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Art Storage Tips
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The old adage says that “Art is in the Eye of the Beholder”. That is a very true statement! Many of us have artwork and family heirlooms in our home that have been passed down many generations or we have recently purchased artwork created by a friend or a favorite artist. Collecting artwork is an investment and you want to make that your investment is protected. If you do not have the space to display your artwork at home, then it needs to be stored properly at home in a storage facility. Artwork should be stored in a secured and climate controlled storage facility. This will give you peace of mind that your artwork is protected. Stop N Stor has climate controlled storage units at our Port Wentworth and Savannah locations. Our staff will help you with storage solutions for your family heirlooms and artwork.

In order to keep your artwork in the best condition, there are steps that need to be followed to protect the artwork while in storage:

1. Store the artwork in a climate controlled storage unit. A constant temperature and humidity level will help protect the artwork from damage that can be caused by moisture build-up from high humidity.

2. Do NOT store artwork near open vents or near open doors. Direct sunlight can damage some types of artwork causing it to fade.

3. Storage canvas artwork upright and off the ground. Place the canvases on wooden pallets or vertically on shelving units.

4. Do NOT store piece of artwork flat. The artwork can warp if stored flat. You could also mistakenly store something heavy or sharp on the artwork, which will cause major damage.

5. If you are storing multiple pieces of canvas artwork, store tem with the largest piece leaning against the wall of the storage unit. Then, place the smaller pieces in front in descending size order. For extra protection, place a piece of cardboard in-between each piece of artwork.

6. For storage, wrap framed or canvas artwork in sheets or place the artwork in a cardboard box.

7. Do NOT store artwork in plastic wrapping or bubble wrap as this can cause moisture to be trapped inside the plastic damaging the art. Also, do not store artwork in newspaper. The print could rub off onto the artwork. This is especially true for sculptures.

8. Sculptures should be stored carefully on a flat surface. Do NOT lean sculptures against the wall or a door. Keep the sculptures towards the back of the storage unit, out-of-the-way of walking traffic.

9. Keep an inventory of the artwork that is stored. This is a good reference tool for insurance purposes.

Savannah Film Festival

Trustee Theater-Home of the Savannah Film Fest
Trustee Theater is one of the homes of the Savannah Film Festival. Photo courtesy of www.filmfest.scad.edu.

We have mentioned that Savannah has quite a lot of festivals throughout the year celebrating different cultures, foods and holidays. Every October, the best and brightest in filmmaking come to Savannah to be part of the Savannah Film Festival. This is the 15th year for the festival, which is hosted by Savannah College of Art & Design. The festival opened on October 27th and runs through November 3rd.

The Savannah Film Festival welcomes 40,000 people over the seven day festival to the city of Savannah. There are competition film screenings, special screenings (such as previews of new movies), workshops, panel and lectures. The festival honors professional and amateur filmmakers from around the world. There is even an “Audience Choice Award” where the public can vote on their choice of favorites for documentaries, shorts and feature films.

Each year, the festival honors a group of actors and actresses and the work that they have done or are currently doing. Past honorees include Liam Neeson, Sir Ian McKellan, Oliver Stone, Ray Liotta, James Marsden, Ellen Barkin, and Woody Harrleson to just name a few. This year’s honorees are John Goodman, Stan Lee, Matt Dillon, Diane Lane, Michele Monaghan and Geoffrey Fletcher.

The majority of the screenings during the film festival are held at two theaters in downtown Savannah: The Lucas Theater and the Trustees Theater. Both of the theaters are iconic parts of downtown Savannah. You can still purchase tickets and special passes for events and movie screenings for the film festival online. Get out and enjoy this great festival. You never know who you might run into at a screening!

2012 Fashion’s Night Out in Savannah

Fashion's Night Out Savannah
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It is time to get your fashion on again in Savannah! Tomorrow is Fashion’s Night Out in Savannah. Fashion’s Night Out, which is in its second year in Savannah, is a worldwide event. Retailers, designers and fashion houses showcase their latest designs in such countries as the US, Italy, India, Japan, Australia, Germany and the UK and many more. There were over 4,500 participating events in cities across the United States along for last year’s festivities! Fashion’s Night Out, founded 4 years ago in NYC, celebrates music, art and high-end fashion. There are limited edition products and special sales created specifically for this one day event and you can even get a chance to speak to the fashion designers.

