How to Start a Comic Book Collection

How to start a comic book collection.

Starting a comic book collection is a great investment and a fun hobby. But with thousands of characters and a culture stretching back as far as the late 1800’s, it can be hard to know exactly where to start. Rest assured, comic books are fun to read, a great way to engage your imagination, and a good collection can be worth quite a bit of money over time.

So where to start? With the hundreds of comic book based movies that have been hitting movie theatres, it may be easiest to begin by picking a character that interests you. Whether you can relate to the back story or you think their super power is really cool, being interested in the character will keep you interested in the story. Most publishers have massive universes of thousands of characters – so keep your eyes open for the classics: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, The Flash, etc. Maybe a team of characters is more your speed – check out: The X-Men, The Avengers, The Justice League, etc. Don’t worry too much if you’re jumping into a series on issue #80, most story arcs only last 5 or so books – so you’ll be able to catch up with the story rather quickly. For getting the most out of your favorite characters, try picking up some trade paper backs/trades (volumes of comic books in one bound book) at your local comic book store.

The next step to ensuring your continued interest in your collection is to find a local comic book store that you love. Here in Nashville Rick’s Comic City is a favorite not only for their expertise, but for how clean and organized their store is. Once you’ve been visiting a local shop, the employees may even recognize your taste in characters, writers, etc. and make recommendations for books you may want to add to your collection. Also, keep your eyes peeled for your local comic book store to run sales – it’s a great way to add a ton of books to your collection and save money in the process.

Equally important to building your collection is protecting your collection. Comic books are generally stored in acid free mylar bags (you can even get them resealable with acid free adhesive). This protects your books from fingerprinting, scuffs, and (with the addition of some acid free tissue paper) moisture. A backing board is stored inside the bag, against the back cover of the book, to add rigidity which prevents bending and curling when books are stored together. Finally, store your bagged and boarded collection upright in a short or long box (depending on how many books you have) – being sure to add foam inserts (or large trade paper backs, etc)in empty spaces to prevent your books from leaning too much in a forward or backward direction. Wear cotton or linen gloves when handling/reading your books, be sure not to curl or bend the pages, don’t open the book so far that the ink on the spine cracks and becomes white, and always store your books, bagged and boarded, when you’re not reading. Inspecting your books periodically is essential to their preservation. Treat them like you’re handling historical documents in an archive – because essentially, you are.

Above all else, remember to enjoy your new hobby. There’s a great sense of accomplishment that comes with finding a rare variant cover or a first print of your favorite issue. The more you learn about collecting and comic book culture, the more invested you will become in it.

Spring is Coming

Spring Cleaning IdeasThe weather is heating up, as we open our windows and air out our homes for the first time in months we begin to see the tale-tell signs of bunnies.  Not those adorable rabbits hopping around outside… no, we find the dust bunnies that have accumulated throughout the colder months. As you begin you take in the full extent of the surfaces in your home, which have been covered in the grey sheen, you may also stumble over the various pieces of junk that have crawled into your house sneakily disguised as useful items to be used one day. Then just as you begin to panic, wondering what you were thinking letting all these useless items pile up, you notice it, you thought it couldn’t happen to you, but the delusions of winter had deceived you! Your house is covered in drab. That’s right. It’s ok it happens to the best of us.

Those curtains, rugs, throws, bed spreads and even decorations that looked so perfect all winter long under the deceptions of poor lighting and the hallucinations brought on by the cold, suddenly catch the first rays of warm bright sunshine and now you see them for their true worth. You suddenly realize there is no way you are letting this go on a moment longer! It is time for an overhaul, a make-over, a reclaiming! It’s time to shed the delusions of winter and prepare for a bright and colorful spring!

It’s time for spring cleaning! While you’re deep cleaning every surface those winter dust bunnies dared to visit, why not pull out some boxes. Pack up that useless junk, the present your neighbor totally re-gifted to you, that work-out bench you swore to your family was a good idea, and that table that sits in the corner and is only used for storing junk mail. Pack up those drab accessories, the bright festive holiday, but oh so warm, throw blanket. You know, the one with the random scenery on it? Those dark and thick curtains that keep all the cold out but also block all hopes of sun rays, and let us not forget that dreary painting that has been hanging in your hall for years that you are tired of looking at. While you are at it, pack up those winter clothes, it’s time to show the weather it’s not your boss anymore. It’s spring and now and it’s time for you to wear those shorts and tank tops that you love so much. As you are taping that last box and the panic begins to set in that winter will return again in 6 months or so, remind yourself its ok. You can take those boxes down to StorPlace Self Storage and let us keep them safe from the dust bunnies while you enjoy the beauty of spring and summer.

