Garage Sales Are Multi-Purpose Events for Self Storage Facilities

Posted on Sep 24 2013 - 9:13pm by Holly Robinson

Have you ever felt like you just have way too much stuff in the garage? Is your house feeling cluttered with a mixture of new and old things everywhere? Do you need some elbow room at home, but you don’t know if you want to keep things (but need a place to do so) or just get rid of them? Sounds like you need to check out your local self storage facility.

The self storage industry was created for just such a scenario; too much stuff, not enough space. Should you want to create space, but not get rid of things a self storage unit is exactly what you need. However, if you want to get rid of things but want to see if you can get a little something for them first, well— the right self storage facility can still help you out.

Some are known for holding garage sales. The LifeStorage self storage chain based in the Chicago area has become known for hosting garage sales at many of its facilities. The one in Bridgewater recently had one on September 21 and 22.

The event is open to the public, and not just in respect to buyers. People with units at the facility likely made up the majority of the sellers, but people from the community that don’t have a self storage unit are encouraged to attend as well.  The need for permits and any fees was waived making it easy for any to participate.

“The purpose of hosting a garage sale event such as this is really twofold, as a way to help people undertake a major clean-out before the winter months set in and a way to bring people in the community together in a social setting,” said Nancy Warrer Lead Manager for LifeStorage. 

So is it really an altruistic event? Is the self storage facility doing something and thinking only of the people?

“It’s great to see people buying, selling and exchanging items that they find at these events and we generally have a great turnout.”

While it is nice to get people together, events like garage sales that bring people from the community to the self storage facility are fantastic advertising. How better for people to realize that they could use some a self storage unit other than to see one in use?

On occasion LifeStorage facilities will hold a yard sale to benefit a local charity. The Matteson facility hosted a yard sale on September 14 to benefit the Food Pantry of Rich Township.

“For the last three years, we have had a donations box in the office to collect food for the pantry as well,” said Allison Thomspon, store manager of LifeStorage of Matteson. “We had participated in the Walk for Hunger a couple years ago.”

Sources Used:

“LifeStorage of Bridgeview is Hosting Bridgeview Treasure Days.” PRWeb; 24 September 2013.

“LifeStorage Yard Sale Benefits Food Pantry.” PRWeb; 11 September 2013.

Garage Sales Are Multi Purpose Events for Self Storage Facilities

About Holly Robinson

Holly Robinson (no, not Holly Robinson-Peete - the Autism advocate/actress/model/athlete's wife) works as a "staging expert" for a national real estate company, who has recently moved from a fast-paced metropolitan area to a slower-paced suburbia. In her spare time she keeps an online journal of the differences in these two worlds, and how she manages to keep a toe hold in each. Her topics often include "what you can live without" and "life's must-haves," - life simplification without sacrifice - which she has learned through her profession.
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