Tips for Storing Comic Book Collections

StorPlace of Murfreesboro RdComic book collections are a great investment and fun hobby. With the hundreds of comic book based movies that have been hitting the silver screen lately, it’s easy to get attached with the fun and engaging characters. Whether you can relate to the backstory, or you think their super power is really cool, being interested in comic book characters is what will keep you interested in the story as it grows and continues.

Most publishers have massive universes of thousands of characters – so keep your eyes open for the classics if you are beginning to build your collection: 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. But for those of you who already have a growing collection–and are running out of storage space around your home–below are some tips for how to store comic books the right way while you continue to add more to the collection.

Comic Book Collection Storage 

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 as well. 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. We also recommend climate controlled storage areas as well to protect the collection from extreme temperatures.

Finally, store your bagged and boarded comic book 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 to fill the empty space to prevent your books from leaning too much in a forward or backward direction. Wear cotton or linen gloves when handling or placing your books in storage. Also, don’t store your comic books in a way that the ink on the spine cracks and becomes white, and always store your books, bagged and boarded.

In addition to those comic book storage tips, inspecting your books periodically while in storage is also highly recommended. Treat them like you’re handling historical documents in an archive similar to business document storage, because essentially that’s what you’re doing. Above all else, remember to enjoy your new hobby and continue to purchase new comic books after you have created space by storing your older items. For anyone with large collections in the Kentucky or Tennessee areas, consider StorPlace. Our heated or cooled units would be great for comic book storage, so stop by today to learn more!

Learn Simple Ways To Support Tennessee’s Wildlife

StorPlace of Bowling Green, KYThere are three key elements involved in helping to maintain our beautiful wildlife throughout Tennessee–food, water and shelter. These three necessities of life are simple yet often overlooked when it comes to how we can support the birds and animals that share our Nashville, Tennessee community. Fueled by a personal passion to give back to Mother Nature, we took the following steps at our home recently that anyone can adapt to help Tennessee remain as vibrant as ever.

  1. Bird Baths – By taking shallow plastic trays that can be purchased for as little as one dollar, we are able to help our birds find water they need to stay clean and hydrated. After starting with trays, we now have two concrete baths in our backyard that many birds swoop down to use on a regular basis. If you are looking to do the same, be sure to keep them clean and free from Algae, mosquitos and other unwanted larvae.
  2. Food for the WildlifeWe have a multitude of different kinds of feeders since all birds don’t eat in the same manner. Doves like to eat on the ground, but will eat from a feeder. Cardinals and Chickadees will eat from anything. Titmice like dinner from a feeder, while Gold Finches prefer thistle. When choosing your feeders, have fun! We try to mix our own bird seed with fruit and nut mix. You can also slather peanut butter on the side of a tree, and stick some bird seed to it. Wood Peckers love this little treat, as do other birds and squirrels.
  3. Finally, Shelter – We try to provide a variety of lodging for our furry friends, keeping in mind, we don’t want them on our back porch. Bird houses are usually fine to put close to your house, but we’ve had more success with houses made from natural colors. In our yard, we also witness dear, squirrel, raccoon, possum, a large variety of birds, including a few stray Turkeys, and Chicken. These animals are being forced to live in our world, but few steps can go a long way to help insure their survival.

For all your self-storage needs in Tennessee, consider StorPlace Self-Storage. We take pride in the community we serve, offering the best in self-storage solutions for home, business and everything else in between!

Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University

Tennessee State University is committed to excellence, and has been consistently listed in U.S. News & World Report’s “Guide to America’s Best Colleges” for more than a dozen years, maintaining one of the highest graduation rates among the nation’s historically black colleges and universities and the highest in the Tennessee Board of Regents  system.

Tennessee State University is a comprehensive, urban, co-educational, land-grant university offering undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees. The university was founded in 1912 after its organization in 1909 as the Agricultural and Industrial State Normal School. The school  became a four-year teachers’ college in 1922 and was elevated to full land-grant university in 1958. Tennessee State University was into the absorbed University of Tennessee at Nashville in 1979.

The President of Tennessee State University is Dr. Glenda Baskin Glover. She assumed the presidency on January 2, 2013.  Dr. Glover is also a Tennessee State University graduate. Dr. Glover met First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the university.