The Origins of Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day lessonAlthough Valentine’s Day has passed for this year, I came across a very interesting article that I wanted to summarize regarding this special holiday that we celebrate with our significant others.The article was taken from a commentary by Chuck Colson in 1999 from his daily radio show, “Breakpoint”. Chuck begins his commentary by speaking to the fact that Valentine’s Day is starting to lose some of its personal touches and he references electronic kisses that can be sent by email.

Today, couples celebrate Valentine’s Day in a variety of ways. We have seen this for ourselves as couples who are separated by miles can have a Skype date and kisses are now sent through FaceTime. But how did this holiday that celebrates romantic love get its start? Chuck says it was more than a Hallmark card.

There is a tale told that Roman Emperor, Claudius II, had martyred a Roman priest during his persecution of Christians. The priest was beaten with clubs and finally beheaded. His name was Valentine. He was sainted for refusing to deny Christ before the emperor and continuing to give aid to the Christians in Rome. The tale also tells us that Valentine would secretly marry couples against the commands of Emperor Claudius who believed that unmarried men made better soldiers. Reports say that Claudius also beheaded two other Christians named Valentine during his persecution and therefore we cannot be certain which Valentine it is that we celebrate on February 14th.

Now you might wonder why the church would have chosen February 14th to have a saint’s day. In ancient Rome, February 14 was the eve of a pagan festival called Lupercalia. During this festival, the Romans worshipped Februa, a goddess of marriage, childbirth, and sexuality. As Christianity spread, the church began replacing pagan festivals with holy days. The Roman festival had rather lewd practices, so the church replaced these practices with the tradition of honorable young men picking the names of saints—and then spend the following year emulating the saint whose name they drew.

As we see today, the focus of love and romance from the festival became popular, but the name to this day we choose to give is in honor of St. Valentine who gave his life for the love of his God.

StorPlace Self-Storage hopes you were able to enjoy a romantic day with your valentine this year. Feel free to drop by to help us eat our leftover candy and purchase any boxes or packing supplies you may need for your next move. You can also take a look at our new heated and cooled building next door and the covered parking spaces we have added. StorPlace Self Storage strives to make the storage experience easy and convenient for our customers. The StorPlace Self Storage Mission is to provide an excellent storage solution to our customers in need by incorporating Christian values of integrity, honesty, respect for each other, hard work, innovativeness, conscientiousness, cheerfulness, and friendliness.

StorPlace of Lebanon Pike has a number of heated and cooled spaces as well as outside, garage-type units for our customers. With a variety of sizes, StorPlace Self Storage can find the perfect fit for your storage needs.  Give us a call at (615) 882-0082 and we will be happy to assist you with any of your storage or packing needs.

Summer Storage

Summer and Storage go hand in handThe first week of March is full of very cold and inhospitable weather. The good thing is the cold will soon be long gone and be merely a memory very soon. Spring is on the way and before we know it summer will be out in full force. In Tennessee, we experience extremes in weather: very cold during the winter and very hot and humid during the summer. During the winter many people put life on hold and slow down a bit. Summer is a different story: people move, students go home for the summer and many people just get out and enjoy nature and the great weather. Renting a self-storage unit from StorPlace Self Storage can help with many of the activities that summer brings with it.

