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With Food Drive, SpareFoot Displays Can-Do Attitude

By John Egan   November 25, 2014

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In the past couple of weeks, SpareFoot’s office in Austin, TX, has been overrun by cans of green beans, packages of spaghetti and cans of corn. No, it wasn’t a scene from some terrible science-fiction movie.

During the just-completed SpareFoot CANpaign, we collected about 12 tons of food for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, including the green beans, spaghetti and corn. To give you a sense of how much food that is, the average U.S. car weighs about 2 tons. → Keep Reading

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Introducing the Storage Industry Professionals Mixer Series, Hosted by SpareFoot!

By Barry Finder   November 21, 2014

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As a friend to many players in the industry, SpareFoot often gets asked by owners and operators about the best ways to improve their business. We hear everything from “When should I raise my rent?” to “Is there a good SEO provider I should consider?”

So we started asking some questions ourselves: Why not bring our clients and other industry professionals together to tackle those questions through productive, in-person conversations? Even better, why not make it fun? → Keep Reading

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Living in a Storage Unit: How Common Is It?

By Elizabeth Whalen   November 17, 2014

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Some people enduring homelessness are easy to spot, but many—perhaps most—are not. They’re living with friends and families, in their cars or in shelters.

The Youngs, a Florida family of five, ended up homeless after being forced to sell their home. Unable to find space in shelters, they moved into their car and put their belongings in a storage unit. Eventually, they began spending nights in the unit. → Keep Reading

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Abandoned Kitten Rescued From Illinois Storage Unit

By John Egan   November 13, 2014

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With the help of police, an Illinois woman has saved her kitten from a self-storage unit after her ex-boyfriend put the pet in a storage container, shut the lid and locked the unit, authorities said.

Police in St. Charles, IL, ticketed the ex-boyfriend, Perry Weingart of Chicago, for violating the city’s animal cruelty ordinance. Weingart, 58, must head to court over the matter, but a court date hasn’t been set. → Keep Reading

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SpareFoot Partnership With Uboxes Helps DIY Movers

By John Egan   November 5, 2014

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When you’re in the midst of a DIY move, it’s easy to overlook some of the seemingly little yet important things: moving boxes, packing tape, furniture-hauling straps, disc locks and so forth.

SpareFoot has teamed up with a company called Uboxes to help DIY movers purchase those and other moving supplies with just a few clicks of a mouse or a few taps on a smartphone screen. → Keep Reading

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8 Best Big-City Oktoberfests in the U.S. [Infographic]

By John Egan   October 1, 2014

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You can toast to this: If you’re ready to strap on your lederhosen or dirndls and hoist a pint of beer to celebrate Oktoberfest, you don’t have to hop a flight to the world’s Oktoberfest capital: Munich, Germany. Every year, communities across the U.S. put on Oktoberfest celebrations that just might put a smile on the often stern face of German Chancellor Angela Merkel. → Keep Reading

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Murder Mystery: Hallmark Movie Features Self-Storage Owner as Key Character

By John Egan   August 29, 2014

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The owner of a self-storage facility plays a central—and deadly—role in a Hallmark made-for-TV movie coming out in October.

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SpareFoot Launches Blog on MilitaryStorage.com

By John Egan   

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Through a new blog, SpareFoot is lending a hand to military families. → Keep Reading

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Best Places in the U.S. to Cool Off Before Summer Ends

By Matt Schexnayder   August 22, 2014

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The neighborhood pool is nice and all, but where are the really cool places you can cool off? SpareFoot was wondering this very thing, so we scoured the Internet to come up with the answer.

Taken from numerous “Best of” lists, we found the top spots all over the U.S. that are ideal for taking a dip. Find the one nearest you and go make a big splash before Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer!

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76-Year-Old Woman Looks Back on Two Months Living in a Storage Unit

By John Egan   August 21, 2014

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Winter isn’t kind to Minnesota. So imagine what 76-year-old Minne’ Fire was coping with when she lived in a storage unit for a couple of months last winter in the Minneapolis area.

In an interview, she told Minnesota Public Radio that during a period of homelessness, she made her home in a storage unit that she’d rented. She put her $721 a month in supplemental income toward storage rent, food and other expenses. → Keep Reading

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