TSU's Dr. Glover and First Lady Michelle Obama

 

 

 

 

 

Famous  Tennessee State University Graduates:

  • Wilma Rudolph won three gold medals in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome, becoming the first American woman to win three gold medals in one Olympics
  • Ralph Boston  won the long jump Olympic Gold Medal in the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome
  • Senator Thelma Harper has served as a Senator for the 19th District in the Tennessee General Assembly since 1991
  • Moses Gunn, a renowned actor, who in 1977 received an Emmy nomination for his appearance as tribal chieftain, Kintango, in the miniseries Roots
  •  Oprah Winfrey is the first black woman billionaire in world history

Tennessee State University also has a great tradition for it’s sports teams. There is an extensive Athletic Department including Men’s basketball, football, cross-country, golf, tennis, and track and field. The football and basketball teams always rank in the top teams in the nation. The Women’s Athletic Department also plays a major role on the national circuit. The Women’s Basketball team is constantly playing in the NCAA tournament and they have won many championships. There is also a strong women’s cross-country, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball team.

StorPlace Self Storage of Murfreesboro Rd. is proud to offer its services to             students and faculty alike and would like to take this opportunity to congratulate all the 2013/2014  school year Tennessee State University graduates!

StorPlace of Bellevue Has Just the Storage Unit that you Need

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StorPlace of Bellevue

It is hard to believe, but fall cleaning and the time to move your college student back on campus is here once again. It is time to re-organize the home and keep it organized during the chaos of the new school year. It is also the time for parents to decide if they want to repurpose their college student’s bedroom to a den, TV room, office or personal gym. With all of the changes that the back to school season brings it is important to remember that there is a solution to put all of the extra fall items that you have and to put away the summer “toys” for the season.

StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue is the perfect place to store those items, small and large, that you want out-of-the-way but don’t know what to do with. We have convenient locations in the Nashville, Murfreesboro and Bowling Green, KY areas.  StorPlace Self Storage has locations in Bellevue, downtown Nashville, 2 locations in Murfreesboro, Murfreesboro Rd, Antioch, Bowling Green KY, Rivergate, Hickory Hollow, Hermitage, Franklin, Cool Springs, Hendersonville and a new location on Lebanon Pike. I am certain you can find a location that fits your storage needs.

StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue has heated and cooled units as well as the conventional non-heated storage unit. StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue’s smallest size unit is a 5 x 5. This storage unit size is available in both climate and non-climate controlled. The storage unit sizes go all the way up to a 10 x 40, with many other sizes in-between. The 10×40 storage unit is not climate controlled, but the majority of the units have the option for heated and cooled, it just depends on the size.  The smaller sizes and all of the heated and cooled units are in a hallway.  A common question is “Does the heated and cooled cost much more than the conventional storage unit?”  It does, but to have peace of mind that your belongings will be just like they were when you put them in there when you get them out, it can be a small price to pay.

StorPlace Self Storage has many amenities to make your storage experience easier and safer. For your convenience, StorPlace Self Storage does have carts in the hallways to help move stuff from your car or truck to your storage unit.  We have a 1 time $25.00 admin fee, which does include a lock. This way you do not have to worry about purchasing your own lock and worrying if it will fit on the storage unit StorPlace Self Storage of Bellevue also has parking spaces for cars, RVs and boats. We do have a few covered spaces for your vehicles, depending on availability.

We always recommend that you get a tour of our facility and the storage unit or parking space that you might be renting. When you are ready to rent a storage unit, there are some things that we do require. StorPlace Self Storage requires is a valid driver’s license to rent a storage unit. In order to rent a parking space, we require you to have a valid driver’s license, proof of insurance and proof of ownership, such as a bill of sale or registration. For any of your storage needs, stop in or give a call to any of our 16 locations. We will be glad to help you with your questions and concerns and give you a tour of our facility.

What to Look For When Comparing Storage Facilities

Computerized Gate Access at StorPlace Self Storage

Every StorPlace Self Storage faciliy has computerized gate access.

When searching for a storage facility there are a few key things that you should look for during your search: location, availability, security, competitive pricing, cleanliness, and customer service.

