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Self Storage Helps with your Black Friday Shopping?

Black Friday shoppers at Walmart

Thanksgiving is a day for us to give thanks, enjoy time with our family and friends, enjoy great meals and cheer for our favorite professional and college football teams. It has also become a day to plan your shopping strategy for “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday”.  Black Friday is the “official” kick-off to the Christmas shopping season, even though some retailers are moving their opening hours to Thanksgiving evening. On average over 135 Million people go shopping on Black Friday spending billions of dollars. For many retailers, Black Friday is their busiest shopping day of the year! This year, the holiday shopping season is shorter at only four weeks!

The term “Black Friday” was first uttered by a Philadelphia policeman in 1966 to describe the large amount of shoppers that crowded the Philadelphia city center on the day after Thanksgiving. The name wasn’t widely adopted into the mainstream and the media until the 1980’s. Today, Black Friday is seen as a day to get incredible bargains on electronics, toys and even clothing. Most retailers have already released their list of sale items, so shoppers can prepare their shopping strategies. There are some shoppers that started to camp out in front of Best Buy and other large retailers last week, so they could be the first in line! For shoppers who would much rather skip the crowds and shop online, there is Cyber Monday, which is one of the busiest online shopping days of the year. Retailers have also set specific deals for online shoppers on that day, including free shipping.

Self Storage is a great option for shoppers to store their Black Friday and Cyber Monday purchases. Check with your local storage facility! Stop N Stor offers month-to-month rentals, that is perfect for storing items for the holiday season.  Renting a self storage unit is great to store holiday decorations such as Christmas trees, wreaths, lighting, inflatable displays and ornaments. Storing these decorations in self storage will help make your home, basement or garage clutter free after the holidays.

Stop N Stor wishes everyone a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving. Our offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day, but you can still access your storage units 24 hours a day/7days away via our computer-controlled gate access. Our offices will reopen on Friday, November 29th just in time for you to store your Black Friday purchases! Happy Thanksgiving!

Tips for Storing Musical Instruments

Tips for Storing Musical Instruments


There are many types of personal belongings that need to be properly prepared before putting into storage. Antiques, electronics, photographs, musical instruments and collectibles need to be stored in a specific way in order to keep them in good working order and able to be used again after storage. The optimum place to store musical instruments would be in a home. However, if that is not possible, then it is important to store the instruments in a climate controlled storage unit to prevent damage from extreme temperatures and keep them protected for many years of use.

Musical instruments are made of wood, metal or leather (drums), which are sensitive to extreme weather conditions, such as high temperatures and humidity. High humidity can warp and damage the wood in instruments over time. If possible, check with the manufacturer’s instructions for storage for the instruments. There are certain preparations that need to be made to the instruments to keep them ready for storage as well as protected while they are in storage.

  1. Store instruments in cases that have been designed and designated for the instruments. The cases should be clean and the inside material should not be fraying.
  2. Clean and condition the instruments before placing in storage. Take apart the instruments and remove reeds or mouth pieces on woodwind instruments. Relax the strings on stringed instruments such as guitars or violins before placing in storing.
  3. Place the instrument cases off of the floor on a shelving unit during storage. Do not store the instruments need doors, direct light or a vent.
  4. If you are storing a piano, have a professional piano mover prep the piano for storage. Cover the piano with a sheet or tarp and wrap the legs with sheets for extra protection during storage.
  5. When you remove the instrument from storage, clean and tune the instruments before using.

Stop N Stor  offers climate controlled storage units that would be perfect places to store your musical instruments Properly prepping the instruments before storage will allow the instruments to be used for generations to come. Storing instruments in self storage will give you the peace of mind that your instruments will be safe and secure while in storage.