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Did You See it? Self Storage on Pretty Little Liars

Did You See it? Self Storage on Pretty Little Liars

Last month we talked about Project Runway‘s fashionable use of storage units, and this time we’re excited to talk about a show that’s had characters using storage since it began: Pretty Little Liars. We all know that Pretty Little Liars fans have eagle eyes, and with the liars’ commitment to keeping things hidden, the question isn’t so much “did you see the storage unit?” as it is “…could that even happen?” That’s why we’re here to talk about self storage in Rosewood, PA. Viewers won’t soon forget that season five paid a lot of lip service to a storage unit rented in Hanna Marin’s name, but we actually encounter a storage unit long before that–that’s right, season one! Do you remember it?   Alison’s Storage Unit In Pretty Little Liars‘ first season, Emily discovers a key taped to the bottom of a snow globe that had been given to her by Ali, only hours before Alison’s disappearance. That key opens (you guessed it!) a storage unit which contains a single lunch box, and the lunchbox is home to a flash drive that’s chock-full of uber-creepy NAT Club videos. The flash drive puts the girls in a pretty great position as teen sleuths–they really think they know their stuff with it in hand. In the end, as is always the way, the NAT videos answered a few questions and led to about a billion more (Is no one vetting future Rosewood police officers at all? Is Jenna the world’s largest creep and/or worst step-sister? Has Melissa ever aged? We may never know). But what we do know is how likely...
Did You See It? Self Storage on Project Runway

Did You See It? Self Storage on Project Runway

By Molly Hammond, StorageUnit.com While renting a storage unit might not be your most glamorous purchase ever, the truth is that storage facilities can be big-time stars! In fact, they’re often seen on television shows and movies, from well-known moments like Walter White’s pallets of cash, to instances that fly under the radar—did you realize Silence of the Lambs relies on a storage facility almost immediately? Frequently, storage units are used in popular culture for nefarious purposes—things that would simply never fly at a respectable facility—or as the backdrops to auction shows that are less than popular in the industry. That’s why we’re making it our mission to scout out storage units on TV and dish the dirt; how were they used? Is that even possible or just movie magic? And more than that: was it fabulous? In the case of our first storage feature, the answer is a resounding “yes!” A few months ago, season 13 of Project Runway was well under way when episode 11 presented a special sartorial challenge to the designers. The designers meet mentor Tim Gunn at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, where he stands in front of a number of storage containers. Paired into three teams at the hands of the famous button bag, the designers are told that they’ll be given $500 to bid on the storage units—and will then be designing cohesive looks using only the contents of the lockers. Five units and three teams mean that at least one team will have more than one unit to work with, though the designers are still skeptical about what materials they’ll be able to...
3 Things You Never Knew About Columbia, SC

3 Things You Never Knew About Columbia, SC

By Molly Hammond, StorageUnit.com Making a move to a new city or state can be as daunting as it is exhilarating. After all, you already know all the best stuff about your current home, but now you’ve got a clean slate to fill up with experiences in your new location! So whether you’re moving to South Carolina or simply taking a few days off in Columbia, we think there are a handful of things you should know—and we aren’t talking facts and figures, but the really good stuff! 1. Gold is the New BBQ It’s no shock that Columbia is home to some amazing southern barbecue. But what might surprise foodies more familiar with Kansas City’s thick, sweet sauce, or Memphis’ patented dry rub and tangy sauce combo, or anything that comes out of Texas, is the fact that South Carolina’s signature sauce is bright yellow. The sauce is mustard-based, rather than the more traditional ketchup base, and the balancing sweetness comes from cane sugar rather than molasses. Often called Columbia Gold or Carolina Gold, this sauce is really only found in a swath of central South Carolina, including Columbia. Carolina Gold is most often served on pork of any variety, but it’s at its best on a pulled pork sandwich. For true Columbia ‘cue, locals point to Little Pigs Barbecue, Maurice’s Piggie Park, and Hite’s Bar-B-Que but those are only a few of the many, and there’s really no way to go wrong! 2. No Pro, No Problem Sorry, sports fans, but South Carolina is home to zero major professional franchises. However, that doesn’t mean there’s no game in...
Campaign Against Clutter: Woodworking Tools

Campaign Against Clutter: Woodworking Tools

By Molly Hammond, StorageUnit.com In the era of Pinterest, upcycling, and DIY, woodworking is an increasingly popular hobby. Handcrafting furniture and other beautiful wooden pieces gives the woodworker financial and creative control over a finished product, and it’s fun! As with any home improvement hobby, though, it doesn’t take long before woodworking gear can take up a ton of space, and for apartment dwellers without sheds or garages to dedicate to their hobby, it can be a real problem. The Situation What started as a single set of end tables has grown with your talent for woodworking—to the tune of a large workbench complete with clamps, files, routers, and saws (circular, jigsaw, and hand saws), and an entire station for sanding, staining, and finishing. Since it’s just not practical to keep this kind of equipment on hand in a garage full of cars or an apartment, something’s got to be done…and it’s definitely not giving up the workshop.   The Solution: Set Up Shop in a Storage Unit As long as you find a storage unit with electrical outlets, you can create an entire woodworking studio away from home. Having a space that’s dedicated solely to woodworking ensures that each project gets the space it deserves. Gone are the days of trying to quick dry pieces on balconies or back decks—simply lay down a tarp in your unit and come back when the stain is set! No more pushing saw horses and buckets of shavings to the back of your garage just to get the van inside. You can arrange your space however you like and leave all of your...
3 Things You Never Knew About San Diego

3 Things You Never Knew About San Diego

By Molly Hammond, StorageUnit.com California’s second largest city is certainly no secret, but there’s more to “America’s Finest City” than beaches and the zoo! Moving to San Diego is a popular decision, as proven by the area’s incredibly low rental vacancy rates. If you’re looking at San Diego for more than just a visit, it’s a good idea to jump on the property that calls to you, or your search may take longer than you planned. Either way, using self storage to stow your belongings until you can get settled can make the process easier, especially if your relocation means less living space for you in this high-demand real estate market. If you do make the move, you’ll have a lot to explore. San Diego, the area that reportedly began the settling of California, is a city packed with history and things to do, but there is even more to discover just a short drive from the city. Did you know about these perks of living in Ron Burgundy’s home town? 1. Beauty and Blocks Though locations in Carlsbad, California have their own identity (and Carlsbad address), this seaside city is a part of the San Diego metropolitan area, and home to some really cool stuff. Just a short drive away from San Diego proper, you can spend the day in Carlsbad’s LEGOLAND California Resort, the first LEGOLAND in America. If, somehow, a LEGO-themed amusement park doesn’t immediately grab your attention, know that there are different areas and attractions within the park, from roller coasters and dinosaurs to scale replicas of cities—all the way to a LEGO water park!  Plus, if you’re still upset about The LEGO Movie’s Oscar snub, you can start...