Rockin’ Guitar Care Tips from the Dealer to the Stars

Rockin’ Guitar Care Tips from the Dealer to the Stars

Guitars are like potato chips. You can’t have just one. The longer you play, the harder it can be to resist the variety of styles out there, from acoustic to electric, and the different sounds and tones each makes. But do you know how to store and care for your collection, from your first to the most precious? We could think of no better person to turn to for advice than Norman Harris of Norman’s Rare Guitars in Tarzana, Calif., where he’s been “selling the world’s ...
Posted by: Kastle Waserman
May 4, 2015 at 6:00 AM
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Parisian-inspired Treasures at the Little French Flea Market

Parisian-inspired Treasures at the Little French Flea Market

Along a row of nondescript warehouses in Chatsworth, California, a simple door opens into another world of French country style. A narrow path winds through this showroom stacked high and low with whimsical décor accessories such as a turquoise blue dresser, a vintage birdcage, a vase shaped like the Eiffel Tower, an old toolbox painted a dainty shade of pink, each beckoning to bring a little bit of Parisian-inspired charm into your home.   At the helm is owner Ann Sayre, who caters ...
Posted by: Kastle Waserman
April 27, 2015 at 11:33 AM
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How to Shop Estate Sales

How to Shop Estate Sales

The minute you step into an estate sale, you get an idea of someone’s life – the little collections they must have loved, their taste in furniture. Then you see it, that perfect piece to add to your own home. It’s in good shape and a great price. You can’t turn your back on it for a second or it will be snatched up by another buyer.  It’s the thrill of the hunt and it’s what makes estate sales such an exciting prospect for those seeking unique items, coll...
Posted by: Kastle Waserman
April 16, 2015 at 2:55 PM
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Vintage Toy Collecting Tips to Relive Your Childhood

Vintage Toy Collecting Tips to Relive Your Childhood

As a kid, you loved your toys. You took them everywhere and knocked them around, then as an adult you see them on eBay or in an antique store. “Hey, I had that!” you squeal and suddenly they are collector’s items. Now you want to either keep what you have left or buy them back. You’ve gone from kid to collector. Collecting toys can revive a wealth of memories and in a few cases, slip some extra dollars in your pocket. One place that often echoes with the sounds of, &ldquo...
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April 9, 2015 at 6:00 AM
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Save Money Working with Movers

Save Money Working with Movers

Just because you hired movers to do the heavy lifting into your new home doesn’t mean you should now sit back and put your feet up. Give yourself a quick pat on the back and then plan on doing some legwork to ensure your move goes smoothly and to save critical time and money, since movers charge by the hour. We partnered with Scott Quist of REAL RocknRoll Movers to put together some tips to help you prepare. Scott offered his expert advice based on the many challenges his team has encounte...
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April 2, 2015 at 4:37 PM
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Organize Your Home to Go Green

Organize Your Home to Go Green

You may not realize it, but organizing your home can be a great way to go green with very little effort, and without the need for higher-priced “eco” products. Pro organizer and friend Nonnahs Driskill shares her environmentally friendly tips to actually save you money along the way, just in time for Earth Day, April 22! Shift Everyday Habits Try some simple changes to your daily routine to make a big impact, suggest Nonnahs of Get Organized Already. For example, eliminate the clutte...
Posted by: Kastle Waserman
March 27, 2015 at 9:15 AM
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Smart Home Office Organization Tips

Smart Home Office Organization Tips

If a clear space makes for a clear mind, why not make sure your home office is organized for efficiency—so you can have more free time away from work. To start, first make sure you have the basics down: adequate lighting, a desk that’s large enough to spread out comfortably and room for storage, whether your “office” is in a dedicated room or a corner of another area of the house. So say our friends at the Container Store, who also shared savvy tips for specific office ch...
Posted by: Kastle Waserman
March 16, 2015 at 10:25 AM
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Move with the Company that Rocks!

Move with the Company that Rocks!

