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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How to Wear and Care for Vintage Fashion

How to Wear and Care for Vintage Fashion

Ring in the new year in a vintage gown like a glamorous star of the silver screen, and join celebrities like Julia Roberts and Chloë Sevigny, who are admired for wearing looks from the past on the red carpet. They know no one else will show up in the same thing and that vintage fashion is often made of unique and beautiful materials with quality craftsmanship. Vintage evening wear can often be found for a more affordable price than purchasing new. Guest blogger Jill Morena cares for and exhibit...
Posted by: Public Storage
December 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM
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How to Adopt a Dog That’s Right for Your Space

How to Adopt a Dog That’s Right for Your Space

There may be no greater gift for your family, or for an animal, than to bring home a pet for the holidays, but you should consider planning ahead to organize your living space before you adopt a dog so that your gift is a success. Also be sure that you’re choosing a pet that fits your household. Of course it is important to consider the size of your space and your lifestyle before you select one. If you know the breed, or consult with a vet, you should be able to tell how large the animal ...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
December 19, 2013 at 6:00 PM
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Public Storage's Rose Parade Float is a Labor of Love

Public Storage's Rose Parade Float is a Labor of Love

Most people who watch the Rose Parade have no idea of the work that goes into all that New Year's Day fun. There's welded steel holding up millions of pretty flowers, and there are months, sometimes years of planning on the part of a handful of float builders. In just two short weeks, Public Storage will proudly show off three fun−loving “space” aliens on our first float. But the project really began way back in January as all floats do, with a creative idea, a drawin...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
December 18, 2013 at 5:18 PM
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Storing and Caring for Vintage Cameras and Equipment

Storing and Caring for Vintage Cameras and Equipment

You can tell an old–school camera aficionado by the way he stores his lenses (upright, with the front and rear lens caps on), said Fred Silvers, general manager of Bel Air Camera, an L.A. institution since 1957. Fred has been collecting and caring for vintage cameras for decades and remembers how difficult it was to get a good shot back in the day, before automatic settings, camera phones and portable equipment. "It took knowledge and expertise; It’s an art form," said Fred, who host...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
November 27, 2013 at 3:12 PM
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How to Brine and Carve a Thanksgiving Turkey

How to Brine and Carve a Thanksgiving Turkey

Preparing a turkey is an important Thanksgiving holiday event. You’re facing family, maybe even your in‐laws, and you want to impress. Well, we at Public Storage have got you covered, thanks to expert turkey recipe and carving tips from our pal Richard Hanna, a lead chef instructor at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts near Los Angeles. If you’re using a frozen turkey, start thawing it in the fridge now and leave it in for two days, depending on its size. Then brine the th...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
November 19, 2013 at 10:42 PM
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Celebrating Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights!

Celebrating Diwali, the Indian Festival of Lights!

Like every year at this time, today I’m thinking back to the sweet scent of jasmine and rose petals, the look of vibrant traditional attire, and the sound of friends and family laughing over sweet and savory treats. I’ve worked at Public Storage in California for 24 years, but today I’m reminiscing of my years in Mumbai and the Diwali season that starts today. Everyone celebrates the five-day “festival of lights” with candles and fireworks. It’s just one big block party, and it’s my favorite hol...
Posted by: Seema Kacker
November 1, 2013 at 9:44 AM
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How to Get Rid of Clutter

How to Get Rid of Clutter

Cory Chalmers has tips that can help you clear clutter from your home. After all, he was involved in creating the TV show Hoarders and was featured in dozens of episodes, talking people out of their extreme messy habits in front of the camera. “A lot of hoarders see use in everything. An old mayonnaise jar is a new storage container,” said Cory, a retired paramedic and fire captain who has been helping hoarders clean up for 18 years through his company Steri-Clean. Often he finds peo...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
October 25, 2013 at 4:08 PM
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How to Plan the Ultimate Tailgating Party

How to Plan the Ultimate Tailgating Party

People choose self storage when they're going through some sort of change, whether relocating to a smaller house, remodeling or just decluttering. Even a change in seasons can inspire a trip to a storage unit. If it's fall, it must be time to store personal watercraft, pull out the pigskin and start watching football! We're celebrating this connection between storage and sports seasons with help from guest blogger Sydney Fong and her tips on throwing the perfect tailgating party. Syd...
Posted by: Public Storage
October 16, 2013 at 4:13 PM
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Planning a Good Fall Work Wardrobe

Planning a Good Fall Work Wardrobe

With the change in seasons forcing a wardrobe shift even before the first chill of autumn, it can be tempting to adopt the latest trends from September fashion magazines for the office. Don’t be the co-worker, however, who assembles a work wardrobe so out of sync that it raises the eyebrows of the company HR director.  Angela Williams often sees people wearing work clothes so inappropriate for a company’s culture, their outfits could be hurting their careers. She regularly offer...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
August 30, 2013 at 12:00 PM
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Fourth of July Barbecue Recipe: Watermelon Salad

Fourth of July Barbecue Recipe: Watermelon Salad

We at Public Storage love a good barbecue, especially to celebrate the Fourth of July, and especially if there are great sides. Some of us even think we’re masters at whipping up the quintessential accompaniments of summer.  There comes a time in every cook’s life, however, when he really wants to up his game, to do something different and better. For this, we turned to a true expert, Richard Hanna, head chef of Le Cordon Bleu cooking school in Los Angeles. We asked him to hone ...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
July 2, 2013 at 7:10 AM
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Bridal Shower-Expert Flower Arrangement Tips

Bridal Shower-Expert Flower Arrangement Tips

There is no better way to bring the joy of spring indoors than with a homemade flower arrangement. No better way, unless you can also convince an expert floral designer to share his secrets for creating a masterpiece. We used the excuse of our new Public Storage blog to introduce ourselves to Peter Otero at Silver Birches floral and event company in Pasadena, CA. Among other projects large and small, Peter’s team produces the annual Oscar and Emmy parties for Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of Dre...
Posted by: Ann Griffith
June 20, 2013 at 9:17 AM
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