Winter is here in Egg Harbor Township, NJ and it’s time to embrace the snow! But with the change in temperature, it’s important to make sure your belongings are protected from the harsh weather conditions. That’s where self storage comes in! Our climate-controlled units ensure that your items stay safe and sound, no matter the weather outside. Plus, with easy access and flexible rental options, you can enjoy your winter wonderland without any worries. Don’t let the cold ruin your belongings – trust us to keep them in tip-top condition this winter! Stop in the office the next time you are in and leave a review with the managers in our testimonial book! Looking forward to seeing you out and about, in this chilly weather! Stay warm! Our office hours Monday through Friday 8am to 6pm, Saturday 8am to 5pm and Sunday 9am to 3pm. Access hours remain Mon-Sunday 6am to 9pm.
Hello All! Summer is now here and it is time to let the backyard party season begin! I am having my in-laws over next weekend and we are having a big party in the backyard. I have to the menu ready to go, but setting up the backyard is going to be the biggest effort. We have a smaller yard so we have to be mindful about the equipment we are going to need keep our guests well taken care of. Things I’ll be pulling out of storage this week:
1.) Our lawn mower, weed whacker, and hedge trimmer. To be honest, the only time we ever fully manicure the lawn is when we have company.
2.) The Smoker- for the brisket AND the regular grill for the hot dogs and chicken!
3.) Sprinklers & Super Soakers for my son and my nephew, they are the only kiddos attending the party, so they get free reign of the supplies. Some of the adults are big kids at heart, I am sure there will be a war.
Oversize Flower Pots- so I can run to the local garden market and plant some red, white and blue flowers, VERY last minute, so my yard looks festive!
Canopy Tent, Tables & Chairs- Our relatives are all older and need to stay out of the direct sun, so we need to keep them in the shade and set up some fans. I have about 6 folding chairs, so they are going to have to bring what they have to help!
Large Camping Coolers- to fill with the beverages- I have about 10 kinds of soda in my trunk right now, and I need to keep them all cold.
So thankful that we have a place to keep all these things during the fall, winter and spring seasons! As always it’ll be so nice seeing the managers and yard support on my visit to my storage unit. Happy Backyard party season from The Storage Inn.
Mr. Nick is one busy storage unit renter
So, it’s the day before Christmas here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey – Almost time for my annual visit from one of our biggest customers, Mr. Nick. Mr. Nick’s been a storage unit tenant with us for as long as anyone can remember. He’s an unusual guy – older – the outdoorsy type – from up North somewhere. You know, big bushy beard, wears a lot of red flannel shirts with suspenders. That sort of thing.
Mr. Nick has seven of our extra large storage spaces with the extra high ceilings. He stops in every year around this time to let us know that even though he’ll be emptying out the storage units, he’s not moving out.
Mr. Nick is certainly a bit on the eccentric side and I’m assuming pretty wealthy since he’s mentioned renting storage units like ours all over the world. Each year right around Christmas time, his crew pulls in with a couple of giant, red S.C. Moving and Storage vans, and empties out out all seven of his storage spaces. The funny thing is, beginning in January, I’ll see his helpers back again and on a monthly basis, refilling the storage units with electronics, toys, sporting goods, and all sorts of goodies.
This year I decided to have a little chat with his crew. Nice guys – unusually short, but very well mannered and hard workers too. They all refer to Mr. Nick as “The big guy” which is quite true in height and around the waist line.
While his helpers were in the yard the other day, I decided to be a little nosey.
“Excuse me guys. Just curious. What type of business is Mr. Nick in if you don’t mind me asking?” I questioned.
“Import/export” replied one of his of helpers.
“Oh, so he buys and then resells things” I asked.
“No, no – He gives it all away!” answered a particularly short man, who appeared to be the leader of the crew.
“Wow, really? That’s great – a wealthy philanthropist!” I gushed.
“I guess you could say that, but the big guy really doesn’t care about money – He just likes to make people happy!” came a high pitched voice from behind a pile of toys.
If that don’t beat all I thought to myself. I tipped my Storage Inn hat and wished Mr. Nick’s crew a good day and Happy Holidays. I walked back to the rental office thinking about my conversation with Mr. Nick’s helpers. Hmmmm, I thought – Puzzling. A guy from up North, with a bushy white beard, dressed in all red, with an import/ export charitable organization?… who collects toys and other goodies throughout the year, only to give them away at Christmas time? If I didn’t know any better I would guess he’s… omg…. I think I know what the “S. C.” in S. C. Moving and Storage stands for! Happy Holidays from The Storage Inn!
Why do we celebrate Labor Day?
Here we are – it’s Labor Day weekend, and I get an extra day off from my job helping folks rent storage space for residential storage and commercial storage at The Storage Inn! Summer is almost over, and the kids are going back to school, so let’s take this weekend to relax and barbeque! But what is Labor Day and why do we celebrate it? Here is a quick look at the meaning and history of Labor Day…
Labor Day can be traced back to a parade organized by New York City union leaders in 1882. In those days, unions were mostly concerned with getting their members a fair wage, decent working conditions, and a decent work schedule. The parade was held on Tuesday, September 5th, and billed as a “Monster Labor Festival”. Few people showed up that morning, and organizers were beginning to worry that workers were reluctant to give up a day’s wages to join the rally, but soon workers began flowing in from across the city. By the end of the day, over 10,000 people had marched in the parade, and joined in the after parade festivities, in what the press dubbed, “a day of the people”.
Let’s make it official
Annual festivities to honor the nation’s workers spread quickly across the country, but Labor Day didn’t become an official holiday for more than a decade. In 1887 Oregon became the first state to make Labor Day an official holiday quickly followed by states like New York, Massachusetts and Colorado.
