18 Nov 2013

How to Store Your Acoustic Guitar in the Winter

The key to guaranteeing that your acoustic guitar sounds just as beautiful in 20 years as it did the day you bought it, is storing it properly. With winter right around the corner, this is more important than ever as the cold temperatures and erratic weather will do a number on your instrument if it is left unattended. Make sure this doesn’t happen, by following the advice below. Before we even start, will tell you that the magic word of today is humidify. In general, when it comes to storing high-end guitars, air humidity should be kept in the 45-55% range, and temperature should hover between 67-75 F. Not following these guidelines can warp wood, destroy joints, and detune strings. The first step to meeting these standards, is ensuring that your “music room”, or whichever part of the house you most often play your guitar in, is climate and humidity controlled. Achieve this by installing proper ventilation, a reliable HVAC…

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15 Nov 2013

How many times have you looked at your bank account with disappointment, and wished that you had a way to make money appear out of nowhere? Sadly this just isn’t possible, yet it certainly doesn’t stop people from trying. The United States Department of Treasury recently released numbers stating that an estimated 70 million counterfeit dollars are currently in circulation. You could very well have a wallet full of fake cash and not even know it—until reading our guide to identifying counterfeit US bills, that is. Compare The easiest way to identify a counterfeit, is to compare the suspected fake side by side with an authentic bill. Keep in mind that bills do change in appearance over the years, so…

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12 Nov 2013

If you have a barber chair from the 1950’s or earlier, you might be wondering how much it is worth. The answer can be slightly complicated, but after considering a few important factors you can be on the way to selling your antique barber chair for the best value in no time! 1. Authenticity If you are only wanting the look of an antique barber chair without the actual history than a replica will be much cheaper and can look just as beautiful; but if you want a genuine antique, you will want to first make sure that you are buying an authentic vintage item. The authenticity of your antique barber chair can be tough to determine, but an easy…

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8 Nov 2013

Perhaps you have an old typewriter laying around. Typewriters can provide you with a window back into a time before computers and word processors existed – where “making a copy” meant physically typing every word out again, and where typing was an in-demand skill that not everybody possessed. In addition to having an interesting piece of history in your possession you might also be wondering “Is my antique typewriter worth anything?” The short answer is “maybe.” The most expensive antique typewriter on eBay right now (Oct. 2013) is listed for $1900, but especially valuable pieces have been known to fetch up to over $13,000!  Before you can determine if your particular typewriter is worth anything (other than the interesting conversation…

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4 Nov 2013

It’s safe to say that almost everybody has experienced the joy of PEZ at least once in their childhood. And for those who didn’t? Well, it’s never too late to step into the Wonderful World of Pez, as is made more than clear by the number of incredible personal collections out there. With that in mind, let’s take a few of what we consider to be the “sweetest” PEZ collections in the world. Check out Frederich Emmerich’s video tour of his PEZ collection. An entire room is barely enough to contain it, and it takes him more than 5 minutes just to show a glimpse of each dispenser. We also love the mix of vintage and new editions—after all, age…

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18 Oct 2013

The cannon was first invented in China, and is one of the original gunpowder operated weapons. The first record of cannon use is said to have been from the Battle of AinJalut between the Maluks and Mongols in 1260, while the first cannon in Europe was used slightly later between the 11th and 12th centuries in Iberia. This weapon then arrived in England in the Hundred Years’ War at the Battle of Crecy in 1346. Over the years, cannons became more and more advanced (and destructive). They were used widely over the centuries and played a key role in World War II, though in the second half of the 21st century they’ve been rendered all but obsolete in most parts…

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14 Oct 2013

The history of the calculator is almost as old as time itself. The first devices that solved math problems were developed around 2300-2700 BC. 2300-2700 BC The Abacus Today, abaci are typically only used in Asia and consist of a bamboo frame with beads sliding on wires. Early prototypes in 2300-2700 BC Mesopotamia however, were nothing more than beans, stones, or whatever other small debris could be found, moved around on tablets made of wood and stone.  Developed centuries before any written numeric system existed, abaci were a useful tool for merchants and clerks. 1642 The Mechanical Calculator Over 4000 years later, Blaise Pascal invented the first mechanical calculator in 1642. A commercially available in more functional version of the…

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10 Oct 2013

World War II artifacts and antiques are some of the most valuable collectibles in the world. One of the reasons for this is that a lot of the technology and gadgets that emerged during this time were completely revolutionary, and unlike anything ever seen in history. Another, is that with all the bombs and gunfire of WWII, naturally a good chunk of artifacts were destroyed beyond recognition making the ones that do remain extremely rare. With the sheer magnitude of collectibles from this period, it’s excessively hard to single out the most unique, but we’ve done our best in this list: Navy Pin; Trench Art The exchange of letters and tokens of affection between loved ones at home and soldiers…

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7 Oct 2013

Since its first model was sold in 1952, the Gibson Les Paul has become one of the most iconic and recognizable guitars of all time. Throughout the past 60 years, dozens upon dozens of musical heroes have chosen the Les Paul as their instrument of choice from former guitarist of Guns N’ Roses’ Slash, and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, to the king of reggae, Bob Marley. As is such, the Gibson Les Paul is also one of the most expensive guitars of all time. Even basic models retail for as much as $5000, and when it comes to more collectible versions and special editions, this number is remarkably higher. These are just a few of the most expensive Gibson…

