Storage Buildings that Made History

Storage Buildings that Made History

Many Public Storage units are housed in prominent historic landmarks, and sometimes, as in our storage building on Lake Union in Seattle, they have pretty terrific views. This is where Henry Ford built one of his first regional assembly plants in 1913, moving Model T modules from Detroit, thorough his lines, and out to an eager public. The handsome Public Storage, 700 Fairview Avenue N, Seattle was architect designed with Neo-classic details. Now a historic landmark in a neighborhood that ha...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
August 15, 2014 at 6:02 PM
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A College Student Storage Customer Wows Us

A College Student Storage Customer Wows Us

Every Public Storage unit has a story to tell, but when we saw this photo on Instagram, we had to find the guy behind these fabulous, electric-colored boards that go so well, by the way, with our Public Storage orange. Meet Foster Engelmann, a 20-year-old student who drives a Jeep Patriot nicknamed “Goldiebox”, who rides skateboards to classes, and who first enrolled at Lawrence Technological University to learn how to design cars. Like many students, he put his stuff in storage t...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
July 31, 2014 at 10:55 AM
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Sell Your Home for Top Dollar with Expert Tips

Sell Your Home for Top Dollar with Expert Tips

The summer real estate season is heating up with the weather. If you are ready to make a move, you’ll need to think like a pro. We talked to top Realtor Sarah Rogers for her tips on how she sells homes for up to 30% over asking price in less than a month. “The process is about getting the most for your house in the shortest time possible,” she said. So far this year, it has taken an average of 56 days for a home to sell, according to statistics from the National Association of ...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
July 17, 2014 at 1:37 PM
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Historic Public Storage is Ready for Its Close-Up Again

Historic Public Storage is Ready for Its Close-Up Again

Like the silent film star portrayed in the movie Sunset Boulevard, a very special Public Storage building got a second chance at its movie “close-up” this week. Norma Desmond in that black-and-white classic only dreamed of her return to the silver screen, but our facility, an early movie studio near that iconic boulevard, really is slated for its comeback, this time on cable television. A film crew was on hand to capture its best side and narrate the history of the locale for a segme...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
June 6, 2014 at 6:09 PM
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Public Storage Cardboard Boxes are Green not Brown!

Public Storage Cardboard Boxes are Green not Brown!

You may not have thought twice about boxes except to quickly grab and pack them for a move or to get your gear into your self storage unit. But Pratt Industries, the company that supplies all Public Storage boxes and box kits, is of course a bit obsessed—about quality and also about the environment. The boxes we sell on our website and in our stores are the product of 100% recycled paper and cardboard from Pratt and its “green-collar” employees. Pratt uses paper and cardboard ...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
May 20, 2014 at 11:53 AM
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Public Storage Units are Warehouses for Top Companies

Public Storage Units are Warehouses for Top Companies

Self storage units aren’t just for college students and families. Some of the country’s most successful companies, large and small, rent Public Storage as an efficient way to warehouse products and raw materials that are at the core of their business. Lee Filters, a division of Panavision, has a space across from its office in Burbank California, where it stores an inventory of colored lighting used to quickly fill demand from dealers around the country. Their products add drama to f...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
April 18, 2014 at 4:49 PM
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Baseball Card Storage and Collecting

Baseball Card Storage and Collecting

If the opening of baseball season this month inspires you to start up or grow your baseball card collection, Public Storage is here to help, with tips on how collecting works and how you can safely store and organize your tiny treasures. We talked to the owner of a sports memorabilia shop who’s been selling cards since he was 12. Mike Sablow held on to his first pack for just a few hours, until he realized he could turn a profit on players someone else wanted. In fact, when people come th...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
April 9, 2014 at 12:34 PM
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Garage Sale Tips for Making Money

