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The 12 Hardest-Working Towns in America

By Elizabeth Whalen   August 26, 2014

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With everything Labor Day has come to symbolize—the end of summer, the beginning of the school year, a weekend of good deals at the mall—it can be easy to forget its purpose: to celebrate workers’ contributions to America.

Americans everywhere work hard, but in honor of the holiday, we wanted to crunch some numbers and find the metro areas where the hardest-working Americans live. Here is SpareFoot’s list of the 12 Hardest-Working Towns in America. → Keep Reading

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6 Tips for Moving and Storing Your Electronics

By Silvia Navejar   

smart TV

If you’ve ever moved, you know that moving electronics can be stressful. Just one misplaced cord or cable can make the difference between a smooth move and a big headache. Here are six tips to help ensure that your electronics arrive at their destination safe and (with functioning) sound. → Keep Reading

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Welcome to the ‘Pandemonium’ of College Junk Season

By Jay Fitzgerald   August 25, 2014

College Hunks Hauling Junk

Nick Friedman and Omar Soliman co-founded College Hunks Moving in 2008 after they realized there was a market for moving students’ belongings to and from college dorms, off-campus apartments and storage facilities.

Today, College Hunks Moving has 55 franchises across the U.S. employing hundreds of young students and recent grads. They help lug around sofas, lamps, mattresses, boxes full of books and other items.

While expanding College Hunks Moving, the duo noticed another nationwide business opportunity: junk. That junk includes trash, beaten-up furniture and other remnants of students’ college lives that they don’t want to deal with and often abandon in unsightly heaps at dorms and private apartments or, too often, along city sidewalks and curbs. → Keep Reading

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‘Professor Dumpster’ and the Art of Downsizing

By Veronica Meewes   August 22, 2014

Professor Dumpster

Major life changes, a shift in living situations, a new season approaching—these are all factors that compel us to re-examine our lives and pare down the belongings we’ve collected. But Jeff Wilson took his “spring cleaning” to the extreme when he sold all his belongings for $1 and moved into a 33-square-foot dumpster in February.

However, change did not come overnight. Wilson first left his 3,000-square-foot house to live in a 600-square-foot apartment, then stayed in his 144-square-foot office before relocating to Austin, TX. In Austin, he couch-surfed before settling into his current abode. “I had a slow-trickle transition,” said Wilson, associate professor of biological sciences at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin. → Keep Reading

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Bronko Box: Rebuilding the Packing Experience

By Kathryn Hawkins   August 20, 2014

Bronko Box

When you’re preparing for a move, a truck or van is just part of the equation. You’ll need people to lift your furniture and other items, and plenty of boxes to store all of your smaller possessions.

But packing for a move with traditional cardboard boxes can be a pain. In most cases, you’ll spend lots of money buying packaging materials, followed by hours of work taping up the boxes. Or if you manage to get some hand-me-down boxes from a friend, there’s a good chance they won’t survive another move.

Buda, TX-based startup Bronko Box has a solution to the packing problem. Founded by husband-and-wife team Bo and Brooke Cox in the spring of 2012, Bronko Box offers rentals of heavy-duty stackable plastic crates to help people with their household or business moves. → Keep Reading

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Harris Twins From ‘Storage Wars’ Land Their Own Show

By John Egan   August 19, 2014

Mark and Matt Harris

“Storage Wars” has launched the careers of reality TV personalities like recently returned Dave Hester, Brandi Passante and Jarrod Schulz. Now, two more stars have been born.

Twin brothers Mark and Matt Harris, appraisal experts who’ve been semi-regular cast members of “Storage Wars,” are starring in their own TV show, “The Harris Brothers’ World Of Wow!” The online show recently debuted on the FirstRun.tv Network. A FirstRun.tv news release says the brothers “have turned into famous pop culture icons.” → Keep Reading

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Contents of Former NFL Player’s Storage Unit Auctioned Off

By Alexander Harris   August 18, 2014

Terry Glenn

An Ohio auction company has sold off the contents of a storage unit that had been rented by former NFL player Terry Glenn.

An unidentified storage hunter bought all of the contents of the unit at an auction in Columbus, OH. On Aug. 13, Auction Ohio conducted an item-by-item sale of the contents. → Keep Reading

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In ‘Storage Wars’ Return, Dave Hester Declares: ‘Time to Remind Them Who’s in Charge’

By Nick DiUlio   August 13, 2014

Dave Hester

Everyone who tuned in to the Aug. 12 season premiere of “Storage Wars” was waiting for it—the deep, resonant, antagonistic “Yuuup!” that would officially signal the return of storage auction “mogul” Dave Hester. And it didn’t take long for fans to get what they came for.

In the episode’s opening shot, Hester took a seat, looked straight into the camera and let his trademark cry echo through the homes of everyone who eagerly awaited his unlikely return from a two-season hiatus and highly publicized feud with A&E. And as he burst into a maniacal laugh before the opening montage rolled, there was no doubt about it. “The Man in Black” was indeed back, and the tension surrounding his return would dominate the majority of the show’s 30-minute season debut. → Keep Reading

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Top 12 College Towns for Commuting on Foot

By John Egan   

Ithaca NY

On his several-days-a-week walks to and from work in Ithaca, NY, Tom Knipe breathes in the scent of lavender plants during temperate months. Along his ¾-mile route between work and home, Knipe also spots creatures like otters, mink, turtles, ducks and heron. Or he stops to chat with friends and neighbors. During the winter, Knipe notices the “beautiful” changes in the ice patterns in Cascadilla Creek as the water freezes and thaws.

“I typically walk when the weather makes it uncomfortable or less practical to ride my bike. So, during the winter months when there is lots of snow on the ground, I tend to walk to work on average three out of five days a week,” said Knipe, the tourism coordinator for Tompkins County, NY. → Keep Reading

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Exclusive: What’s Next for Brandon and Lori Bernier After ‘Storage Hunters’ Cancellation?

By Deb Hipp   August 11, 2014

Brandon and Lori Bernier

Brandon and Lori Bernier made a living as bidders at storage auctions for 15 years before reality shows like TruTV’s “Storage Hunters” convinced cable TV viewers that treasures await crafty bidders in the most unlikely storage units.

The Berniers, the stars of “Storage Hunters,” spent four drama-filled seasons bidding against a cast of oddball characters intent on outbidding and outsmarting “Team Brandori,” the couple’s television moniker. Now, it looks like Brandon and Lori Bernier are heading toward new entertainment ventures. → Keep Reading

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