Savannah is once again participating in the Fashion’s Night Out event. Over 4,000 people visited the event for 2011. Broughton Street in downtown Savannah will be shut down between Montgomery and Drayton Streets for the event. This creates a pedestrian walk-way for shoppers and participating retailers. The event starts at 6pm and lasts until 11pm. There will be 2 fashion runway shows at each end of Broughton Street to encourage the participants to walk the entire street and see all of the participating retailers. There are 26 retailers for young and old participating in the event this year.  The majority of them are locally based retailer on or near Broughton Street. Retailers include: Arc, Bluebell Boutique, Copper Penny, Colorbox Salon, Fab’rik, Haberdashery, J Paige, Satchel, Sara Jane Children’s and Terra Cotta Boutique just to name a few.  National chains such as Coldwater Creek, Claire’s and The Gap are also participating in the event.

The event has both national and local sponsors. National sponsors include QVC, VW and Maybelline. Local sponsors include South Magazine , Connect Savannah , Rise Model Management  and City of Savannah. Fashion’s Night Out Savannah has a Facebook page  and Twitter Page. Check out these pages for the latest up-to-date information on the event.

Head down to Broughton Street Thursday night and see what fashion has to offer Savannah! Step out and support your local retail shops and businesses!

Savannah and Port Wentworth Auction Day

Storage Auction
What treasures could be in the storage unit? Photo courtesy of sparefoot.com.

Stop N Stor  held a storage auction this past Saturday, August 4, 2012 at our Savannah and Port Wentworth locations. The weather turned out to be great for a storage auction!  The event started at 9am at our Savannah location. Once bidding was done on the 12 units at this location, the proceedings moved to our Port Wentworth facility. There were 9 units auctioned off at this location. Our auctioneer, Terry, led the bidding festivities. Thanks to everyone that come out to place bids on the storage units that were up for auction. We had a good crowd for this auction with lots of people interested to see what storage auctions are all about! Thanks also to the staff at our facilities that were there to answer questions and help with the auction.

Keep up with the latest information on storage auctions for Stop N Stor via our Facebook Page , Twitter Page  and this blog! We look forward to more storage auction events in the future.

Storage Auction Time for Port Wentworth and Savannah!

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Storage Wars  recently launched their 3rd season of shows. This “reality” show depicts a group of different business owners who go to storage auctions to either find the “big treasure” or to purchase items for their businesses. The bidding can get quite competitive between the stars of the show. However, there have been some rumblings online that this show and others like it are not really showing what happens at a storage auction. The show’s producers films hours of material at different storage auctions in order to edit it down to 22 or 48 minutes for a television show. The material is edited down to be “TV ready”, which means that they make it exciting for the viewers. This might not show all of the aspects of a typical storage unit auction. Even though most storage units that are up for auction might not have any hidden treasures or big finds in them, there are still quite a few storage auction participants who still want to take the chance to find rare coins, rare comic books or other valuable items.  Most of the storage auctions reality shows focus on the people looking for the big treasures. Big surprises and finds can happen during a storage auction! Just last November, a pirate’s treasure worth over $500,000 was found in a storage unit.

A self storage facility has storage auctions to recoup some of the lost revenue when a tenant becomes past due on their rent. According to state laws, the management of the storage facility attempts to contact the defaulted customer multiple times before the unit actually goes up for auction. In most cases, the renter can even pay their rent in full up until the time of the auction. Auction participants can only bid up to the amount owed on the storage unit. The storage owners, per state laws, cannot make a profit on the auction. If the bids are lower than the actual amount owed on the storage unit, the storage facility loses money.

Stop N Stor participates in storage auctions for their Georgia locations. On Saturday, August 4th, Stop N Stor will be having a storage auction at our Port Wentworth  and Savannah locations. The festivities kick off at 9am at our Savannah location at 5725 Ogeechee Rd . Once the units have been auctioned at this facility, the auction moves to our Port Wentworth location at 315 Georgia Hwy. Our auctioneer, Terry will be there to facilitate the auction proceedings. Stop N Stor’s management team will also be present to help with the event and to answer questions. Just as a reminder, the auction is an open bid process. The participants will receive a few minutes to see the contents of the storage unit before the actual bidding starts. The auction is cash only. It is important to bring a few items with you when you attend a storage unit auction: cash, gloves, a flashlight and a way to transport the items in the storage unit that you just bought. The storage unit needs to be cleaned out 48 hours after the storage auction.