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4 Oct 2013

Thirty years ago, X-boxes, Playstations, Nintendo consoles, and PCs weren’t household fixtures like they are today—so how did the youth of those days entertain themselves? Well, there were a few ways but one of the most popular and no doubt the most fun, was heading to the arcade and playing what might just be one of the most iconic games of the 20th century: pinball. Just uttering those two syllables fills us with nostalgia, so allow us to accompany you along a journey down memory lane with this round-up of three of the coolest retro pinball machines! Big Indian – 1974 Before it was officially released, this game was named ‘Chief’, and later ‘Big Injun’. Early prototypes of this pinball…

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30 Sep 2013

Almost a hundred years ago back in 1919, the 18th Amendment was passed in the USA and Prohibition became a federal law. The law officially came into effect in 1920, forcing all alcohol-related commerce to close, or find a new means of business. Although the purpose of Prohibition was to cut down on crime and boozing, the era actually prompted a new wave of gang-related crime and an elaborate underground bootlegging ring. It was a time of chaos, and although it may be over, hundreds of collections exist across the globe to commemorate the Prohibition. The following are a few of the most valuable and unique pieces of these collections. 1926 Bottle of Scotch Whiskey On December 8th 2007, Christie’s…

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23 Sep 2013

Almost everybody loves movies. Some people just take this love a bit further than others. For most people, “film fanship” involves seeing a movie in theatres, buying it on DVD if you like it, and maybe investing in a few posters of your favourite blockbuster. Then there are the fans who want something more…something tangible. We’re talking about the world of movie memorabilia collecting. Since the beginnings of film, diehard collectors have sought out promo material, props, and costumes from their flicks and you just might be shocked at how much some people are willing to spend on this paraphernalia. Don’t believe us? Check out this list of 10 of the most expensive movie memorabilia ever sold. 10. This original…

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20 Sep 2013

The earliest known production of wine, dates back thousands of years to 6000 BC in ancient Georgia. Over 8000 years later, and wine is still one of the most popular drinks in all corners from the globe. Whether it be cabernet-merlot, pinot grigio, sparkling champagne, or anything in between, there’s a perfect wine for every occasion and that’s what makes it such a great beverage! It’s probably safe to say that with the exception of holidays and special events, most of us stick to our favourite table wines for everyday sipping–most of which range between $10-$20 in price…but just in case you’re looking to indulge, we’ve rounded up five of the most expensive vintages across the world. Henri JayerRichebourg Grand…

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18 Sep 2013

TIFF 2013 Round-up The past two weeks have been chock full of excitement with movie premieres, star sightings, and overall TIFF hoopla!  We’re not sure about you, but we’ve been enjoying every minute of it. The annual Toronto International Film Festival drew to a close this week with its last day of screenings and awards ceremony and to commemorate this year’s 11 days of= excitement, we bring you our 2013 TIFF round-up Top Films If you weren’t invited to the official TIFF awards ceremony brunch at the Intercontinental hotel, here are the winners: 12 Years a Slave – People’s Choice Award for Best Film (runner-up:  Prisoners and Philomena) The Square – Best Documentary Why Don’t You Play in Hell? –Midnight…

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15 Sep 2013

It was really one of the best years ever for TIFF. So many stars came up to Toronto to be part of the festival. But behind the scenes are networks of support staff, workers, film producers, directors, script writers – anyone and everyone – in and outside of Toronto, working to make the deals for these new movies and passing “hush, hush” secret scripts for next year’s and years’ following. All of these things happen while all the public’s events are happening. Our Toronto TIFF Film Festival has become so big that it is one of the World’s Top 3 Events for promoting films. At Jiffy Self Storage we are very proud of the boost that TIFF gives to the…

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12 Sep 2013

Paper bills are about as straightforward as currency gets. Their value is literally spelled out across them, making their worth virtually undebatable, right? Well actually, it’s not that simple. While modern bills are pretty straightforward depending on what type of note they are, older currency can be worth hundreds and thousands of dollars, even if all that’s printed on it is a measly “$1”. So how can you figure out the going rate of your money collection? Here are a few tips to help you get started. Quality Grade When it comes to any collector’s item, quality is of utmost importance. Paper note collectors use a grading scale that ranges from poor (torn, taped, and faded), to uncirculated (brand new…

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10 Sep 2013

Many people tend to associate gold and silver bars with the days of the past, but the reality is that they are a highly functional and even profitable way to keep your savings. For one thing, the heaviest gold and silver bars can be worth hundreds of thousands of dollars making them a much more compact and convenient alternative to storing stacks and stacks of cash. For another, over the centuries the price of gold has continually risen, meaning that you can actually multiply your savings by keeping it in precious metal form. Convinced yet? Great, now it’s just a matter of knowing where to find gold and silver bars which is why we’re here to help! 1) Your  Local…

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7 Sep 2013

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4 Sep 2013

Money doesn’t grow on trees (at least not yet), and unfortunately, the odds are that most of us can’t afford everything we want. That being said, there’s a good chance that you can afford more than you think you can, just by mastering what I like to call “the art of bargaining”. If there’s one thing you should know when shopping for anything, it’s that price tags are rarely set in stone, as much as a shop owner or vendor might want you to think otherwise. Indeed, there’s a good chance that you can talk down the price of your desired item to just a fraction of the price just by following some of these bargaining tips: Know Your Price…

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