Location is a major factor in choosing a facility.  The facility that is the closest to your home is the one you are more likely to choose.  StorPlace Self Storage has 16 facilities in and around middle Tennessee as well as Bowling Green, KY.  There are many different storage facilities in the area to choose from, but don’t base our choice only on the location.

Availability of storage units is another big factor when it comes to choosing a facility.  Not all storage facilities have the same number and size of units available at a certain time.  Storage unit availability varies from location to location.  A good way to check availability is to call the facility you are thinking about storing at or you can go to the website to check to see if the storage unit size that you need is available. At StorPlace of Hendersonville, you can check availability of certain size storage units on our website. 

Security is a feature that all potential customers should focus their attention on.  Most places will have a couple of cameras and a gate. At StorPlace Self Storage, we offer multiple security options.  We have surveillance cameras that record 24 hours a day, a fence that is surrounding the entire facility, gated access, and high security lock for the units.

Pricing is probably the most important thing that people think about when choosing a storage facility.  Competitive pricing is available at just about every storage facility. The thing to look for is the most “bang for your buck”.  This can be done by comparing multiple facilities prices along with any specials or coupons you can find.  Typically, a heated and cooled space is going to cost more money than your standard outdoor garage style units.  This may not be true in all cases though.  Pricing also depends on availability of the units.

The Cleanliness of the storage facility is probably the most important factor for me.  You should always ask for a tour of the property and ask to be shown the unit you are thinking about renting before committing to the rental.  This way you can check out the property for yourself and make sure you are getting a clean unit.  Also, a good question to ask is if the facility has an exterminator that comes and sprays the property for bugs.

Good customer service is important for everyone. At StorPlace Self Storage, we pride ourselves on our great customer service.  We try to help the customer in any way possible.  If you have any additional questions you can call any of our 16 locations to get more information.

How to Choose the Best Storage Facility

 

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StorPlace can help you find the best storage unit for your storage needs.

 

When storing there are many factors to consider, so do your research. The number one  factor when storing is choosing the right storage unit for your storing needs. Once you have decided what type of storage unit you will need, it is very important to pick the right storage location for you. Lastly, it is important to have the correct packing supplies for your belongings starting with boxes and tape. Hopefully, this guide will help you make an informed decision for all your self-storage needs.

First thing to do when storing is packing your personal goods. Boxes are the easiest and most convenient way to pack. Many people think that the bigger the box the better, but that is not always the case. When selecting boxes think about what you are storing and who will be moving it. Small boxes are great for heavier items, such as books and dishes as these type items can get heavy very quickly. Larger boxes are great for storing lighter items such as towels, blankets, and comforters.  Also, many storage companies,such as StorPlace Self Storage, offer specialized boxes like mirror boxes, which are great for storing mirrors or paintings. Remember when storing items in boxes to properly secure them with tape and filler material like bubble wrap and foam peanuts.

When storing your personal belongings in self-storage, the location of the storage facility is important to consider.  A secure and conveniently located storage facility is always a plus. If you are moving to a new town, it is better to find a storage facility closer to where you will be moving to instead of one across town. It is more convenient to access your personal goods at a storage facility that is close to you.  StorPlace Self Storage has 16 conveniently located and secure storage facilities in middle Tennessee ready to accommodate all your storage needs.

Once you have packed your belongings and determined the right self-storage location for your storing needs, you must select an appropriate storage unit. Storage units come in many different sizes, and with many different features. Storage professionals, such as the ones at StorPlace Self Storage, can help determine the storage unit which will best serve your needs. Do you require a small or large unit? A drive up unit? A heated and cooled unit? These are just a few of the questions that a property manager can assist you with.  Your personal belonging are very important, you take great care of them, choosing a storage unit should be no different. Take the same care when selecting your self-storage unit.

There is no unimportant part of self storage. Start with the necessary packing supplies, such as boxes and tape, for the storing or moving job ahead. Another very important part of storing with self-storage is finding a location that suits you best; a location down the road is better than across town. Lastly, select the right unit for your storage needs, if you don’t know, ask. A storage professional will help you determine what type of unit would benefit you the most and if that unit will be enough or not enough for your storing needs.