Stay tuned to Stop N Stor’s Facebook  and Twitter Pages for future auction information. See you at the auction!

Self Storage and Home Staging

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Selling a home in today’s housing market can be quite a challenge. It is a buyer’s market, which makes selling a home very competitive! What can you do to make your home shine amongst the other homes that are up for sale in your neighborhood? One key factor in helping your home sell faster is to stage your home for selling. This has become quite popular for realtors and interior designers. Staging a home means re-decorating and de-cluttering your home to make it appealing to as many potential buyers as possible. Most new home buyers are looking for homes online before even setting foot into the actual house.  Having great photos taken of your home is now a must when you sell your home. This is part of an entire marketing campaign created to sell your home. Staging the home for selling is the beginning part of the marketing plan, but it is the most important.

In order to make your home look as appealing as possible, many realtors are recommending staging the home to their clients. There are professional design companies that will work with homeowners and real estate companies to prepare the home for sale. The professionals can look at your home in an objective manner and come up with a plan of action to get the home ready to sell. If you have ever seen HGTV’s  Designed to Sell , then you have seen home staging in action. Staging a home involves making the home attractive to many different types of buyers. This can involve doing some basic remodeling and fixing of broken items in the home. The wall, linens and drapery colors should be neutral so the potential buyers can envision themselves and their belongings in the home. All personal items such as family photos, collectibles and artwork need to be removed and replaced with neutral artwork or mirrors. Some furniture could be moved out and temporarily replaced with newer furniture for the staging.  The designers could transform an office into a child’s bedroom or vice versa just for home staging purposes.

If you are staging or even just prepping your home for sale, what do you do with all of your extra belongings?  This is where self storage has begun to play a vital role in the moving process. Staging companies and realtors are renting self storage units in order to place a client’s extra belongings during the sale of a home. Stop N Stor  offers month-to-month rentals that are perfect for someone in the process of selling a home in the Savannah, Port Wentworth or Hinesville areas.

If you decide to stage your home without the help of a professional designer, here are a few tips to help you with the process:

1. Paint the wall of your home a neutral color in all rooms. You want to make the home as relaxing, cheery and comfortable as possible.

2. Remove all personal items in the room and de-clutter as much as possible.

3. Organize and de-clutter the kitchen. Leave the counter spaces clear except for 1 appliance. Organize the cabinets and clean out any older items.

4. Make repairs on broken tile, glass, flooring, and cracks in walls.

5. Empty and clean out the garage. The garage should only have 1-2 cars in it during the home showing.

6. Don’t forget to make the front of the house appealing. Trim bushes or trees, paint if needed and fix outdoor lighting.

7. Remove any pet items from the home. A potential buyer could be allergic to pets. Seeing pet items could be a deterrent in purchasing the home.

Selling a home and the whole process of moving can be a very stressful time. If you stage a home properly, you will have a jump-start to your packing for moving! Staging a home to sell can be very rewarding to the home seller. Staging a home could help increase the value of the home and helps sell the home at least 50% quicker!

Moving Tips

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Moving is an extremely stressful life event. Everyone moves at least one in their lifetime. There are some people who move multiple times in their life! Even if you are just moving across town, even thinking about everything that you need to do before your move date is quite a hassle! The best thing to do is come up with a plan and start organizing your move well ahead of time. There are many websites that offer moving checklists  that will come in handy as you plan your move.

The best time to start planning is at least 6 to 8 weeks ahead of your move. Start researching moving companies at this time. It is good to get several estimates from moving companies. The estimates will be based on the number of items to be packed or moved, the travel time and the mileage between the two homes. Once you have booked your moving company or decided to rent your own moving truck, set up a plan for your moving day. Make sure that the professionals or your friends know your plans for moving day way before the actual day. This is also a good time to start to contact utility companies to shut off and/or turn on your new phone, gas, electricity, water, internet and cable services. If you have children, start researching the schools in the new neighborhoods, so you will be able to register your children in a timely fashion.

