6 May 2016

The Ten Most Collectible Playbills

A common collector’s item for theatre enthusiasts, playbills are a great way to keep a little piece of history in your home and, depending on the play and actors involved, they can be worth a fair bit of money as well. The most important value of any collectible is the personal value it is for its owner but there are certainly some playbills with more universal appeal than others. Popular Playbills by Year Before 1940: Dracula; Romeo & Juliet; Porgy and Bess; Hamlet; and Madame Butterfly are among some of the most collected playbills from this era. 1940-49: The 1940s were a good decade for theatre. Some favorites include: The Glass Menagerie; Oklahoma!; The Skin of Our Teeth; A Streetcar Named Desire; Annie Get Your Gun; Our Town; and Cyrano De Bergerac. 1950-59: Another great decade for musical and dramatic theatre, the 1950’s saw such classics as: My Fair Lady; The Diary of Anne Frank; The South Pacific; Cat on…

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2 May 2016

Coca-Cola is more than just a tasty beverage – it’s an ubiquitous, iconic brand, that for some has become closely associated with a classic North American upbringing. And, as with almost every brand that manages to evoke so much sentimentality, Coca-Cola memorabilia has been around for nearly as long as the brand itself. If you have some of this memorabilia you might have a few questions: How much is my Coca-Cola memorabilia worth? Is it even worth storing? Should I be selling my memorabilia at an antique shop for a premium, or should I let it go for twenty-five cents at my next garage sale? Depending on the characteristics of the memorabilia you have, the answers to those questions could…

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4 Dec 2015

Over the last decade, there has been a boom in storage related television shows. The subculture of buying and selling unclaimed storage space had existed for a long-time before it ever entered mainstream consciousness, but the notion of opening a potential treasure chest of forgotten and abandoned items really resonated with people. The concept has spawned a range of spin-off and related shows, but here are 4 of the best that have been on television in recent years. Source: beingalison.com “Storage Wars”. First aired on A&E in 2010, Storage Wars follows a group of professional buyers and their teams as they square off against one another in locations across the United States, making offers on repossessed storage units in the…

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2 Dec 2015

The arrival of a baby invariably necessitates major changes in not only lifestyle, but the organization and arrangement of your living space as well. Certain things need to be “baby proofed” and made “baby friendly” before the new, helpless family member arrives, especially in the following 3 places. The entryway. Once the baby arrives, you are going to be in and out of the house constantly. Walks, day care, a baby requires 24/7 around the clock supervision and care and you still have a life to live, so anywhere you go, he or she goes. Doing things like organizing the closet by outerwear or travel gear will help you get in and out and on with your day as fast…

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27 Jul 2015

Homes are not designed to meet office wattage needs The electrical supply in office buildings is much better than that in homes, especially in older homes. Office equipment’s power draw can quickly add up. For example, a laser printer will draw about 400 watts while in use, in addition to any power used by your computer, phone, modem, shredder, etc. When setting up your home office, add up the wattage of all office equipment. If the wattage exceeds your voltage, consider ways to decrease your power draw. Place occasionally-used appliances like the scanner and printer on a separate power bar, and only run them one at a time. Keep extra fuses on hand. If you have a chance of losing…

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21 Jul 2015

Common knowledge has it that anyone can focus on anything if it only takes five minutes. In that spirit, here are our best tips for decluttering in five minutes or less: Just grab the things closest to you and find places for them. Whether it’s one item or ten, the important part isn’t getting it out of the way. The important part is deciding where it lives, permanently. Then, whenever you use it, you know where to put it back. Get your kids to put things where they belong. Getting on your kids’ case can be a strain, but the more you do it, the more they will begin to put things away by themselves. Especially if you offer them…

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17 Jul 2015

Decluttering is a hefty job that should be handled one step at a time. Do you want a simpler and more peaceful life, free of clutter? Check out our guide: Set Aside a Half Hour Every Day Anything is doable in small steps. Set aside a half hour in your schedule every day. Don’t go over time. If you’re decluttering starts to interfere with your regular life, you are more likely to give up halfway through. Make Space Make space in a corner somewhere in your home that’s discrete, in order to store everything until you find the right place for them. Label Bins Set up a bin for each of the following categories Storing Dnating Recycling Trashing First Sort…

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14 Jul 2015

Flattening Fitted Sheets Fitted sheets are the most likely household item to get balled up and shoved into a closet. This makes them the most likely to also fall out of a stuffed closet. However, it’s possible to make a sheet lie flat by first folding it twice, lengthwise, and widthwise, leaving enough fabric for the four corners to wrap underneath the rest of the sheet. If you put all corners together underneath, you can fold the rest of the sheet just like a flat one. Tying Bedding Sets Together Use the ribbons used to package your bedding sets to tie them together in the closet. Organize by set instead of separating pillowcases and sheets. Rip your CDs to a…

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3 Jul 2015

1) Get a Friend’s Help The band duo The Bergamot, recommend getting a friend to help with major decluttering. A friend can be more objective than you about what to keep, what to donate, and what to trash. Get your friend to whip you and your home into better shape. 2) Feel Attachments to Fewer Objects, but Feel Strongly Is our problem materialism, loving things too much? According to internationally acclaimed cleaning expert Marie Kondo, no. Our problem is not loving things enough. Kondo believes that clutter is due to buying too many things to care about properly. She suggests that we should choose few, high-quality goods and then clean, use, and care for them greatly. In Kondo’s home, there…

