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Exciting Times for Self Storage

Sep 16, 2011

by Silvia Pendleton, Director of Marketing and Membership

These truly are exciting times for the Self Storage industry.  Just look at how far we’ve come as an industry!  The Texas Self Storage Association (TSSA), for example, is celebrating 25 years of providing service, education and guidance to self storage owners.   That’s quite a milestone for any business. 

The current issue of TSSA’s magazine, Self-Storage News, includes a “History of Self Storage – From Storage Doors to Storage Wars.”  We’ve come a long way from the first facility built in 1964 using garage style doors.  Who would’ve believed that, not one but two, television series would feature self-storage auctions?!  Self storage has gone main stream with a web-based series, in it's second season, that (unfortunately) features the adventures of two women living in a storage unit.  Storage often pops up on television and has permeated the collective consciousness – it’s no longer an unknown concept.

To further prove this point we need look no further than the Wine & Design Showcase being held at STORE Self Storage & Wine Storage in Palm Beach.  The event features interior designers, area businesses and legislators - at a self storage facility, no less!  Yes, we have come a long way as an industry.

Self storage has even made the cut for the Small Business Administration and is finally eligible for financing through their loan programs.  When I first started looking into self storage as a business in 2002, the SBA reps would just shake their heads and send me on my way.  My, how times have changed. 

The previous owners of my facility referred to the units as sheds and operated out of a portable building set up on cinder blocks.  They marveled at our bold plan to fence the perimeter and install automatic gates.  These simple amenities are now the norm, even in our sleepy little lakeside community.  I’m looking forward to seeing the look on their faces when we install wine storage!

I hope you’ll be taking your own retrospective journey – whether you’ve been in the business for 25 years, seven years or just one – at TSSA’s annual convention and trade show on October 16-18 in Austin.  There’s just no better way to stay abreast of the changes, and this convention is shaping up to be a special celebration.  We've even got a commemorative T-shirt design contest going on.  Have you voted for your favorite design yet? 

Just think - a few years, from now, you'll be able to look back and say, "I remember when we were still debating the usefulness of social media for self-storage."  See you in Austin!

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