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2016 Low Country Home and Garden Show

2016 Low Country Home and Garden Show

January is the time to start planning for spring and summer home improvement projects. There are home, garden and remodeling shows taking place across the country during January, February and March. These shows are great opportunities to see the latest home improvement and renovation ideas, products and technologies to get you motivated to start your summer home projects.  The Low County Home and Garden Show returns to Savannah this weekend for a weekend full of seminars, demonstrations and fun for the entire family.

2016 Low Country Home and Garden Show

The 2016 Low Country Home and Garden Show will be at the Savannah International Trade & Convention Center from Friday, January 29th running to Sunday, January 31st. The show has over 4000 square feet of displays and exhibitions including gardens, landscapes and water features. There will be exhibits for kitchen design, pools and outdoor living, and interior design and home accessories.

There will also be DIY seminars on three different stages: Celebrity Stage, Garden Stage and Kids Stage throughout the weekend. Seminar topics range from construction trends in Savannah to solar energy for the home to garden flower inspirations. Jeff Lewis the host and star of Bravo’s Flipping Out will be sharing his over 20 years of experience with renovating interior and exterior living spaces. The Garden Stage will have Norman Winter, gardening expert from the Coastal Botanical Garden at Historic Bamboo Farm and other experts from the Coastal Georgia Botanical Garden sharing how to make the most of your outdoor living and gardening spaces.

The Home and Garden Show will be filled with exhibitors that will be able to help you with ideas for improvements inside and outside your home. New this year is a “Product Zone” with exhibits and demonstrations of the newest products to make everyday tasks a bit easier. The show has it all from gardens and landscapes to interior design ideas and daily live plant and tree sales. There is an interactive Kids Zone area sponsored by Lowes with demonstrations, face-painting and hands-on demonstrations, a pet area and wine tasting. Enter to win plants from local garden centers, gift cards and much more from daily giveaways throughout the weekend.

Self Storage and Home Improvement

After you have visited the different home garden and remodeling shows and received tips for your remodeling or renovation projects, it is time to start planning your upcoming spring and summer projects. Renting a self-storage unit for personal and business storage is a great way to keep the furniture and accessories from the room or office protected during remodeling or renovation projects. If the remodeling project allows you to get new furniture, keep the older furniture in a self-storage unit.

Stop N Stor has a variety of climate and non-climate controlled storage units that can fit all of your storage needs from storing tools during a construction project to storing all of the furniture in a bedroom or living room! Our friendly and professional staff can help you with your storage needs from packing and moving supplies to temporary storage for your renovation project. Stop in when you need help finding the right storage space for your renovation projects! Enjoy the home and garden show and good luck with your spring and summer home improvement projects!

Tips for Storing a Comic Book Collection

Comic Book Storage Ideas

Collecting comic books, toys and sporting cards has become a very big business and there are many industries that have been created just around buying, selling and storing these specific items. Comic books and sports trading cards have always been highly collectible with collections being passed down from generation to generation.

Most people will store their childhood comic book collection in their attic or basement. While this is a handy place to put the comic books in a home, it actually isn’t the best place to store them in order to keep them in good condition. Extreme temperatures, especially in a hot and humid attic, can damage the paper of the comic books. The best place to store comic books is in humidity or climate controlled environment. If there is not room at home to properly display or store comic books, then the next best option would be to store the collectibles in a self-storage unit. Climate controlled storage units help protect your comic book collections from extreme temperatures and humidity.

Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes that are perfect for storing a comic book collection.  A 5’x5’ or 10’x10’ storage unit would be an ideal size to store comic book storage boxes. If there is enough space, add shelving to the storage unit to make storing the comic book collection more organized.

Comic Book Storage Tips

The condition of the comic book will affect the value of the comic book over time. Therefore, it is very important to make sure that the collectibles are properly packaged and prepared for storage. There are many comic book storage ideas that have been created to keep comic books in pristine condition. Most comic book stores will be able to provide you with these storage materials. If you follow the comic book storage tips below, your collection will continue to stay in good form:

  • Protecting Comic Books-Place individual comic books in protective polypropylene sheets with acid-free packing boards. The bags protect the comic books from fingerprints, scuffs and moisture. The boards, stored inside the bag, keep the comic book stiff and flat as well as helps to prevent bending and curling of the paper. Change out the boards every 2-5 years in order to keep the board from changing the color of the comic.
  • Mylar Protection Sheets-For more valuable comics, use Mylar comic book protector sheets for storing purposes.
  • Comic Book Storage Boxes-Store comic books in acid free comic book storage boxes. The comic book boxes come in two different sizes: long and short. The short box can hold up to 200 comics. The long box can fit up to 250 comics. Store the comic books standing up in the boxes.
  • Filing Cabinets-There are other comic book storage ideas such as storing a collection in filing cabinets or specially made cabinets as an alternative to storing in boxes.
  • Binding Comic Books-If you do not plan on selling the comic books in the future, then consider binding volumes of comic books together in a book or placing in a binder. This ultimately reduces the value of the comic book, but binding could make it easier to read, transport and store.
  • Comics Storage Tip-When storing comics, keep them away from direct sunlight as this can fade the colors of the book. Also, avoid storing comic books in wet, hot or drafty areas.

Renting a self storage unit is a great way to store large and small comic book collections. When storing the comic book storage boxes, do not stack the boxes too high and stack all like-sized boxes together. The larger comic book storage boxes can get heavy when they are completely full. Filing cabinets used for storing comic books can easily be moved into a storage unit. The state-of-the-art security at Stop N Stor gives our customers peace of mind their comic book collections are safe and secure while in storage.

 

How to Pack and Move a Dining Room Table

How to Pack a Dining Room Table for Moving.

In today’s busy world, many people don’t use their formal dining room except for special occasions, holiday gatherings or to use as a place for additional storage.  The kitchen has taken over as the dining or gathering area in a home. They might not be used as much, but, the dining room table and chairs are still treasured pieces of furniture. It is very important to take extra time to properly prepare and move dining room furniture in order to protect it from damage and costly repairs.  Before starting to pack the dining room, it is recommended to take a picture of the dining room table from all angles. This documents the item and any existing damage and provides proof if there is damage made during the move.

Tips for Packing a Dining Room Table

Below are nine tips for preparing dining room furniture for moving day. Make sure that you have moving and packing supplies such as cardboard, bubble wrap and packing tape on hand for this part of the project.

  1. Clean/dust the furniture before preparing for storage.
  2. To make the transport of the table easier, unbolt and unscrew the legs from the table. Tape the hardware in a re-sealable bag and attach it to the bottom of the table or on one of the legs. Label the bag with its contents.
  3. If you cannot remove the table legs, wrap them in bubble wrap for protection on moving day.
  4. Wrap each detached leg with bubble wrap for protection.
  5. Remove the table leaf and wrap it in a moving blanket.
  6. Put the sides down on a drop-down side tables and then wrap the entire tabletop with a moving blanket. Secure the blanket with packing tape, so the blanket will not move.
  7. Wrap the tabletop with as many blankets as is needed in order to cover the surface. Tape the blankets to the bottom of the table to keep them secured. Do not use tape on the surface of the table as it could leave a residue or peel the paint or wood surfacing.
  8. Glass dining room table tops should first be wrapped in several layers of bubble wrap and then wrapped with at least two moving blankets. For additional protection, add a layer of cardboard taped over the blankets.
  9. Wrap dining room chairs in a moving blanket and secure with tape. Wrap the legs and the back of the chair in bubble wrap.

Moving a Dining Room Table and Chairs

Once you have the dining room table wrapped and ready to go, you must make sure that it gets moved properly into a moving truck. Below are six tips for moving a dining room set to get the most optimum room in the moving truck and storage unit.

  1. Move chairs by picking them up from the bottom of the seat. Do not move chairs by lifting up from their backs or by dragging them across the floor as this could damage the chair and the floor.
  2. Stack chairs in groups of two in the moving van and secure with bungee cord or rope. Place the second chair upside down on top of the cushion on the first chair.
  3. When moving the table, have one person lift it from one end and another from the other end. Lift the table by the apron and turn so it is vertical to the floor. This will allow for easier movement through doors and up/down stairs.
  4. Load the table top against the wall of a moving van and secure with rope or bungee cords. Another option is to lay it flat on the floor of the moving truck.
  5. Place the separated legs in a secure position on the moving truck, where they won’t roll and damage other items.
  6. If the legs remain on the table, be very careful how you load the table into the moving truck. If the table is being moved in a standing position, you can load items below it, but it might not be able to support a large amount of weight on top. Tables can also shift during transit. It might be a better idea to place the table on its side in the moving van and make sure to keep the legs protected as much as possible.

