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The History of Self Storage Has Many Twists and Turns

When is the last time you heard a good story? As storage facility operators, we hear good stories all the time. In fact, we’re often in the middle of some really interesting stories that we like to retell ourselves.

If you’ve ever wondered about what really goes on behind some of those storage unit doors, you’re in the right place. Of course, we respect the privacy of all of our customers, but sometimes stories come spilling out and there’s no holding them in.

In this Tales from the Vault category, we share exciting and true-life stories from our lives in the storage industry. Need an example? How about the time we opened a large abandoned storage unit to find it contained only one refrigerator that housed a single pickle? We also share stories about strange things other companies discover in their storage units. Or maybe we just chill with some talk about how some customers use their storage units as gyms.

The storage industry is brimming with wonderful, and sometimes delightfully odd stories. We’re glad we can share some of them with you!

In 2004, Morgan Spurlock, an independent filmmaker, directed the somewhat “shocking” documentary, Supersize Me. The film was a virtual expose on an American ideology that is so set in our veins (literally and figuratively), that it’s become synonymous with America. That idea: bigger is better. Supersize Me called Americans, and American food corporations, to...

                    If you’re gifted to live in this great country, America, there are two or three things you know for sure. The “golden arches” are more than just the entrance to heaven. “Football” has a lot more to do with helmets and pads, than feet. And, the coup-de-grace of knowledge: Hollywood is...

                    There is a lot of talk about overpopulation. So much so, that the most populous country on earth has actually limited reproduction for more than three decades. Well, in America, where capitalism reigns free, there’s one kind of reproduction (or construction) that seems to have no limit. Take...

We’re going to play a little association game. Here are the clues: It is a place. This place resides in the most luxurious cities, worldwide. Features have been known to include waterfalls, wine coolers and beach front. Sounding pretty great, huh? Well, this place is so great that movie stars, politicians and athletes frequent it. We know what you’re thinking:...

It’s no secret that we Americans love our celebrities. And, in honor of that fact, we’re going to play a little association game. What do Canton, OH, Springfield, MA and Cleveland, OH have in common? Can’t guess? All homes to Halls of Fame. Well, it’s time to move over NFL, NBA and Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. There’s a new Hall in town and it ain’t...

  If you’ve seen the movie Larry Crowne, perhaps you remember the scene with Larry and Talia riding their scooters into a storage facility (see snippets from the scene in the trailer below starting at 1:32!). Talia wants to help Larry with his less-than-impressive wardrobe and brings him to her storage unit that is really a huge closet full of all kinds of...

The Real Housewives of Atlanta approached one of our storage locations about filming in one of our storage units. They needed to temporarily rent a space for one of the housewives to rummage in, because they wanted to show that she was going through a tough, transitional time in her life. Not her existing storage space, mind you, but a staged unit for this “reality...

One of the strangest storage units I ever saw was a 15 foot square unit that housed a single refrigerator. We were expecting to find some pretty amazing items in this fridge–gold, maybe?–but were baffled when we opened it and saw a lone, solitary pickle. A fridge and a pickle. That was it. Maybe it was the first pickle that was ever made. Maybe it was...

One of our units stored a solitary baby grand piano. That in itself is not very interesting or peculiar. But when it was dark, in the middle of the night, the owner would enter his unit and practice his piano. Classical music would float around the entire storage facility. Occasionally we would hear some Broadway music. The night manager’s favorite was when...

We’ve all gotten them: wrong numbers. You miss a number when dialing and instead of your Aunt Mildred, you have dialed a urologist’s office. Our Bonita Springs, FL location gets called so often for a 5-star hotel, it is surely not just a misdialed number. We don’t suggest sleeping in our units, but we think they are pretty 5-star! What is the best/funniest/weirdest...