One month from your move, you should contact your local Post Office to change your address. Also, notify your insurance and credit card companies of your address change. At this point in the moving process, it is time to start your packing. Moving is a perfect time to go through and de-clutter your home. Go room by room as you pack your belongings and create a sorting system comprised of boxes for: keeping (or moving), placing items in storage, donating or selling items (setting up for a garage sale) or throwing away. List the items in the boxes to be moved or stored on the outside of the box. Label the boxes by their room. Also, label the boxes “fragile”, “load first” or “load last”. This will help instruct the movers on moving day where to put the boxes. Keep an inventory list of the items that you are moving, especially the larger priced items such as computers and televisions. During this time, it is also good to decide if you need to rent a storage unit. The location of the storage unit is key if you will need to take items from the unit. If you are in the Savannah, Port Wentworth or Hinesville, Georgia areas, contact your local Stop N Stor  for all of your storage needs!

During the week of your move, verify the details of your moving day with your moving company, family and friends. Empty, clean and defrost your refrigerator at least a day before moving out. Decide which boxes you will be moving yourself and keep them separate from the ones that the mover will be taking. Also, pack a separate box with things that you will need immediately at your new home.

The day of the move is here and you have planned and fretted about the move for weeks! Don’t forget to check the closets, basement, attic and the garage to make sure that you have packed or removed all your items. Watch the moving and loading process and verify boxes against your inventory list. Before you leave, make sure to clean the floors, counters and cabinets. Inspect your old home for any last minute things that you might have forgotten. As you leave, turn off the lights and lock the windows and the doors. As you are moving items into your new home, make sure there are not any damaged or missing items. Keep a list of anything that is missing and present this to your moving company for possible insurance claims. Verify that your utilities are connected correctly and are in working order. As you are getting settled, check out your neighborhood for local hospitals, grocery stores and shopping malls. Check your mail to make sure that it has been forwarded to the correct address. Also, change the locks on your new home and keep at least 2 sets of keys. If you are moving items into a storage unit on your moving day, make sure that you keep an inventory of the items that you are storing. Put the items that you might need to access the most closer to the front of the storage unit. Once you have moved in and started to unpack, then take a deep breath and enjoy your new home!

Tybee Island

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Just 18 miles away from Savannah is Tybee Island. This city is on a barrier island rich in history and natural beauty. Tybee Island is a vacation destination for visitors around the globe. Tybee Island has always been a part of Savannah. In fact, in the past, it used to be called “Savannah’s Beach”. The Native Americans who inhabited the island called it Tybee, which means “salt”. Tybee Island has a long history and has been inhabited nearly as long as the city of Savannah. The island is a great strategic point at the end of the Savannah River. It has played a major defensive role during the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and The Civil War. During the late 19th century, Tybee Island became a resort destination for Savannah residents. They escaped the heat of the city during the summer to enjoy the cooler ocean breezes. Today, Tybee Island is home to nearly 3,000 year round residents and thousands of people who come to visit every day.

There are many things to do on Tybee Island from relaxing on the beach, fishing, enjoying food and entertainment to visiting historical landmarks and learning about nature. One of the oldest buildings on the island is the Tybee Lighthouse .  It was originally built on the same site in 1736 to help sailors navigate to the Savannah River. The structure that still stands today comes from a foundation of a building in 1773. The top portion of the lighthouse was added in 1867. It’s light station and outer buildings are historically protected and are a very popular site for visitors and locals. Another popular destination is the Tybee Pier and Pavilion where you can do everything from fishing to people watching to attending large parties. The pier and pavilion are central to most Tybee Island activities. Fort Screven historical district is also on the island. You can see the remains of a Revolutionary War fort or visit the Tybee Museum at the Battery Garland.

Tybee Island is a nature’s lover’s dream. There are miles of reserved wildlife areas to hike, bike or canoe through. The island is a nesting area for sea turtles from May 1 to October 31st every year. The Tybee Marine Science Center helps protect Georgia’s natural resources through education, conservation and research. Tybee Island has 3 miles of uninterrupted public beach for great relaxation purposes. The other side of the island is full of salt marshes and lots of birds and native Georgian wildlife.

There are over 25 different restaurants on Tybee Island ranging from higher end dining establishments to beach bars. There are many different types of places to stay while you are on the island as well from Inns and Bed and Breakfasts to hotels and resorts to renting out vacation homes. After you have visited historical Savannah, take some time to enjoy the sun, the beach and the natural beauty of Tybee Island.

Take the time to remember our Military Heroes and their families!

Stop N Stor is a proud supporter of our military
Stop N Stor offers a 10% military discount!