Pick Us! StorPlace of Lebanon Pike

StorPlace of Lebanon Pike

Stop in to see us at StorPlace of Lebanon Pike

Reserving a unit is much simpler than it used to be.  All you need to do is pick out a location that is the most convenient for you. The storage facility could be near your home or closer to your office, whichever is easier for you to reach whenever you need it.  Then, all you have to do is virtually point and click to find the location that is closest to you via StorPlaceSelfStorage.com  or StorPlace.com. Our website is very simple to maneuver and search for step by step instructions, suggestions for packing and stacking, packing materials and location information.   When you are reserving your storage unit online, online reservation fee is just $10.00, which will be credited to the first month’s rent.

There are over 30 different  shapes, types, and sizes  of storage units to choose from at StorPlace Self Storage.  Some of the units are temperature controlled.  With all of that variety, you will be sure to find the right self storage unit to fit your needs from a 5×5, which is the size of a small closet, all the way up to a 12×50 parking space, large enough to fit that brand new Recreational Vehicle the family has been dreaming about for years.

StorPlace Self Storage strives to make the storage experience easy and convenient for our customers. There are many payment options that our customers can set up, such as online bill pay, payment dropbox, automatic credit card billing, after hours call center, or emailed invoices.  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 is located on the corner of Central Pike and Lebanon Pike in the heart of Hermitage, TN. Nearby points of interest include The Hermitage (Home of President Andrew Jackson), The Grand Ole Opry, Nashville Shores, Gaylord Opryland Hotel, Hermitage House Smorgasbord, and Ravenwood Country Club. Our facility is also located next to the Music City Bikeway that connects Shelby Bottoms Greenway with the Stones River Greenway. Altogether, this paved trail runs 16.6 miles. Highlights of this trail include the Cumberland River Pedestrian Walking Bridge, the Shelby Bottoms Nature Center, and the Percy Priest Dam. Perfect for biking, jogging, and walking.

StorPlace Self Storage is  conveniently situated in 16 locations stretching from southern KY to Murfreesboro and from east of Nashville to Rivergate, Hendersonville, Hermitage etc.  You name it, we are close to it. Call, click or stop in today and check us out.  Every one of our managers or assistant managers are appropriately educated to answer all the storage questions you may have.  So what are you waiting for?

 

 

Storage Tips

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Why heated and cooled storage?

Heated and cooled storage maintains a steady temperature of 55–80° using central air conditioning during the summer months and heat during the winter months, as well as dehumidifiers to control the temperature. This insulates your stored items from the damage that severe hot or cold weather can cause.

What should or should not be stored in a self storage unit?

Self storage is an excellent option for storing the overflow of many different types of items or belongings from your home or business. StorPlace Self Storage frequently gets questions about what is acceptable to store so we have compiled a list to provide more information on what works for storage. Stop in to any of StorPlace’s 16 locations to see the list of items that should not be stored in a storage unit.

Security options for storage

When selecting a self storage facility, it is important to understand the security system of the facility. Since security measures vary according to facility policy,cost, and even geographic location, StorPlace Self Storage has put together a list of some things to keep in mind when looking for self storage. Ask for this list when you stop in to get a tour of our facilities. You can also learn more in this video.

Self storage tips for business owners

At StorPlace Self Storage, we find that most of our business owners make use of self storage not just for long-term, but also for short-term solutions. If your un-used business equipment or files are taking over your office, it is time to think about renting a self storage unit!

Choose the right size self storage unit

Estimating how much space you will need for your storage items can be easy if you know what you want to store. StorPlace Self Storage has an handy storage unit size guide to help you decide what size storage you will need for your belongings. It is important to choose the right size storage unit, so you are not wasting space and money.

Insuring your stored items

Whether you are planning to store business or personal belongings, it’s important to ensure the items while stored in a self storage unit. Homeowners or rental insurance might not cover items that are in storage. Make sure to check your insurance policy before you decide to rent a self storage unit.  StorPlace Self Storage offers our own Property Protection to help cover stored items.

Vehicle self storage

Any type of vehicle can be stored in self storage to free up space in your garage. StorPlace Self Storage does offers RV outside storage. There are special considerations and prepping that need to be done before a vehicle is placed in storage. If you prepare you car, boat or RV for storage, then it will run properly when it time to remove it from the storage unit.

