12 Sep 2016

Common Items That Became Collectibles

There are those rare items that have great appeal among the general populations: Picasso’s paintings and signatures of the famous throughout history, to name a couple. But for some collectors, the items they seek are considered rare because of errors in their production, which give them unique value in the marketplace. In this article, we’ll take a look at the curious cases of mistakes that became collectibles. The Double Lincoln In one of the most famous cases of a coin becoming a collectible because of a mistake, the double die Lincoln one cent was created in 1955. This mistake was produced when dies from a master die were misaligned in forming the pennies. This led to the impression that numbers and letters on the coin were slightly doubled. Over 40,000 of the double Lincoln pennies were produced, before the mint employees noticed and stopped production. Now, an individual coin could be worth thousands of dollars to collectors. NBA Elite Unreleased…

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9 Sep 2016

With that big move in the coming weeks, your mind is probably already focused on how you’re going to design the new space and integrate the family. But it’s also important to think about the moving process. It’s during this time that priceless belongings can be broken and even lost—so, in this post, we’ll help guide you with three tips for keeping belongings safe during a move. Commit to Smart Packing The packing process is the most important part of moving homes. It determines the safety of your belongings during transit. To begin the smart packing process, create an inventory of each of the items ready to be packed. This list can then be checked off as you pack each…

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5 Sep 2016

With the increasing popularity of shows such as Storage Wars and Antiques Roadshow, the idea that you might find a high value collectible hidden away in a basement space isn’t such a far-fetched concept. We’ve now become attuned to looking out for bargains as we scan flea markets and second-hand stores. And to help inspire you in your search for those true bargains, this post will take a look at the four most expensive collectibles in the current marketplace. Yuan Dynasty Vase This Yuan Dynasty vase measuring 34 centimeters was sold at auction for $1.2million in 1993. The item’s popularity stems from its unique history, having been a popular item between the 16 and 20th centuries and famed for its…

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2 Sep 2016

Storage facilities can help protect your most precious family heirlooms against damaging conditions. They can also offer a convenient storage option for older furniture and other items that don’t have an immediate use. But when transferring their belongings to storage facilities, many property owners make significant mistakes. In this latest post we’ll outline five mistakes to avoid when moving your things to a storage facility. Choosing the Wrong Unit When trying to quickly move their things from the home to a storage facility, many people choose the wrong unit for their needs. For example, they don’t recognize that old family heirlooms and expensive furniture require a temperature-controlled environment to avoid damage. This can mean they come back to find their…

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26 Aug 2016

The one thing that dominates most people’s lives in the 21st century is their electronics. Phones, tablets, computers, laptops, televisions, video game consoles, the list goes on. While they certainly are capable of making our lives more fun and entertaining, the constant release of new models and new technology means we are always upgrading and discarding. Many of the electronics we end up replacing are still valuable and can still be put to good use, we just don’t have anywhere to put them. If you are already familiar with the benefits of self storage and are wondering if you can place electronics in a self-storage units as well, the answer is: yes. Below are some things to keep in mind,…

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22 Aug 2016

If you are at your wits’ end with trying to find the last remaining viable storage space in your house and don’t know how to go about uncovering it, it may be time to look to outside help. A self-storage unit at your local storage facility may be your best option. They are convenient, secure and can provide you with valuable storage space, freeing up your home to house the things that are actually important to your day-to-day life. If you are considering renting a self-storage unit, but have your reservations, below are five answers to common questions that everyone has about storage units. Can I move in myself? There are many options available for offsite, DIY storage facilities where…

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19 Aug 2016

There comes a point in most people’s lives when they realize that, over the years, they have accumulated way more than they could ever possibly hope to keep in their house – at least in an organized fashion. Ultimately we look for new and creative ways to maximize the amount of space we have available and we try to tuck away things that we know we aren’t going to use, or maybe use occasionally. A self-storage unit is always a great option because it frees up space in your home for what’s really important: The things you use on a daily basis. If you find your space more cluttered than usual, have maxed-out your storage space and don’t know where…

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15 Aug 2016

Most families have at least a box-full of family heirlooms that, while important to them, simply cannot be placed around the home due to lack of space, or their inability to fit in with the rest of the decor. They either end up sitting in an attic, a closet or a basement, taking up space, perhaps even being damaged by improper storage, pests, or climatic conditions. If you are planning on storing your family heirlooms in a self-storage unit, below are some tips for doing it safely. Ensure proper packaging. If you are storing old photos or documents, it might make sense to invest in some more protection than simply a cardboard box. You can find closing plastic bins at…

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12 Aug 2016

Whether you are moving overseas temporarily, on vacation for a few months, or live in an area where the weather is only good enough to ride your motorcycle for a few months out of the year, storing your bike is likely a major concern. Many people, when they don’t personally have the space to store things like motorcycles, turn to outside storage facilities for help. Self-storage units are great places to store your motorcycle, but if you are worried about storing your motorcycle in a self storage unit, below is some information and tips to put your mind at ease. Choosing the right option. The main consideration to keep in mind when selecting a self storage location for your bike…