Protecting a Dining Room Table in Self Storage

It is very important to protect the investment in your furniture, especially cherished dining room tables, while moving or in storage, so you will be able to use the items for many years to come. Self storage is a great personal storage solution to keep these items protected until you need them again. Some furniture might require storage in a climate controlled storage unit to keep the wood in good condition and protect it from possible warping or drying out from extreme temperatures and humidity.  Once you place the dining room tables in storage, make sure to keep them covered with furniture tarps.  Stop N Stor has a variety of storage units available in both climate and non-climate controlled to keep your dining room furniture protected in storage.

 

 

 

 

 

Start Off the Year Right with 8 Easy Steps to Getting Organized

Organizing in the New Year

Every year, people make resolutions to get healthy, lose weight, save more and get more organized. According to a survey on New Year’s resolutions recently posted by Statistic Brain,  the number 2 resolution for last year was to get organized! There is no time like the present to start planning and acting on this resolution to better organize your life and declutter your home to make it more organized for the New Year! The New Year is in full swing and now is the perfect time to set-up your home to be clutter free after the chaos of the holiday season. The holiday decorations have been stored until next year’s holiday season.

Now is the perfect time to work on organization projects big and small. You can start with small projects such as organizing a closet and then move onto larger organization projects such as re-organizing your entire kitchen.

By following some of the simple organization tips below, you can easily start off 2016 on an organized path:

  1. Create a goal and vision for the space that you need to reorganize. This is great for small or large projects. Cut out photos of an organized room, closet or bookshelf and place them on the refrigerator or on a bulletin board to use as a guide to what you want to accomplish.
  2. Define your clutter. We are all very emotionally attached to our things; which in turn causes more clutter to gather in our homes. This is a good time to sort your items between what will stay in the room and what can be packed for storage.
  3. Donate the items that you don’t need any more to organizations that could use them. Donate books to a library or school. Donate clothing to local shelters and donations centers, such as the Salvation Army or Goodwill.
  4. Once, you have created a clutter free environment, it is important to keep it organized going forward by doing daily cleaning, such as putting away daily use items in their designated spots.
  5. Purchase organizational supplies such as shelving units, storage bins, door storage organizers, and baskets to give loose items “a home”.
  6. There are many great DIY ways to get your items organized from re-purposing ice trays to hold desk supplies to color coding a weekly family event calendar to keeping electrical cords coiled correctly.
  7. Sort your mail right away. Place magazines and catalogs that you won’t read directly into the recycle bin and place bills and other mail that have to be answered in a specially designated spot.
  8. Finish the organizational projects that you started! Do not leave projects half completed!

With proper planning and a goal in mind, you can declutter and reorganize your home and start a plan to keep it organized going into the New Year. Stop N Stor  has a variety of storage options, including climate and non-climate controlled, available for every storage need from storing unused exercise equipment to storing family heirlooms.

 

Ring in 2016 in Savannah

New Year's Events in Savannah

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and get excited for the wonders and challenges of the New Year. The Savannah area offers a variety of ways to celebrate the New Year from attending parties at hotels to ringing in the New Year with fireworks and thousands of your closest friends! Below is a list of just a few of the activities taking place on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day in the Savannah area:

Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration

Savannah’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration is at Rousakis Plaza on River Street in historic downtown Savannah. Savannah Waterfront Association presents the third annual Up the Cup New Year’s Eve Celebration.  The festivities include free entertainment and watching the “non-traditional 6 foot to-go cup” drop at midnight! Afterwards, there is a huge fireworks display over the Savannah River.

City Market

Savannah’s City Market will be hosting an outdoor street party to ring in the New Year. The entertainment starts at 9pm and lasts until 1am at the Wild Wig Café Stage near Ellis Square. No tickets or reservations are needed. However, if you plan on celebrating at the restaurants in the area, you will need to make reservations.

New Year’s Eve at Westin Savannah

Treat yourself to a New Year’s Celebration at The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa. There are two events: The Night at Aqua Star Seafood Kitchen, which is family friendly and The Celebration in the Harbor Ballroom. Both events will have live entertainment, party favors, a toast at midnight and more.

Savannah River Cruise New Year’s Celebrations

The Savannah Riverboat Cruises are offering special packages to celebrate the New Year in style.  They offer a dinner cruise (perfect for families), party cruise to ring in the New Year or a full-on formal New Year’s Eve gala.

Tybee Island Fireworks

Tybee Island rings in 2016 with a spectacular fireworks display set off from Tybee Pier.  The display is the largest New Year’s Eve fireworks display in the Southeastern United States. The fireworks can be viewed from the beach or any of the many beachfront restaurants. The next day, take the plunge into the Atlanta Ocean at the 16th Annual Tybee Polar Bear Plunge.  All proceeds going to the Tybee Post Theater.

