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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!

‘Conversion’ generally is a big deal. It’s a big deal in sports. It’s a big deal in religion. And it’s a big deal in self storage. Like religion and sports, self storage conversions take guts and creativity. Unlike sports and religion, it’s not about physical prowess and bringing people into the fold. In short, self storage conversion takes an existing...

So-called ‘good’ reality television has to be born of something. Typically topics prey on human behavior—a flare for the dramatic, humans versus the wild, an urge to collect more than we need. The final example may be more common, although not as dramatic, as depicted in Hoarders. Most of us tend to collect more than we need. Who can pass up the dollar aisle...

We Americans know what we like. As one bright-eyed young Texan said, “What mama wants, mama gets.” And as it turns out, there are lots of “mamas” getting what they want in America. If you don’t agree, let’s take a look at one of the nation’s favorite holidays, Christmas. The Gallup Poll found Americans estimated spending on Christmas alone to be $786...

                    If you’ve ever found yourself in Southern Florida, you’re well aware that there truly is a place for everything. And by everything, we mean every-little-thing. Despite one of the arguably most beautiful natural landscapes, dotted with swaying palms and crystal beaches, some of the local population...

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...