This weekend we celebrate the men & women of our military who serve to protect and honor our country. We also have remembrances for those military men & women who have given their lives to protect and serve the United States through the Revolutionary War to Enduring Freedom. There are different events in cities around the United States and specifically around the Savannah area this weekend to celebrate our military heroes. Check your local paper for information on events in your town.

Savannah’s Historic River Street is hosting the Armed Forces Festival along River Street in downtown Savannah this weekend. This festival will feature local & regional artists, live musicians, DJs, great food & more! The proceeds from the event go to benefit the Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation . Savannah has many historical forts around the city and surrounding areas. There will be ceremonies celebrating our historical military heroes at Fort Morris  and Fort McAllister State Historical Park . Vietnam Veterans of American are holding a Memorial Candle Light Ceremony at 6:30pm on Sunday, May 27th at Emmet Park. On Memorial Day, May 28th, there will be a ceremony at the Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery with members of the Glenville Veterans of Foreign Wars/American Legion and Fort Stewart 3rd Infantry Division. The ceremony starts at 11am.

National parks and museums across the country are showing their support of our military and their families this summer. Military families can have free access to any national part annual pass. This is worth over $80 and can give entry into over 2,000 national parks. Also this summer, 1600 museums across the United States will give free access to active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day thru Labor Day. This includes art museums, such as New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, nature centers, children museums, science centers and history museums. This is another great way to show support for our military and their families.

This weekend as we celebrate our military heroes, take a moment to think about the family and spouses of our current serving military. Stop N Stor is very proud to support Enlisted Angels. This group, based in Fort Stewart, Georgia, is for any Army wife. The main goal of this organization is to empower and support military wives with helpful advice, information and an understanding ear. Stop N Stor facility manager, Asja Turner, is a proud Army wife and a member of this group. Asja says that “only another military wife can truly understand the particular struggles and triumphs that comes with being married to a soldier serving his county.” The group meets once a week in the main chapel at Fort Stewart for programs that encourage and strengthen core military values and in all aspects of life.  During softball season, the group doubles as a softball team, too! Enlisted Angels was created in April, 2011 and is continuing to gain support, members and recognition. Bonnie Day, the president of the organization hopes to expand the group to other Army bases. Giving support to the families of the military is so important. Stop N Stor is very happy to be actively supporting Enlisted Angels and Wounded Warrior Outdoors.

Happy Memorial Day to all of our friends and family who are current members of the military! Thanks also go out to our family and friends who have served to protect the United States in past times.

College Students & Self Storage

College students and self storage
What to do with all my college stuff? Photo courtesy of usselfstoragelocator.com

May is a busy month for celebrations: Mother’s Day, Memorial Day and the end of the school year for college students. We’ve mentioned this before,  but self storage is a great option for college students going home for the summer or recent graduates who are not quite sure where the future will be taking them.

Each spring the college student has to pack up their dorm room or apartment. Over the course of the school year, the student has accumulated more and more “stuff”. Instead of packing items to go back home to take up space in a basement or garage; think about renting a self storage unit for the summer break. Most self storage facilities will offer month-to-month rentals that are perfect for college students in transition. Storing your personal belongings in a self storage unit gives you piece of mind that your belongings are safe and secure and ready to be used again when school starts up in the fall. In some cases, storing the items in self storage could be a much better solution for the student if they don’t have a way to transport their belongings back and forth from home to school.  If you look at the flip side, your parents might have turned your room into an office while you were away at school, leaving you only a small space to put your belongings. Your parents might need self storage as well. They need some place to put all of your old trophies, posters, toys and stuffed animals.

If you are a recent or soon-to-be college graduate:  Congratulations! The time right after graduation is a time of transition. If you are moving to a new city to start your first new job, it might be easier to store your items in a storage unit until you are able to find proper housing. Or you could have found a place to live, but it is not big enough to hold all of the items that you have accumulated over your college years. Self storage is a great option to store all of these extra items that won’t fit into your new studio apartment in the city. If you are moving home after college, you will need to share space in your old bedroom that your parents now turned into an office. You will find that you don’t have room for all of the items that you once had in your apartment.  Once again, renting a self storage unit would be the best option to safely store your items.

Stop N Stor  is your self storage option in the Savannah, Hinesville and Port Wentworth areas. Stop in and look for our monthly specials to help you find the best storage solution for your personal belongings during your summer break or even all year long.