Making Peace with Things and Storage Units

flea-market-1132551_960_720Earlier this month, The Atlantic published a beautiful essay titled Finding Solace in a Storage Unit. It explores what these storage units mean to people and why the US has so many more of them than other countries.

It could be that we’re transient or materialistic, but the author suggests storage units mean more than that. They serve as a way to start a business or as a place for a family to get back on their feet (not something we recommend!). They allow us to hang onto our things, whether we need them or not, and the author says that optimism might be the reason we cling to our things. Maybe something is more valuable than originally recognized and will propel the owner into serious wealth. Maybe things will get better and the storage unit renter will marry again, buy another house, or start another business and have reason to use all that stuff again.

The drivers of the storage unit are downsizing, dislocation, death, and divorce, and it was this last reason why the essay’s author chose to rent a storage unit for a year. As the essay ends, she says that being separated from her stuff for a year gave her a different perspective on it and she was able to look at it with clear eyes, choosing what she wanted to keep without the memory of her husband or her marriage looming over it. As she said, her experience with a storage unit allows her to “make peace with her things.”  

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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Man of … Steal?

burglar-clipart-thief-clipart-spletni-goljufGather ‘round, kids. It’s storytime. You’re familiar with Nicholas Cage, right? Well, records show that between 1996 and 2011 the actor earned $150 million from a series of films he appeared in. When you’re dealing with money like that, what’s a boy to do? Buy comics, of course! In 1997, Mr. Cage plunked down $150,000 for a 1938 comic book that was the first to feature Superman on the cover. He proudly hung that piece of memorabilia on his wall.

Unfortunately, such prominent placement made it an easy target for thieves, and the Superman comic, along with a comic that featured Batman’s first appearance, were taken from Cage’s home in 2000. The Batman comic was eventually recovered, but it was years before the Superman comic reappeared.

In the meantime, Cage declared bankruptcy in 2010. Now, we’re not going to call a six-figure comic book purchase frivolous, but maybe investing a little bit of that $150 million would have been wise. Anyway, in 2011 the contents of an abandoned storage unit were sold to an unidentified man who discovered Cage’s comic book. He returned the book to its rightful owner, who turned right around and auctioned it off for $2,161,000. Not a bad return on investment, right? Unfortunately the sale only made a small dent in his $13 million debt. Poor Nick.

Walk in Closet, self storage in Randolph, provides the ideal solution to the problem of overcrowding. Whether it’s your business files, equipment and retail inventory, or furniture and belongings from your home, our self storage closets will accommodate you. Whatever the reason, Walk in Closet provides a safe, temperature-controlled, state-of-the-art storage facility to suit your individual needs. Call 781-885-3965 for more information! We’re located at 76 Pacella Park Drive, Randolph, MA.

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