]

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]

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]

Unique Find in Abandoned Self Storage Unit

by Tony Gonzalez June 21, 2013 8:03 PM
You can find many interesting things in abandoned self storage units. Of course you find the usual things – washers, dryers, furniture, knick-knacks, old comic books. Sometimes, things of value are found: antique toys, pocket watches, handmade quilts, antique hand mirrors and brushes, silverware, and china.

Two years ago, a full dress uniform of a grand master of the Independent order of Odd Fellows (with an embroidered sash and an elaborate plumed hat) was found. There was also a large collection of ribbons, badges, and medals from the Grand Army of the Republic, which was a fraternal organization of Union vets of the Civil war. [More]

Safestore Self Storage Holds Dash to Donate Challenge

by John Stevens June 20, 2013 9:05 PM
Everyone knows how managers and owners of self storage facilities like to support local humanitarian efforts. They hold fundraisers and donate the proceeds to schools, cancer research, and victims of hurricanes and tornadoes. They participate in Toys for Tots at Christmas time, hold drives to collect and distribute winter wear, and gather food to help needy families – especially during the holidays.

This desire to help those in need is not confined to just self storage facilities in the United States. Safestore Self Storage based in the UK also participates in charitable activities. [More]

Clovis Self Storage Successfully Incorporates Office Suites

by Holly Robinson June 19, 2013 9:14 PM
There is a new business model that self storage businesses across the nation are embracing. That model is offering a business center for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Clovis Self Storage & Office Suites in Clover, California, is one such self storage facility that successfully incorporated that new model into their business plan. [More]

Humtown Self Storage Puts on Benefit

by Kim Kilpatrick June 18, 2013 4:55 PM
In recent weeks, Oklahoma has been ravished by tornadoes and floods. However, time has moved on and the effects of the tornadoes no longer fill all of the news broadcasts. Many people not affected by the tornadoes are going about their daily routines without any further thought given to the victims. But not David Kissinger. [More]

SmartStop Self Storage to Sponsor Utah Mountaineer

by Tony Gonzalez June 17, 2013 9:23 PM
Almost everybody knows someone who has had a knee replacement. That person is probably pretty grateful because they no longer suffer from severe pain when they walk. They are also glad to return to their normal activities. However, how many people do you think there are in the world who have had both knees replaced who plan on summiting the highest mountain in the world? Not too many, I dare say. In fact, you could probably count them all on one finger.

Greg Paul, a veteran adventurer and mountain climber from Alpine, Utah, is that one person. [More]
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