Monthly Archives: September 2016

Tips for storing your summertime beach gear

Tips for storing your summertime beach gear!

How to Store your Summer!

Well, the Summer seemed to fly by here at The Storage Inn, located at the Jersey Shore, and now it’s Fall! The temperatures are dropping, and it’s time to start thinking about stowing your summer gear for the season. Let’s see… we have beach chairs in the trunks of two cars, a patio full of furniture, an assortment of bicycles, kayaks and canoes, and closets full of summer clothes. It may be time to consider getting some extra space at a self storage unit facility like our Ocean City self storage location or Egg Harbor Township self storage location! – Here are some tips to help you store your summer fun items!

Storing and Packing Beach Items

Shake off the loose sand, and make sure that your items are completely dry before storing them. It is also a good idea to place a moisture inhibitor such as Damp Rid in the storage unit to help avoid mold and mildew. Be sure to allow enough room for air to circulate around items such as beach chairs to prevent them from getting musty. Most importantly, DO NOT place anything into a storage unit that is still wet!

summer-gear

 

Storing and Packing Wheels and Paddles

Be sure to prep your bicycles, canoes and kayaks before placing them into storage. Oil any moving parts, and use the appropriate protectants on the metal, rubber, and plastic areas as needed prior to storing. You should also cover your stored items to protect your prep handywork!

Storing and Packing Patio Items

Make sure that all your patio furniture, grills, cushions,etc., are clean and dry prior to placing them into your self storage unit. Use patio furniture covers to protect your chairs and tables, and sealable plastic bags, or plastic wrap for your furniture cushions. Table cloths, placemats and accessories can be easily stored in an airtight plastic bin. Make sure that your grill is clean and dry, and that the fuel tank has been removed, prior to placing it into your self storage unit. Fuel tanks should always be stored in a secured outdoor area.

Storing and Packing Shorts, Tanks, & Tees

Be sure that all your clothing is clean and dry prior to storage. Use airtight plastic containers that are labeled on the side, so that you can read them when they’re stacked on top of one another. Placing silica packets inside of these containers will help to eliminate any moisture that might be trapped at the time of packing. Try placing a dryer sheet inside each of the containers to leave your clothing smelling clean and fresh when you retrieve them next spring.

Well, there you have it, the perfect plan for storing your Summer away from the self storage experts at The Storage Inn… at least until the temps begin to creep back up come Springtime!

To reserve the perfect unit to store your summer be sure to call or stop into your local self-storage facility, The Storage Inn! Our friendly staff is always available to answer any questions that you may have.

Tips for storing your summertime beach gear

 

Amazing Guitar Found in Storage Unit

Amazing Guitar Found in Storage Unit

Wow! What a storage unit find! 

If only it were at our facility! But truth be told, Beatles drummer Ringo Star was recently rummaging through his storage unit rentals and found some real treasures! Read below to find out more. Now we’ve never had a Beatles member rent from The Storage Inn, but we have had a very unlikely, celebrity guest as one of our tenants.

The Storage Inn Was Once a Magical Place

My name is Jerry. I’m the Sales Manager at The Storage Inn self storage in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey.  One of my duties as sales manager, is to compose our tenant newsletter, but while prepping for this year’s Fall / Winter edition, I came across something very interesting. It was a previous newsletter from before my time, that included the “Fun Storage Unit Fact” that magician David Copperfield had once stored items at our facility! “Hey!” I thought – “ What’s a rich famous guy like David Copperfield doing using a self storage facility? Do other celebrities rent storage space?” I was curious, so I did a little research, and here’s what I found out.

Shooting Stars!

downloadIt turns out that it is not uncommon for actors and celebrities to rent storage space as they travel around the world. Just last year, Beatle Ringo Starr, at age 75, decided to sell the items that he had accumulated in his various storage bins scattered across the globe. The auction included over 800 items,  among which were found, a guitar from John Lennon that’s estimated worth was $800,000. Also included was Ringo Starr’s first 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit that he not only played in over 200 performances between 1963 and 1964, but also used to record some of The Beatles biggest hits such as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “All My Loving,” “She Loves You,” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

 

Robert Pattinson of Twilight Rents Storage Units For Collecting!

Movie star Robert Pattinson of Twilight fame likes to collect clothing, books and other collectibles when he travels for movies. He can’t carry all the items with the crew as they move from movie set to movie set, so he rents storage in different cities around the globe to store them. And it’s not uncommon for Pattinson and other celebrities to rent under a fake name or they have their manager or assistants rent for them.

Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton’s Storage Stuff Auctioned!

Late last year, it was announced that 2 storage units owned by Lindsey Lohan were going up for auction, and a few years ago, Paris Hilton’s storage unit was auctioned off for over $2,500.

Even Michael Jackson Rented Storage Space!

Other notable names, known to have used self storage space include Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin and Burt Reynolds. Even the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, owned a storage unit that was found to contain over 250 unreleased Michael Jackson recordings done at a time when Michael Jackson wasn’t under a recording contract with a specific company.

This made me think… A couple of weeks ago I had a tenant move in that looked just like Elvis Presley! Hmmmmm. The perfect cover!

The Storage Inn - Giving Back Through Charity

The Storage Inn – Giving Back Through Charity

The Storage Inn – Proud to Be Involved in Charity

The Common Perception

Your local self storage facility – you pass the place on your way home from work every night – you know the one, with the office out front, and the rows and rows of identical doors, where people store the stuff they don’t have room for at home. You probably don’t think much beyond that, but what you may not know is that a few self storage facilities are much more active in the community than you might think!