Wild Night on Ossabow Island

As an alternative to the usual New Year’s Eve party, connect with nature at A Wild Night on Ossabaw Island. This overnight event includes camping overnight, a great meal, champagne toast at midnight, walking tour of the north end of the island and discussions around the campfire.

No matter how you celebrate New Year’s Eve, it is important to be safe and to have a great time. Stop N Stor wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year! We look forward to being your source for all of your storage needs in Hinesville, Port Wentworth and Savannah in 2016!

Happy Holidays from Stop N Stor!

Merry Christmas to our customers, family and friends from Stop N Stor!

Happy Holidays from Stop N Stor

2016 Holidays Events in Savannah

Christmas in Savannah
Savannah at Christmas. Photo courtesy of blog.visitsavannah.com.

The end of 2015 is just a few weeks away and there are many holiday attractions and events see and do in the Savannah area! Savannah has a variety of traditional holiday events including annual Christmas light displays, outdoor skating and visits with Santa Claus! Below are just a few of the “not-to-miss” holiday events in the Savannah area this year.

Savannah Festival of Lights

The Westin Savannah Harbor Golf Resort and Spa and the Savannah Harbor Foundation host The Savannah Festival of Lights now to December 24th.  There is a gingerbread village and competition, daily performances or events presented by local organizations and visits with Santa Claus at his workshop. This weekend, there will be a special 3D video and light projection performance on the side of the resort building! Friday, Saturday and Sunday will have different holiday themes for the light show.

December Nights and Holiday Lights

The Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens will be transformed into December Nights and Holiday Lights  nightly through December 24th.  Visitors can stroll through the six acres of themed garden areas. This year, there is a model trail display in the conference center. There are also special entertainment on holiday events for the entire family during the weekends.

Tybee for the Holidays

Tybee Island celebrates the holiday season with Tybee for the Holidays with family friendly fun for the entire holiday season.  Decorate your bicycles for The Tybee Island Tour de Lights Bike Parade on Saturday, December 19th starting at 5pm.  Step back in time at Fort Pulaski to commemorate the Confederate Nog party of 1861 on December 18th and 19th.  Visitors can take a candlelight tour of the fort, enjoy music and caroling and re-live the festive atmosphere of the Nog party.  The holiday festivities will end with the famous Tybee Island fireworks on New Year’s Eve.

Holiday Trolley Tours

The holiday season is a wonderful time to take one of the many trolley tours around the city. One of the best known holiday tours is the Old Town Trolley Tours which offers tours through December 24th. The tours takes visitors through Savannah’s historic squares and districts to see the beautifully decorated homes and gardens. There are stops at the Davenport House and Savannah Festival of Lights.

Skatefest

To help to get in the winter and cold-weather mindset,  head to the Savannah Civic Center for Skatefest at the Savannah Civic Center starting December 12th through January 2nd. Each skating session lasts 1.5 hours and is a great activity for the entire family!

“A Christmas Tradition”

The Savannah Theater presents their annual holiday show, “A Christmas Tradition” now through December 26th.  The 2 hour show mixes holiday standards, comedy, Christmas characters, singing, dancing and more.

Enjoy all the wonderful holiday traditions that Savannah has to offer during this time of the year. Stop N Stor will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day so our storage professionals can enjoy the holidays with their friends and family. Stop N Stor wishes our customers, family and friends a wonderful holiday season!

 

How You Can Help By Giving During the Holiday Season

Helping for the Holidays in Savannah

The holidays are time for giving and sharing with family, friends and the community. There are many ways to help out in the Savannah area, from serving community meals to donating new toys or coats for children in need. Many charitable organizations rely heavily on donations made during the holiday season. Some of the charities collect items for distribution for Christmas while others accept donations to help with their programs throughout the year. Find out more about a few of the charitable organizations that are holding special holiday donation campaigns.

Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive

The Marine Reserves sponsor the annual Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive Campaign  to collect new, unwrapped toys for children that are in need. The organization receives millions of dollars in toy and monetary donations each year. They work with local community organizations and church groups for toy donation on Christmas.  There are several Savannah area drop off points for Toys for Tots. They will be collecting toys through mid-December.

