Thanksgiving is a day for us to gather with friends and family and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. The first Thanksgiving is said to have lasted for three days, and took place sometime between September 21st and November 9, 1621. The first national celebration of Thanksgiving took place in 1775, to celebrate the win at Saratoga during the American Revolution. Thanksgiving was declared an annual holiday in 1827. In 1939, President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaimed that Thanksgiving would be officially held the third Thursday in November to lengthen the holiday shopping season. Because of the Thanksgiving is also a day to start thinking about your holiday shopping plans. More stores are beginning to open up on Thanksgiving Day for shopping, but most of the shopping occurs on the day after Thanksgiving. Black Friday is the “official” kick-off to the Christmas shopping season. 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! We have all been inundated with commercials and news stories for the big deals for electronics, computers and other special items on Black Friday. Folks start camping out a few weeks early at stores such as Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Target to be the first to get the specially priced items.
Once you have purchased the Black Friday gifts, where are you going to store them to keep them away from “prying” eyes and save the gifts for the surprise of Christmas morning? If you are trying to a more of a “secret” Santa, you will need a place to store the larger items that you picked up on Friday, until they are ready to be wrapped and put under the Christmas tree. 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 storage units in a variety of sizes for your holiday storage needs at a month-by-month rate. You can get smaller units just for your presents or even rent a larger storage unit where you can set up a wrapping station for the gifts that you don’t want your family to know about until Christmas Day.
Self Storage for Businesses for the Holidays
For retail businesses, November and December are usually the busiest time of the year. Stores have an abundance of inventory and no place to store the items in their stores. Self storage is a perfect solution for storing excess inventory during the holiday season. The self storage unit can be used as a secondary storage room for your business and will allow you to know that your items are safe and secure until you need them. You can add shelving in your storage unit for additional organization of your goods. Choose a self storage unit that is close to your store location for easier access to your items, so you can restock your store when needed.
Self Storage for Holiday Decorations
The holiday season adds more clutter to your home and business. If you do not have room to store holiday decorations in your home, rent a storage unit to place the Christmas lawn decorations, wreaths, Christmas tree and other decorations during the rest of the year. Storing the seasonal items in a storage unit will help reduce the clutter in your home. You can keep the items in your storage unit until you need them again next season. Plus, you can rotate the seasonal items more easily in a storage unit. At the end of the summer, place the summer items toward the back of your storage unit and move your winter holiday decorations to the front for easier access. From storing Black Friday gifts to holiday decorations that are only used once a year, self storage is a great storage solution.
It’s the day after Thanksgiving. You’ve watched the parades, cheered for your favorite football team, had great food and had quality time with friends and family. Now what do you do? Go shopping of course! Black Friday, or the Friday after Thanksgiving, is the “official” kick-off to the Christmas shopping season. An average of 135 million people go shopping on Black Friday spending billions of dollars. Black Friday has been considered the busiest shopping day of the year for many retailers.
The term Black Friday actually was started by policemen in Philadelphia in 1966 to describe the crowd of shoppers that took over Philadelphia’s city center on the day after Thanksgiving. The name wasn’t really adopted by the media and retailers until the 1980’s. In the 1980’s, economists helped revive the term to say that retail stores don’t go “in the black” in profits until the start of the Christmas shopping season. Today, Black Friday is seen as a day to get incredible bargains on electronics, toys and clothing. There are many websites set up just to let shoppers know the big sales at the stores. In the past 10 years, Cyber Monday has become a popular and busy day to shop. This is for people who didn’t venture out to the stores during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. They can shop for specific deals online.
How does Black Friday tie in with the self-storage industry? Actually, renting a self-storage unit for all of your Black Friday purchases is a great idea. A storage unit is perfect place to “hide” holiday presents from “snooping” family members. Renting a storage unit is a good place to store your holiday decorations such as Christmas trees, ornaments, lights and wreathes throughout the rest of the year. This way, the items do not clutter up your home. So, after you have hit the mall or shopped at your favorite shop (Don’t forget to shop locally!), think about reserving a storage unit to store your purchased items in a safe and secure environment! Stop n Stor wishes everyone Happy Shopping!