That Storage Place - The Storage Inn of EHT

That Storage Place – The Storage Inn of EHT

The Storage Inn – About Giving Back

As the sales manager of The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township I know first hand just how much we get involved in the community. We offer price breaks to local college students and military personnel, as well as providing discounted programs for community residents affected by local layoffs.

We ask the people in our area to use our services, so in return, it’s our obligation to let the people in our community know that we’re there, and that we care.

For instance, in 2102 our locations in Ocean City and Egg Harbor Township provided close to 100 storage units for up to three months to Hurricane Sandy storm victims free of charge.

The Storage Inn donates space to the Atlantic County ARC, and the local Faces 4 Autism charity. We donate  both space, and rental vehicles to the Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department’s Toys 4 Kids program, and the local Ladies Invitational Bluefish Tournament, which benefits breast cancer prevention.  The employees from our Ocean City location show up every year at the local church, with a truck load of turkeys to donate for holiday dinners for the less fortunate. We are proud to be involved in all of these charities, as well as providing monetary sponsorship for our local softball team, and summer beach concert series.

So the next time you drive past “that self storage place” keep in mind they may be doing more for the community than you’re aware of.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article. Definitely keep The Storage Inn of Ocean City and Egg Harbor Township in mind when you need some extra space!

Tailgating Storage Tips

So, September is here, along with a brand-spanking-new football season – and what fun would football be without tailgating? There’s nothing like meeting up with your friends, firing up the grill, and getting pumped up before kickoff – but this yearly ritual also comes with a fair amount of work attached. The last thing you want, is to be running around scrambling to find your tailgating gear on game day. Here are some tips to help you stay organized, and make your tailgating  adventure a bit easier.

Keep it Clean

Whether you’re putting it away just until next week, or until next season or packing up for the season and placing your vacation stuff into a storage facility until next year, be sure to thoroughly clean all of your gear before you put it into storage – especially anything that might have food residue on it.The smallest amount of food residue can easily attract insects, and rodents. Consider pressure washing your grill at regular intervals throughout the football season, and especially at the end of the season, when you put it into your storage space.

Tailgating Storage Tips from The Storage Inn

Tailgating Storage Tips from The Storage Inn

Tote It

Typical tailgating gear can include everything from Team Flags, to plastic utensils, table cloths, cups, radios, and more!  This is where plastic tote bins become your best friend. Not only will they hold just about everything that you need, but they’ll also stack nicely in your game day vehicle –  just be sure to distribute the weight evenly so that they’re not too heavy to lift. This also makes for easy placement back into your garage or storage unit after the big game.

Be Safe

Do not store hazardous or flammable materials such as propane tanks, lighter fluid, or any other flammable materials in your garage or self storage unit. Propane tanks should be stored outdoors in an upright position. Other items such as lighter fluid or fire starters should be stored at home in a secure  temperature controlled area.  Also remember to remove batteries from radios, flashlights, etc., while in storage between seasons, to avoid leakage.

Make it Easy

Whether you’re a football-only Tailgater, or a year round Baseball, Soccer, NASCAR kind of crew, part of successful tailgating is having a system that makes it easy.  You will want to be sure that your tailgating items can be easily accessed. If you find that you’re having a hard time doing this at home, you may want to consider a small self storage unit. The ease of driving up, throwing open the door, and loading your vehicle, could make the small monthly investment well worth it! Stop in to your local self-storage facility like The Storage Inn and check it out – We’d be more than happy to help you. Happy Tailgating!

The Storage Inn – Why do we celebrate Labor Day?

Happy Labor Day From The Storage Inn

Happy Labor Day From The Storage Inn of Egg Harbor Township and Ocean City!

Why do we celebrate Labor Day?

Here we are – it’s Labor Day weekend, and I get an extra day off from my job helping folks rent storage space for residential storage and commercial storage at The Storage Inn! Summer is almost over, and the kids are going back to school, so let’s take this weekend to relax and barbeque! But what is Labor Day and why do we celebrate it? Here is a quick look at the meaning and history of Labor Day…

The Beginning

Labor Day can be traced back to a parade organized by New York City union leaders in 1882. In those days, unions were mostly concerned with getting their members a fair wage, decent working conditions, and a decent work schedule. The parade was held on Tuesday, September 5th, and billed as a “Monster Labor Festival”. Few people showed up that morning, and organizers were beginning to worry that workers were reluctant to give up a day’s wages to join the rally, but soon workers began flowing in from across the city. By the end of the day, over 10,000 people had marched in the parade, and joined in the after parade festivities, in what the press dubbed, “a day of the people”.

Let’s make it official

Annual festivities to honor the nation’s workers spread quickly across the country, but Labor Day didn’t become an official holiday for more than a decade. In 1887 Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday quickly followed by states like New York, Massachusetts and Colorado.

Prompted by the growing awareness of the labor movement across the United States, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day an official holiday in 1896.

Construction Hard Hat with Gloves Labor Day

Take Time to Remember

So whether you’re a CEO, a waiter, or work in the storage rental industry like me, take time this weekend, between the beach and fireworks, to remember what Labor Day is all about. Just think…without the historic efforts of the of the labor movement throughout U.S. history, we would all be working on the first Monday of September!