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22 May 2015

Antique collectors and other types of enthusiasts are often found at auctions. Auctions tend to hold the more valuable and desirable items, such as paintings, jewelry, automobiles, artifacts, and other precious artifacts. The most expensive item ever sold at auction is difficult to pinpoint due to the volume of items sold at auction on a daily basis. Nevertheless, there are some items recorded that sold for outrageous amounts of money. To some people, a value cannot be placed on the works of art or items that they have bid on. Highest Listed Items Sold at Auction Perhaps the most expensive item ever noted for sale at auction on eBay was a gigayacht. The 405ft boat was designed by a naval…

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30 Apr 2015

You pass the room every morning, and every time you do, it screams the words, “Do something with me!” While it’s always nice to have extra storage space and living space, an empty room is akin to wastefulness if it’s not being used. Perhaps you had plans for it when moving in that never surfaced, or your kids graduated and finally moved away from home. Whatever the case may be, the point now is you are now working with a blank space. From No Space to Workspace One of the best uses for an unoccupied spare room is to turn it into a home office. Many homeowners long for a dedicated work area, so take this as a golden opportunity…

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27 Apr 2015

Congratulations! You have successfully completed your most recent online sale, and are getting ready to send the buyer their newfound purchase. Since, as the seller, you’re responsible for delivering the goods in the as agreed upon condition, taking the proper precautionary measures beforehand can prevent an unneeded dispute. The art of Shipping: Packing Must-Dos Shipping items always carries some risk, but fortunately there are ways you can effectively reduce the chances of the party on the other end responding in a negative fashion. This is especially true if you have an account with EBay, Amazon, Etsy, or other company that necessitates having an upstanding reputation. There is simply too much at stake not to take the time to pack your…

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23 Apr 2015

Expanding your commercial building space is never a bad thing; if you find your existing office is too small, than that naturally means your business is doing quite well! The hiring of additional employees and purchase of new equipment can get rid of spare square footage very quickly, and one of the key ways to maintain streamlined, efficient operations, is to have plenty of room for growth (both physically and metaphorically). Relocating your Commercial Space the Right Way If you haven’t already, take a moment to congratulate how far your company has come! Trust us, you are going to need all of the motivation you can get when it comes time to relocate. Although hiring a professional moving company and…

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21 Apr 2015

It’s a bittersweet experience. You recently came across a box full of old memories. Maybe it was intentional, maybe happenstance. Nevertheless, few words can describe the nostalgia associated with looking at one’s childhood heirlooms. What may seem like ordinary, mundane items to someone else often have the incredible power to take us back to a time when life was much simpler and different. A Cluttered Childhood: Cleaning out Old Belongings Many of us cherish personal belongings for their intrinsic value, the kind of thing you cannot set a worldly price on. Understandably so, it can be extremely challenging to part with things from the past, particularly if that entails choosing between a storage box and a trash bag on a…

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17 Apr 2015

Moving is never an easy task. Despite your best efforts to prepare for the big day, there are always those unexpected variables to account for. Factors like the weather are unpredictable, but they should to be taken into consideration nonetheless. The best thing you can do when moving is to always have a viable back-up plan on hand. If in the unfortunate event your day of choice is unfeasible, make sure to have an alternative one set on the calendar. Save Yourself the Headache: Store Items for the Short-Term The reliance on self-storage services is another great option for both home and business owners that are in the transition of relocating, whether that is merely a small trip across town…

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14 Apr 2015

Many of us had the pleasure of renting a storage unit at least once. As you may have come to find, however, stowing your personal belongings anywhere can be a pain and hassle if you don’t do it the right way. Adequate preparation and packing/storing know-how are essential for your wallet and peace of mind. Interestingly enough, most people are unaware of how to safely and efficiently pack items, and this is naturally a problem when it comes to keeping stuff in tight-knit spaces. Store Smart and Save Money While you indeed always have the option of upgrading to a larger storage unit, remember to keep two things in mind. First, the chances are highly likely that your existing short…

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9 Apr 2015

For most people, spring cleaning fever is now in full force. And like most homeowners, your house is probably littered with plenty of clutter that’s best served by a trip to the garbage dump or a nearby storage facility. There’s just one small question: How do you know what to discard and what to keep? Differentiating the two can pose quite the dilemma, especially when dealing with items that have not been touched in years. To Toss or Not To Toss While most people are a far cry from being a hoarder, it is not uncommon for people to become attached to their material possessions, at least to a small degree. However, it is important to remain positive and think…

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6 Apr 2015

The sun is shining, the weather is warm, and those motorcycle keys are burning a hole in your pocket. You have been waiting patiently all winter for spring to arrive, and now that it’s here, the only thing you want to do is burn rubber on the road. Making sure you take the appropriate steps before doing so is essential, or else you could end up facing a few costly repairs, or worse yet, a bike that refuses to fire up! What to do Before you Ride for the First Time This Year While keeping your motorcycle stowed away in a garage or storage facility during the winter months is one of the best ways to safeguard it from rust…

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2 Apr 2015

What is it about relocating that gets most people worked up? Is it the stress associated with starting life anew in a different city, or having to detach from the place that you called home for so long? Many of us can agree that the experience of moving entails all of this and more. The potential emotional turmoil aside, the physical logistics of transporting all of your earthly belongings from one destination to another can be difficult enough. Are you ready for some good news? It doesn’t have to be this way! With a few pieces of advice, your next move can definitely be pain-free, easygoing, and uplifting. No one said relocating had to be a hassle; you just have…

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