Below are a few examples of how renting a self storage unit during the summer months can help you and your family:

  • The summer months are the busiest time for moving and selling and buying homes. This is also the busiest time for the self storage industry. What do you do if you just bought a new house and are in the process of moving or you just sold your current home and need a place for your belongings during the transition?. A self-storage unit can be just what you need if you are waiting for your new house to be ready. Storage units can accommodate both short and long-term storage needs. Storage unit come in a variety of sizes from 5×5 to 10×30 for you store just a few of your belongings or the contents of an entire home. StorPlace Self Storage offers a wide range of units ranging from small to large but also standard units and heated & cooled units. Depending on the need, standard units are great for short-term storage or if you need a storage unit that you can pull right up to. Heated & cooled storage units are great for the long-term storage or if you have items that fare better in moderate temperatures.
  • Summer break is upon us, students are ready to return home. Students come from all over the country: some local while some travel from across the country. Students in school gather quite a bit of “stuff: including: fridges, microwaves, printers, televisions,clothes and even furniture. For students, a storage unit provides a safe and secure place to store their belongings while they are away from school for the summer months. Many students like to use smaller sized storage units such as a 5×5 or 5×10, which are great for your average student’s belongings.
  • With summer comes summer activities such as boating and camping. A storage facility such as StorPlace Self Storage is an excellent place to store your summer “toys”. Many people rent storage units to house jet skis and boats. Others like the convenience of parking or a covered parking space for larger boats and campers. People like having a place where they can park large recreational vehicles safely and securely. With 16 great locations in middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky, there is always a StorPlace Self Storage nearby.

During the winter people tend to slow down a bit, but during the summer months people tend to go all out. Some people move homes, some are students going home for the summer, and many others just get out and enjoy summer. A self-storage unit or parking space like those offered by StorPlace Self Storage are great for whatever short or long-term storage needs you may have.

What’s New at Hickory Hollow?

StorPlace Self Storage of Hickory Hollow

 

 

 

 

 

What you are looking at is the beginning stages of a brand new storage building at StorPlace Self Storage of Hickory Hollow.  We are located at 5251 Mt.View Rd, Antioch, TN behind Carmike Cinemas, the Global Mall and Southeast Branch Library. We are in the process of constructing a brand new building that will feature at least 43 additional units.

This brand new, state-of-the art building will have storage units ranging from 5 x 10 to 10 x 20. We are working diligently to provide the best storage facility with as many storage units as possible for those that are moving, downsizing, and purchasing new homes. We have a plethora of types of storage units such as heated and cooled, inside spaces, and parking spaces. If you have a need for storage, StorPlace Self Storage of Hickory Hollow is the place to visit.

The Antioch community is growing at an astronomical rate and we are eagerly waiting to fulfill any storage needs that may arise. Our convenient storage facility has storage units which feature large roll-up doors.  The unit’s are perfect for the storage of vehicles, boats, and motorcycles.  StorPlace Self Storage also features an array of packing and moving supplies such as lamp boxes, wardrobe boxes, and mattress covers. Our team of managers is on hand from 9-5pm Monday – Saturday to offer assistance by phone or in person to meet your storage needs. With hard work and persistence, this new building will be available in the next few months. We have a great team working hard every day to make sure these units are in tip-top shape and ready to rent.

Looking Forward to the Future

StorPlace of Murfreesboro Rd

Excitement is high at StorPlace Self Storage of Murfreesboro Rd.   By winter of 2016, we hope to be the new and improved StorPlace of Murfreesboro Road Self-Storage Facility.  The improvements and expansion will help StorPlace Self Storage beyond a doubt continue to meet the needs of our current and future tenants, not to mention our new face lift will add beauty and appeal to the neighborhood.

As the community grows, StorPlace Self Storage will continue to work hard to improve its facilities to meet the demands of the area.

Additional heated and cooled units will be added for the homeowners and apartment dwellers that need to store their precious treasures that are temperature sensitive. Items such as musical instruments, electronic devices, and antique furniture can be stored with no worries.

Showing a storage unit

 

 

 

 

 

 

We will also add the ever needed large convenient outdoor drive-up units for storing such items as vehicles and large house hold items. Being centrally located to so many apartment  and home developments, we find that the residents seem to never have enough closet space. Our drive-up, walk-in closet size storage units will help solve their space problems. These units are perfect for  the extra over flow belongings, such as outdoor grills, bicycles, and small garden tools.

Our new show room will feature a full line of moving and packing supplies and we will have additional dedicated staff on-hand to give valuable tips on how to pack and store your belongings. With every size box on hand for lamps, flat screened televisions, dishes, and boxes for every size picture and mirror, the worries of moving will all but disappear.

Moving & Packing supplies at StorPlace

 

 

 

 

 

As the time draws near, we would like to encourage you to join in our excitement and anticipation of our new expansion and I’m sure as we continue to work hand in hand with our neighbors, StorPlace Self Storage will exceed your storage expectations.