Salvation Army of Savannah

The Salvation Army was started in the mid 1880’s by a British evangelical preacher, William Booth. Members of Booth’s church group immigrated to the United States in 1880 and the program quickly spread across the United States. Today, the Salvation Army assists nearly 30 million Americans nationwide each year with homeless relief programs, disaster relief, boys and girls groups and much more. The Salvation Army of Savannah  has been serving those in need in the Savannah area since 1900. One of the major fundraising campaigns for the Salvation Army is the Red Kettle Campaign. This giving program began in 1891 and today raises millions of dollars every holiday season to help with local Salvation Army programs. Salvation Army volunteers are dispersed across the area collecting holiday donations with their red kettles and bells.

Another popular Salvation Army holiday charity program is The Angel Tree.  The program matches donors with children from qualified families to ensure that they receive gifts and clothing during the holidays. Participating donors can take one or more Angels from the “Angel Tree” located in malls and at various stores throughout the Savannah area. Donors can purchase age- and gender-appropriate toys, clothing, or special needs items as listed on the coded section of the Angels donation slip. Return the unwrapped items with the coded section of the Angel slip attached to the designated drop-off locations by December 14th to ensure delivery by the holidays.

Savannah Food Bank

The Savannah Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia  is the Savannah area’s food bank. The organization serves over 300 charitable programs in 21 urban and rural coastal Georgia communities. The Savannah Second Harvest of Coastal Georgia is always accepting monetary or food donations and volunteer assistance to help sort the food in their warehouse. Donations to local food pantries also come in handy throughout the year, but especially during the holidays. If you would like to donate actual food items to the food bank or food pantries in the Savannah area, make sure that the items are non-perishable. Suggested items for holiday meal donations include canned pumpkin, canned yams, cranberry sauce, boxed stuffing mix or died macaroni. For everyday needs, suggested food donations include canned beans, nuts, peanut butter, canned tuna or salmon, dried beans, rice, oatmeal pasta, tomato sauce, flour and canned vegetables. Check with local organizations for Christmas free dinners and events for the community.

Savannah Feed the Hungry Meals

Savannah Feed the Hungry Inc.  hosts Christmas dinners during the holiday season in Savannah and Port Wentworth.  The Port Wentworth dinner is at the Holiday Inn Express in Port Wentworth on December 22nd. The Savannah meal is at the John S. Deleware Center on December 23rd. Savannah Feed the Hungry is planning on serving over 45,000 meals in 2015 to those in need in the area. Since 2009, they have served over 450,000 meals. The event will also help families in need with extra help for toys for Christmas, free health screenings and clothing.

The holidays are a wonderful time to help others by giving to holiday charity programs or by volunteering at food banks, food pantries and community holiday meals. Helping others who are in need is a great way to honor the meaning of the season. Stop N Stor wishes all of their customers, vendors, family and friends all the best this holiday season.

How to Store Rugs in Self Storage

Rug Storage Tips

There are many reasons that you might need rug storage from inheriting a treasured oriental rug to needing to remove an area rug during a move to a smaller home or during a home remodeling project.  Rugs and carpets can be unwieldy objects to store.  They also need to be properly prepared before placing in any type of storage.

Rugs should be stored in a dry cool environment, where temperature and humidity is set at an even level. Changing humidity levels can cause a rug to curl at the edges.  The best solution is to store a rug in a climate controlled storage unit. Stop N Stor  has a variety of storage unit sizes in climate and non-climate controlled that are perfect for storing furniture and rugs during remodeling projects or moving to another home. The size of the rug will determine the size storage unit that you will need to rent.

Tips for Storing Rugs or Carpets

Dirt and bugs (moths and carpet beetles) are the number biggest enemies for carpets. Bugs do not eat synthetic fibers such as nylon, polypropylene, acrylic or polyester. However, they can damage natural fibers such as wool or silk.

Following simple tips on how to store rugs will keep them in good condition for future use.