Garage Sale Tips for Making Money

Spring cleaning and organizing involve a certain amount of culling, shifting seasonal and other stuff to storage or just getting rid of it. It could be time for a garage sale! As everyone who’s ever hunted for treasures at estate, garage and yard sales knows, they are not all created equal. And not all of them draw crowds that will help your items sell. We at Public Storage are here to help with tips from Joyce Randall, who runs a website promoting the 690-mile “World’s Longest...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
March 26, 2014 at 4:26 PM
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Public Storage Facilities, Our Historic Landmarks

Public Storage Facilities, Our Historic Landmarks

Each of our company-owned Public Storage facilities is unique. Some were built just a few months ago. Others have a rich history as newly restored landmarks, such as our building at 3636 Beverly Boulevard in Los Angeles. With fine art deco detail, it is one of the best-looking self storage buildings in the country. When the 13-story marvel was opened in 1928 as American Storage, Calvin Coolidge was president, the Ford Model A car was still in production and prohibition was in full force. At that...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
March 3, 2014 at 12:23 PM
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Tips for Moving in Together - Suggestions for Newlyweds

Tips for Moving in Together - Suggestions for Newlyweds

We dedicate this February 14 to newlywed couples that choose Public Storage when they move in together. Many get a storage unit to deal with all that extra stuff: two couches, two toasters, two sets of dishes, but only room for one. Congrats, guys! We know this is a joyful time but that it can also be a challenging move. That’s why we turned to UCLA professor Thomas Bradbury, a clinical psychologist and co-founder of the university’s Relationship Institute for tips that can help coup...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
February 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM
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El Cholo Restaurant Guacamole Recipe

El Cholo Restaurant Guacamole Recipe

</> We scored El Cholo restaurant’s guacamole recipe in honor of Super Bowl Sunday and are willing to share with our Public Storage family. This stuff is so good, it’s guaranteed to make for an enjoyable showdown, no matter who wins! If you are from Southern California, like us, chances are you too have a favorite Mexican restaurant. Maybe it’s not 100% authentic. It’s probably not too fancy. But it is just the spot for birthdays, happy hours and some pretty great f...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
February 1, 2014 at 6:55 PM
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Kitchen Storage Ideas: 9 Photos

Kitchen Storage Ideas: 9 Photos

Ready for a little reorganization after the holidays? We’ve got storage ideas for your kitchen cabinets, pantry, shelves and drawers. Special thanks to Southern California resident Marilyn Conlan, who graciously opened her home for some real-world photos of a well-kept kitchen. She shared not only her remodeling and organizing experience but also decades of stories about family gatherings and high-energy group cooking she continues to host in this space. See above how to group like items s...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
January 17, 2014 at 2:13 PM
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Public Storage Rose Parade Float Video

Lifelong Pasadena-area resident George Garcia shot this video of our Public Storage Rose Parade float on his iPhone. For seven years, George has been in charge of maintaining the 1,400 roses at Pasadena City College, always paying special attention to those along Colorado Boulevard, where the Rose Parade passes every year. He finally got to attend the parade for the first time this year when a friend offered a free ticket. We love this video for the running commenta...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
January 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM
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Christmas Ornament Storage: Protect Your Heirlooms

Christmas Ornament Storage: Protect Your Heirlooms

Storing fragile glass Christmas ornaments isn’t complicated. But do it wrong and you could damage your favorite holiday heirlooms so that spots and peeling occur, like in the photos below. Often these days, our instinct is to put anything special in a plastic box before throwing it out of the house. We assume that will keep our stuff safe. But for fragile vintage ornaments and many other items, plastic is not a good idea because it can actually trap small amounts of existing moisture insi...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
January 1, 2014 at 2:27 PM
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Public Storage Float Photos: Behind the Scenes

Public Storage Float Photos: Behind the Scenes

Before the event, we hid the details of our Public Storage Rose Parade float so that it would be a special surprise on New Year's Day. We didn't want people to know that the spaceship would open up and our three "space" aliens would glide out to greet the crowd. Now that the parade is over, however, we can't wait tell you more about our Grand Marshal's Trophy prize winner and how it worked! First, you should know that there was a team of six people on board the float as it moved down the parade...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
December 31, 2013 at 8:51 PM
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