Hints for packing and storing

StorPlace Self Storage has created videos to help with everything from packing boxes to packing your storage unit safely and efficiently.

Comparing outdoor, indoor and drive-up storage

The are the three most common types of space for self storage are outdoor, indoor and drive-up storage. Our friendly and informed staff are able to answer all of your questions about the different types of storage and what would work the best for your storage needs.

Choosing boxes and packing materials

Once the decision to move things into storage is made, the next step is to decide how to pack them correctly. StorPlace Self Storage has a variety of packing and moving supplies at each of our locations from boxes to packing tape to furniture protection.  We have 16 convenient locations in the Middle Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky areas to serve your storage needs. We look forward to seeing you soon and giving you a great customer service experience!

 

 

Summer Storage-Free Up Your Garage, Attic and Closets

Summer in Tennessee

Summertime is here! It is time to work on some more cleaning projects inside and outside your home, including cleaning out your garage, basement and closets! The summer is a great time to clean out the garage to have easier access to your lawnmower and gardening equipment. A great solution to give you more room in the garage is to move your belongings into a storage unit. This will leave room to park your car and maybe, your new boat, in the garage and still give you easy access to your lawn and gardening tools. StorPlace Self Storage offers month-to-month contracts with no long-term commitment, which is perfect to store items over the summer months. So, make some time to clean out that garage and store your excess items at StorPlace Self Storage.

Once you have tackled cleaning out the garage, it is now time to work on decluttering  the inside of your home. I bet that you had children that have come home from college this summer. While they were gone at school, you turned their bedroom into an excess storage room.  Now, they are complaining that they have no room for the things that they have brought home from school! Pack the extra items that you put in their room, and place them in a storage unit. StorPlace Self Storage offers heated and cooled spaces for electronic items and standard storage units, which ever suits your needs!

Lastly, don’t forget to peek up in that attic and check to see if maybe there some things that need to go to the storage unit. Storage units are great places to store your holiday decorations.  Also, this would be a very good time to pack up those winter clothes in one of  StorPlace Self Storage’s wardrobe boxes and bring those clothes down to the storage unit You won’t need winter sweaters and coats during the HOT summer!

StorPlace Self Storage of Franklin, located on Highway 96 in Franklin, offers lots of different storage options and we carry a full line of packing and moving supplies. Stop in to see how we can help you with your storage needs and help you declutter your home for the summer!

Stress Free Storage at StorPlace

Stress Free Storage at StorPlace Self Storage

Don’t let self storage stress you out!

StorPlace Self-Storage wants to make your storage experience as stress free as possible. Our staff takes the time to listen to your needs and do everything we can to help you with your storage needs during your time of transition. We strive to have the best customer service, while providing you with a top-notch storage facility. In addition to great customer service, we offer state-of-the-art security, including 24 hour camera surveillance, convenient gate-hours, free carts to help you move-in and so much more!   Peace of mind comes with knowing your things will be safe and secure when you store your personal belongings with StorPlace Self Storage. Stop in to one of our 16 convenient locations in Nashville, Murfreesboro and Bowling Green, KY, and receive 10% off of any moving/packing supplies.

Here are a few good tips to help you save money and get
“the best bang for your buck” when using self-storage:

1. Start by putting the large items in the unit first and then fill the gaps of space. This will allow you will use the storage space more efficiently. You can also safely stack boxes as high as you can starting from the back of the storage unit wall and working your way towards the door. Utilizing all of the storage space effectively will help you save money for the size of the storage unit that you will need.

2. Make sure to leave any boxes or items that you think you’ll need more frequently until the very last so you will have easier access to the items.  If you think you may need to access your space more often, you may want to consider leaving a walkway through the center of your unit so you can easily find whatever you need.

3.Another good tip is to use covers to help keep dust from settling on your items. StorPlace Self Storage has a variety of furniture and mattress covers, to protect these items while in storage.

4. Check your storage unit monthly to make sure nothing has shifted and that there are no issues that you would need to discuss with your facility manager.

When it comes to getting the best value for your storage unit, take advantage of our discounts offered to tenants or the current retail or internet specials at each facility.  StorPlace Self Storage understands that there can be a lot of stress and worry when there is some type of transition in life. Our storage solutions and great customer service helps make the transitions a bit easier.