They have a big, black truck that means business. Inside are men who are used to moving big, heavy objects around tight hallways, packing up a house full of stuff in a jiffy, and oh yeah, performing for screaming crowds of adoring fans. They are REAL RocknRoll Movers, a moving company in Los Angeles that really ROCKS! Founded in 2006 by drummer Scott Quist, REAL RocknRoll Movers came about when Scott returned from a tour with his band and needed some extra cash. He partnered with a friend on mov...
Posted by: Kastle Waserman
March 12, 2015 at 11:50 AM
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How to Store a Comic Book Collection Like a Superhero

How to Store a Comic Book Collection Like a Superhero

You don’t have to have superhuman strength or x-ray vision to appreciate comic books and to yearn to collect and preserve the graphic stories of childhood and beyond. But there are some simple steps every fan should take to store a comic book collection—to ensure it retains its value and can be enjoyed by the next generation. Whether obsessed with everything Wonder Woman for years or inspired more recently by movies to start collecting Iron Man, our tips from comic-store owners will ...
Posted by: Kastle Waserman
February 27, 2015 at 11:17 AM
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How to Keep Your Pet Supplies Organized

How to Keep Your Pet Supplies Organized

We often think of organizing for our closets, paperwork and kid’s toys. But what about for our pets? If you look around the house, your furry friends have an awful lot of belongings – there are leashes for walking, bulk purchases of food, toys, grooming supplies, vitamins and medicines, and for some, the occasional outfit. Often these items are scattered in various areas of the house, tucked in cabinets with no thought to it. But adding a little organization will help you find what y...
Posted by: Kastle Waserman
February 19, 2015 at 11:00 AM
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Find Your Next Apartment with Hunting Tips from a Pro

Find Your Next Apartment with Hunting Tips from a Pro

As with any lifestyle reboot, searching for the perfect apartment can be exciting, but you’ll also need to be practical to ensure your new pad is a home sweet home for the duration of your lease, and that your move is a success. Of course there is plenty to consider.  Beyond information about the unit you’d be renting, you’ll want to know how the property is maintained, the community’s rules and the fit of the neighborhood. So before you head out, think ahead and con...
Posted by: Kastle Waserman
February 14, 2015 at 7:00 AM
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Coin Collection Storage Tips to Preserve Your Investment

Coin Collection Storage Tips to Preserve Your Investment

Maybe it started with a coin your grandfather gave you, a shiny gold disc you knew was worth a little something. Then it grew into more shiny coins, each with a history, sentimental value and potentially, real investment value. No doubt you want to keep these special coins in pristine condition. So how to do you protect the value of your coin collection while you keep it in storage? We asked Shaun DuBois, numismatic (or “coins”) director at Pacific Coast Coin and Collateral to share...
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February 13, 2015 at 11:01 AM
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Closet Organization and Design Tips fit for the Stars

Closet Organization and Design Tips fit for the Stars

If the extent of your closet design entails a simple walk-in with mismatched hangars, scuffed walls and a bulb that lights up with the pull of a string, you clearly have not worked with celebrity closet expert Melanie Charlton. Over the years, star clients have turned to the founder of Clos-ette for advice on storing some of the most impressive high-end designer wardrobes in the country. Her dream dressing rooms feature custom furnishings and mood lighting, and as you might imagine, customers ha...
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February 6, 2015 at 6:00 AM
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Pet Relocation: Moving Spot without Getting Bit

Pet Relocation: Moving Spot without Getting Bit

Moving a pet household a long distance can mean a truckload of logistical worries. Your pets may or may not be used to traveling anywhere outside the home, let alone a long distance, and then there are the paperwork requirements for bringing an animal into your new state or country. To help busy and confused owners, companies have even sprung up offering everything from a few tips to full door-to-door transport. Cassandra Luppens is the owner of Pet Relocator, a professional relocation service f...
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February 4, 2015 at 10:20 AM
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How Storage Auctions Work

How Storage Auctions Work

Self-storage auctions have gotten a lot of attention lately on the TV show “Storage Wars”. Though most self-storage companies have never participated in that show, many (if not all), do host auctions throughout the year.    Self-storage companies sell the contents of customers’ spaces to recoup losses only after the customer has failed to pay rent multiple months in a row and has not responded to several formal requests for payment in writing and by phone.  ...
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January 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM
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