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There may be times when you need to rent a storage unit for various reasons (job relocation, house downsizing, etc.). Some possessions need special attention and care when put into storage – especially wedding dresses, pianos, and paintings. Wedding dresses. Before putting a wedding dress in storage, be sure to have it professionally dry cleaned first. Make sure...

AXA ART announced that Armstrong Fine Art Services was awarded the coveted artprotect™ certification. This certification rates a storage facility’s ability to properly store and protect fine art and collectibles from damage, theft, and destruction. In 2004, a fire in an art storage facility in Leyton (east London) destroyed all of the stored artwork for an...

Located at the corner of North 10th and Taylor Street in beautiful San Jose, Elke McKeown’s Extra Space Storage Facility is a vital member of a flourishing urban community. Formerly a manufacturing site, this particular Extra Space Storage Facility opened its doors in September of 2009. Since then, it has become the area’s primary provider of storage solutions....

Thanks to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), 24 students at the Beloit College Logan Museum of Anthropology have been trained in how environmental conditions affect the storage of anthropological and archival materials. Students learned about how temperature, humidity, and pollutants in the air can affect collections in storage. IMLS provided a $3,000...

Christie’s, the internationally famous art auction house, is expanding into the storage business. A Christie’s subsidiary, Christie’s Fine Art Storage Services (CFASS), has bought a 100-year-old Brooklyn, New York factory that it will convert into a high-security, climate-controlled fine art storage facility. The new fine arts storage facility, located...

Comox Valley Art Gallery, a Courtenay, Canada art gallery, has decided to invest in specialized professional art storage racks to store its collection. The racks are on wheels, and can store works of art that are as big as six feet by eight feet. Comox is buying a total of six racks for $15,000. The racks will hold around 100 large paintings and other two-dimensional art...

Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery, in Alberta, Canada, has had about $1.5 million in renovations in the last year. In one spot, the renovations increased the museum’s exhibition area by 10,000 square feet. The renovations also improved the museum’s washrooms and office areas. But the renovations did nothing to address the museum’s other critical need: storage...

When you visit most art museums, the art that you see on display represents only a fraction of the museum’s actual holdings. The percentage of art holdings that are actually on display in museums around the world is dropping, as the recession forces some museums to move to smaller facilities or to close their doors altogether. Researchers at the University of Brighton,...

Some people may wonder why anyone would think it was worth it to keep a large collection of books (or stamps, doll houses, antique toys, or any other kind of collection) in self-storage. Collecting thousands of items related to one topic might seem like an endless, thankless task. But one reason to persist with a collecting hobby is that books, documents, antiques, and...

When Danny Beckner, of Charleston, West Virginia, decorates for Christmas, he doesn’t just put up a few strings of lights. He goes into storage and pulls out his collection of more than 80 miniature houses and businesses. Beckner’s Christmas village collection includes people, pets, horses, a train, and many other accessories. The collection, which once fit...