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8 Aug 2016

Storage units are a great way to outsource your storage needs when you either don’t have the space at home, need something for a specific purpose, or a specific time of year, or are relocating to a temporary location and don’t want to bring your entire life with you. One question that people frequently ask is whether or not they are able to store a mattress in a storage unit. The short answer is: yes, but there are some considerations to keep in mind to make sure that you are storing your mattress properly and not doing damage to this expensive piece of furniture. Protect against the elements. Protecting a mattress from the elements, namely humidity, is key. If you…

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5 Aug 2016

Moving away to college, especially if you are moving across country, usually means moving your entire life with you. However, moving with your family to a new home while you are young is a lot different than picking up and moving your entire life when you go away to school. Below are some of the reasons why students need self-storage units while they are completing their university, or college education. Free up space in your parents home. While you will most likely be going back and forth between the home you grew up in and your temporary housing while you are at school, going away to university marks the beginning of your departure out of your parent’s home and out…

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1 Aug 2016

A temporary relocation for work, or simply for a change of scenery can be a great energy boost to your life, but it also inevitably means making plans to store anything that you won’t, or can’t bring with you. A temporary relocation is not the same as a permanent one and requires that you tailor your packing and planning to account for the shorter time period. Below are some tips for storing your items during a temporary relocation. Find out what’s included in your new accommodation. Before you decide to pack or store anything, you will need to find out what your new space includes in terms of furniture and space to store anything that you consider vital and would…

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27 Jun 2016

Warmer weather means it’s time to celebrate! While hosting a party can be fun and rewarding, it can also feel like more work and stress than it’s worth. A big problem with preparing your home for a party is all the clutter. Where do your everyday objects go? Here are some tips and tricks to get your home looking its best before a big party! Declutter and organize. While you may be tempted to shove everything into a closet and deal with it later, don’t! Storing items you want out of sight during the party in boxes and labelling everything clearly makes for less of a headache after the party. Whether you’re storing things in a specific room, a closet,…

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24 Jun 2016

Warm weather is here and it’s a great time to declutter and reassess what should go in and out of storage! Here are some helpful storage tips to keep your home and storage unit organized as we get into the warmer months. What’s in and what’s out? Take stock of what you’re currently storing at home and what you have in your storage unit. For instance, holiday decorations and toboggans can head to the storage unit over the summer, while it’s definitely time to break out the patio furniture and the camping equipment! Make lists of items to go into storage and items to take out of storage to keep yourself organized and avoid clutter. Make sure when packing and…

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20 Jun 2016

There are many good reasons to rent a storage unit! Perhaps you move around a lot and need somewhere to store items you can’t bring with you. Maybe you’ve decided to go on an extended vacation. Or maybe you’ve just accumulated so many things your home no longer has enough space for it all! Here are some important things to research before you rent a storage unit: What kind of storage do you need? Rather than just renting a unit and assuming it will work out, look carefully at what you are planning to store. The size of unit and type of unit you rent will be dependant on what kinds of items you will be storing and how much…

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17 Jun 2016

For those who are moving, going away for long periods of time, or simply trying to declutter, renting a storage unit is a great idea! It’s easy to accumulate too many material possessions throughout our lives and while donating, selling and giving away items are good ways to declutter, a storage unit allows you to keep valuable items without having them take up space in your home. If you’re considering renting a storage unit, here are some tips to take into consideration beforehand: Be organized. When packing for your storage unit, you may not be able to foresee the day you’ll need to go in there and retrieve items. However, that day will come and a little bit or organization…

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13 Jun 2016

Moving comes with a lot of work and a lot of expenses. Unfortunately for most of us, it’s a necessary evil. Whether you’re planning a one-time move or your job requires frequent moves, it’s important to learn some money-saving tips. Planning ahead, comparing costs and thinking strategically can help you save precious dollars during a move. Here are some tips for those who are moving on a budget: Consider hiring professionals. When you think of budgeting, the first thing that comes to mind is often that it will be cost-effective to have family and friends help you move, rather than hiring professional movers. However, there are many benefits of hiring professionals and they can end up saving you a lot…

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10 Jun 2016

When it comes to protecting a valuable car during the harsh winter months, or if you are going away for a long period of time, long-term car storage is a great way to keep your vehicle safe and secure. Many people use long-term (which generally means a month or longer) car storage to keep classic and collectible cars safe over the winter months, protecting them from elements such as snow, sleet and salt. Long-term car storage is also a great option for those who go away for long periods of time and have no need to bring their car. And for those who own multiple cars, you may just have run out of storage at home! Whether you’re storing your…

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6 Jun 2016

Staging your home before showing it can make a huge difference. It may help you make a quicker sale or get more money for your home. When entering a home for the first time, potential buyers form a quick first impression based on appearance, atmosphere and even scent. With a beautifully staged home, you can make sure this first impression is a good one! However, professional house stagers and all the furniture and decorating that they recommend can be pricey. For those who are on a budget, but still want to make the most out of their sale, here are some tips for staging your house, the affordable way! De-clutter. When a potential buyer walks into a home, they want…

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