 

 

 

Home Renovating and Self Storage

Home Renovation and Self StorageRenovating a home is a huge undertaking. Coming up with ideas on how to improve the design and function of your home while also keeping within a budget and time frame is no easy task. Whether it is finding the right contractor, tracking down the materials, or simply finding the time to get started, it is a daunting endeavor.

One of the biggest headaches in starting such a large project is figuring out where to put all of the new materials that you are purchasing. Also, what should you do with the household items that need to be stored out-of-the-way to avoid damage during the remodeling process. At StorPlace Self Storage, we offer a range of storage spaces to help meet your specific storing needs from making sure you have somewhere to keep your furniture safe to a space to put all of the materials and supplies that you need for improving your home.

StorPlace Self Storage offers large outside first level outside access units, where you can store building materials and other items that are not temperature sensitive. This is a great way to store the many tools and materials for the job. These are the units that you can back your vehicle right up to for loading and unloading, which is a great time and space saver during the renovation process.  For your nice furniture, electronics, or other sensitive items, we offer a large range of affordable heated and cooled storage spaces. These storage units are perfect for keeping all of your important household items safe and secure while you are improving and updating your home.

Remodeling a house can be a huge hassle. During a remodeling project, living in the space amidst the chaos can be quite difficult at times. Let StorPlace Self Storage help make your life easier and more stress free, by stopping by one of our many middle Tennessee locations to check out our numerous storage solutions. Our friendly staff is always happy to help you find the right storage space to fit your every storage need.

Protecting Valuable- Cards, Comics& Kicks

As we know, people store a multitude of items for scores of reasons. Everything from automobiles to baby pictures populate storage units across the nation. Another great use for storage units is storing collectibles and other valuable items.   There are many things you can do to preserve and protect the integrity and value of sports cards, comic books and sneakers while they are in storage. Below are a few tips to keep your collections in the best possible conditions.

Sports Cards Storage

Sport Card storage sleeves

Sleeves such as this are a staple for any sports card collector.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sports cards are typically stored in sleeves, such as the one pictured above. These sleeves are designed to go in three-ring binders. The sleeves protect sports cards from the rigors of the outside world and keep them in pristine condition. For those who want to raise the ante to total protection, there are hard sports cards storage cases. These cases are made of hard plastic and are available in a wide array of sizes and thicknesses.   Cabinet and briefcase style cases allow you not only store all the most valuable and well-protected of a sports card collection together, but they also will store well at home or in your storage unit.

Comic Book Storage

Comic Book Storage Tips

Bags & boards are great for protecting your comic books.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comic books are long-time favorite amongst collectors. Comic books have been around since the late 1800’s and now are a multi-million dollar industry. Keeping a comic book in pristine condition is vital to the value of the book. There are many ways to protect your comic book collection while in storage.

  1. Boxes- specially built for comics. They come in two different sizes: long and short.
  2. Boards- The stiff board backing helps to keep the comics flat. However, the boards will need to be changed every 2-5 years to keep the board from changing the color of the comic.
  3. Bags- Made of polypropylene , or known as “mylar”, these bags protect your books from the elements.
  4. You are going to need somewhere to keep your comic book collection! They are best stored in a climate controlled setting. Avoid keeping them in wet, hot, or drafty areas.

 Sneaker Storage

Sneakers have exploded in popularity over the past decade. Lines wrap around stores nationwide whenever the latest Air Jordan, Lebron, or Kobe shoe is released. With this growth, came a resurgence of collectors as well as a secondary market catering to those who missed out on release day. As the demand for these items has increased, so has the prices they command on the secondary market. As the size of sneaker collections has grown over the past several years, finding places to store footwear has become paramount. Here are some tips for storing and protecting your footwear.