  1. Rugs need to be cleaned before placing in storage. Any dirt or soiling left on the rug should be removed or they could cause deterioration of the rug over long-term storage. Clean rugs or carpets based on manufacturer instructions. Woven or braided rugs should be washed differently from handmade, antique, wool and oriental rugs. If the rug is large and not able to be cleaned at home, have it professionally cleaned before storing.
  2. Vacuum the rug on both sides before wet cleaning. Vacuuming will remove pet dander, dust mites and any excess dirt. In order to vacuum both sides of the rug place the rug on plastic or wire mess fencing material on the ground. Vacuum one side and then flip over to vacuum the other.
  3. If you are not able to get the carpet professionally cleaned, wash the rug with a gentle detergent. For larger rugs, wet with a garden hose and scrub with a Woolite and water solution.
  4. Rugs should be completely dry before putting in storage. Use a wet/dry vacuum to extract as much water as possible from the rug before storage. If cleaning a rug outside on a warm day, allow it to air dry for 10-12 hours. (This is a great spring cleaning task.)
  5. After cleaning the rug, spray the rug with insect repellant. A DIY solution is 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar sprayed on both sides of the rug. Then, let the rug dry completely.
  6. It is recommend to roll a rug for storage instead of folding. Folded rugs can leave cracks and creases damaging the carpet and the backing of the carpet. To roll a carpet correctly, roll from the “bottom” to the top. To find the “bottom,” run your hand over the fibers to determine which direction is “with the grain” and which is against. Follow the direction that is with the grain to the edge and start making the roll from there. Roll the carpet as tight as possible and secure with a piece of rope.
  7. Do not store a rug or carpet in direct light. Direct light can fade the carpet’s colors. Keep rugs and carpets stored in a darker, cool and dry storage area.
  8. Wrap the rolled carpet in brown craft paper or canvas for storage. DO NOT wrap a rug in plastic. Craft paper allows the rug to “breathe” as well as allows any moisture build-up to escape. Plastic covering causing moisture build-up which could damage to the rug over time.
  9. Do not store rugs lying flat on the ground. Store the rug standing up off of the ground. This will help prevent moisture build up from the ground. Do not store anything on top of a stored rug. Boxes and other items can cause cracks and destroy a rug’s shape.
  10. Unroll a rug every 6-12 months during storage to make sure it is free of any damage.

Stop into any of the 6 Stop N Stor locations in Hinesville, Port Wentworth or Savannah  to see how our storage professionals can help you with find you the right rug or carpet storage solution.

 

 

Where to Store Holiday Gifts?

Storage for holiday shopping

The start to the holiday season is Thanksgiving, celebrated throughout the United States this Thursday. Thanksgiving was declared by Congress to be an annual holiday in 1827, but the day that it was celebrated on different days between September and November. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, with the insistence of the large and influential retail stores, proclaimed that Thanksgiving Day would be officially held the third Thursday in November. This was granted to lengthen the official holiday shopping season. Thanksgiving Day has been held on that day ever since as a day for families and friends to gather together for meals and giving thanks.

Thanksgiving signals the start of the “official” holiday shopping season. More stores are beginning to open up on Thanksgiving Day for shopping, but the traditional holiday shopping occurs on the day after Thanksgiving or “Black Friday”.  On average, over 135 Million people go shopping on Black Friday spending billions of dollars.  According to a National Retail Federation 2015 holiday prediction, the average American shopper plans on spending $805 dollars this holiday season for holiday gifts, decorations and hosting holiday parties. The average shopper plans to spend $463 on just family members this holiday season.

For many retailers, Black Friday is their busiest shopping day of the year!  Retail sales for this year is predicted to be over $630.5 billion. Cyber Monday has also become a big shopping day as online shopping is forecast to increase by up to 8% to $105 billion.

Storing Holiday Gifts in Self Storage

What does “Black Friday” or “Cyber Monday” have to do with self storage? Renting a self storage unit is a great solution for storing your holiday purchases. If you don’t have a lot of room in your home for storage or if you want to prevent “sneaky” family members from finding their surprise gifts, think about storing the items in a self storage unit.  Stop N Stor offers a variety of storage unit sizes from 5×5 to 10×30  for all of your storage needs.  A 5×5 storage unit, or the size of a closet, is a great place to store smaller packages and boxes, but if you need extra room for larger gifts or to set up a wrapping station for your gifts, then we can happily accommodate your needs with a larger storage unit size. Stop N Stor  also offers month-to-month rentals, which is perfect for storing your “Black Friday” deals for the holiday season.

A self storage unit is also a great place to store holiday decorations such as Christmas trees, lights, outdoor decorations and wreaths for both homeowners and businesses. Utilizing a self storage unit for holiday decorations will help eliminate the “after the holiday season clutter” in your home. Climate controlled storage units help keep artificial wreaths and Christmas trees looking fresh and ready for use in the future.  For retail stores, a self storage unit can be used as a secondary storage room for inventory, fixtures and equipment during the holiday season.

Stop N Stor facility offices will be closed on Thanksgiving Day so our employees can spend time with their loved ones. Customers can still access their storage units via the keypad gated-entry during the holiday.  Stop N Stor offices will re-open for regular hours on Friday, November 27th. Stop N Stor wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season!