Tips for storing sneakers

Silica packs come in different sizes & are great for absorbing moisture

  1. The use of silica packets does help with keeping moisture away from your shoes. However if you are going to utilize them, make sure they do not touch the actual shoe, because they will dry out the leather or the midsole, which in some shoes will cause or accelerate the deterioration of the midsole.
  2. If the shoe has a clear outsole, remove the paper that comes with the shoes, if they are kept in the shoe box. The paper is acidic, and the acidity will cause the soles to yellow.
  3. Do not store sneakers in extreme temperatures, either very hot or very cold. In the case of very hot, it can cause sole separation, and very cold can also affect the glue and integrity of material components. It is best to store your sneakers in a climate controlled area, with the optimal temperature being 68-72 degrees farenheit.
  4. If they are stored in a climate controlled unit, add moth balls, particularly if boxes are sitting on the floor. You do not want any of nature’s precious creatures getting in to your shoe boxes.
  5. Take your shoes out of the box periodically and let them get some air.
  6. The most effective way to preserve your sneakers is to WEAR THEM! There is nothing worse than waiting years and years to wear a shoe, and the midsole crumbles the first time you put them on. Wearing them does help maintain their integrity.

When you store your collectibles, especially outside of your home, you want to take the necessary steps to ensure your valuables are not damaged. Following a few of these simple tips can keep your treasured items in great shape for years to come. Stop by one of the 16 StorPlace Self Storage locations to see how we can help with your collection storage needs!

 

Shake off those Winter Blues!

Beating the Winter Blues

It never fails. In mid-January, after all the holiday adrenaline has worn off, I enter this slump. All I want to do is go to work and then go home and sleep. This is really unusual for me, because I love being outdoors and keeping busy. One of my favorite places to go and look for activities is Ready, Set, Rutherford! This site is perfect not only for people visiting our community, but also for those of us in a rut and looking for a fun new adventure to embark on. As you peruse the pages of this site there are likely things that you didn’t know took place in our neck of the woods.

Just recently, I visited the page looking for something to get out of the house and do on the weekend. I noticed that Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU)  actually has an event area where different activities are held. Last week, I attended the SEBRA National Finals  at Miller Coliseum. What an exciting event! Coming up this weekend is a Truck and Tractor Pull. And boy am I excited!

Not everyone enjoys the same types of activities, and that is what makes Ready, Set, Rutherford so great! You can see events for many different types of people: those with young children, those who love the outdoors, and also those who love the arts! For those of us who just get stuck and don’t know what we want to do next (or those of us who like to have the WHOLE day planned out), they even have sample itineraries that have step-by-step instructions on how to maximize a fun-filled day!

If you ever find yourself without a clue what to do on a cold winter day, check out the Ready, Set, Rutherford and plan away!

Welcome to 2015!

Welcome to 2015

It’s that time of year again when we all start making New Year’s resolutions!  One of the most popular resolutions made each year is losing weight. To be honest, it makes my list every year. Therefore, I decided to find more ways to be active this year. There are actually many different affordable activities to do in the Middle Tennessee area and many different fitness centers to choose from.

One place that I like to go to when looking for fitness and exercise deals is Groupon. Right now there are many deals available such as: barre fitness classes, martial arts lessons, boxing or kick boxing, rock climbing, yoga, dance lessons and so much more.

Murfreesboro also has many different fitness centers. Some of these include Planet Fitness, Gold’s Gym, Olympus Athletic Club, Anytime Fitness and Murfreesboro Athletic Club. My preferred gym is Planet Fitness. One of the best things about this facility is that it is a 100% Judgment Free Zone. It’s an environment where you feel accepted and comfortable going at your own pace without having to worry about others judging you. Planet Fitness is also very affordable. They have two membership types. The first is a $10/month plan which allows you unlimited access to their gym equipment and unlimited fitness training. The second option is the Black Card membership. This membership is $19.99/month and adds unlimited access to all Planet Fitness locations, use of tanning, and unlimited use of massage chairs, hydromassage beds and the total body enhancement machines. I suggest visiting each fitness center to see which will work best for you and your goals.

There are also many other ways to stay active besides joining a gym. Why not do something fun with your whole family like bowling, roller skating, paint ball shooting, or zip lining. There is something available for all ages.

Or if you prefer to exercise in the comfort of your home, Groupon also has many great deals for purchasing exercise equipment and tools to help you reach your goals. Don’t have enough space at home for bulky equipment? Why not clear out that spare bedroom and put it to good use. At StorPlace Self Storage we can find a perfect storage unit to match your needs!

May you succeed at all your resolutions and become a healthy and happier you! The staff at StorPlace Self Storage wishes our friends, family and customers a very Happy New Year!