Prompted by the growing awareness of the labor movement across the United States, President Grover Cleveland made Labor Day an official holiday in 1896.
Take Time to Remember
So whether you’re a CEO, a waiter, or work in the storage rental industry like me, take time this weekend, between the beach and fireworks, to remember what Labor Day is all about. Just think…without the historic efforts of the of the labor movement throughout U.S. history, we would all be working on the first Monday of September!
The New Year is here, and we here at The Storage Inn Self Storage in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, are experiencing some of the coldest weather in recent memory. Luckily for our storage space customers, we’ve unboxed the long johns and stocked up on lock de-icer to help them through this cold snap! I asked one of our rental customers, who also happens to be a police officer, what he found to be the biggest problem during cold weather like this. Without hesitating, he said “fires caused by people trying to keep warm using space heaters, or other inventive methods. We all want to be warm, but we have to be safe too.”
On that note, here are some tips from our local Police and Fire departments on staying safe and warm during extreme cold!
Layers, Layers, Layers!
It might seem obvious, but piling on a few extra layers is a great way to stay warm, especially if you have to be outside. Keeping your core warm is especially important when temperatures dip below freezing. Air gets trapped between the layers of clothing, and is heated by your body, allowing you to stay warmer than with one heavy garment..
Eat to Keep the Heat
You already know that eating healthy in the winter can help to fend off colds and the flu, but did you know it might help keep you warm, too? Eating extra healthy fats during the winter can help rev up metabolism, which in turn heats the body.
If your New Year’s resolution was to drop a few pounds, don’t worry – you can always skip the extra fat and try eating warmer foods and drinks including soups, spicy foods, hot coffee and teas to fend off the chill!
It May Seem like a Good Idea, but…..
Although alcoholic beverages might make you feel warm, they actually decrease your core temperature and can be dangerous during winter months.
Alcohol actually reverses some reflexes that control body temperature, especially the body’s ability to shiver. Alcohol can also make you sweat, even when it is cold, which can lower core temperatures even more. Save the cocktail until you’re in for the night!
Keep your Fingers and Toes Toasty
Hypothermia is most likely to begin in extremities like your hands and feet, so keeping your fingers and toes warm is important. Whether you’re walking to work or just around the block, make sure to wear sturdy, insulated shoes that will help prevent slips on slick surfaces and keep your feet dry. Also wear insulated gloves or mittens.
Give your Space Heater some Space!
Space heaters are a great way to add extra heat to colder rooms, but always remember to keep flammable items including clothing, rugs, bedding and curtains at least three feet away from the heater at all times. Also remember to place the heater on a hard, non-flammable, stable surface and to turn it off completely before leaving the house. Set a reminder on your phone if you’re afraid you’ll forget.
Don’t Forget our Furry Friends
Always remember to bring pets inside when temperatures begin to drop. You might be jealous of your dog or cat’s fur coat when temperatures drop, but they need to be kept warm too. Limit the length of their walks, particularly on snowy or icy surfaces.
Keep an Eye on the Fire
It’s easy to snooze in front of a roaring fire, but always make sure that fireplace embers are completely out before going to bed for the night.
Wood fireplaces should always have a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs.
Keep Important Phone Numbers Handy
Heavy snow and ice can settle on power lines and cause power outages. Write down utility numbers and have them handy during a storm in case you need to report an outage or incident.
Check in on Elderly Friends and Neighbors
Here are a few things you can check:
Do they have heat in the home?
Do they have hot water?
Are all their appliances working properly?
Are their pipes, sprinkler system and faucets protected against freezing?
Is their phone operational?
Do they have the phone number of someone they can call for minor emergencies? Yours?
Please don’t wait until something tragic happens. Take a few minutes to help a neighbor. It’s well worth your time.
So, there you are – some great tips to help you deal with the cold weather. From the staff here at The Storage Inn, have a Warm, Safe and Happy New Year!
Cool Facts about Thanksgiving
It’s a beautiful fall day here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey, and Thanksgiving is this week! Ahhh, Thanksgiving – a day for family visits, football, and overeating! I conducted a random poll of our self storage customers regarding Thanksgiving and found that while everyone seems to like the food, mostly the men like football, and everyone seems to have mixed emotions about the family visits. As one of our long time storage unit renters, Jim put it, “I love to see my relatives for Thanksgiving, then I love to see them leave!”
As a service to our readers, the staff here at The Storage Inn has rounded up a few very cool facts about Thanksgiving, some of which might come in handy during those awkward silences at the family dinner table.
Thomas Jefferson Nixes Thanksgiving!
George Washington was the first to declare Thanksgiving a holiday, but it was on a year-to-year basis, so presidents had to re-declare it every year. Jefferson refused to declare it a holiday during his presidency because he fervently believed in the separation of church and state and thought that the day of “prayer” violated the First Amendment.
It wasn’t until 1863, when Abraham Lincoln proclaimed Thanksgiving a federal holiday, that it was officially scheduled to fall on the fourth Thursday of every November.
It’s a zoo out there!
The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York took place in 1914, when Macy’s employees dressed in vibrant costumes and marched to the flagship store on 34th Street. The parade used floats instead of balloons, and it featured monkeys, bears, camels, and elephants, all borrowed from the Central Park Zoo.
The parade was also originally called the Macy’s Christmas Parade but was renamed the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in 1927. Macy’s originally hoped their “Christmas parade” would get their shoppers ready for big holiday shopping sprees.
Three small towns in America are named after the nation’s favorite bird. The towns are Turkey, Texas; Turkey, North Carolina; and Turkey Creek, Louisiana. There are also two townships in Pennsylvania called Upper Turkeyfoot and Lower Turkeyfoot.
“Jingle Bells” was originally a Thanksgiving song
James Pierpoint composed the song in 1857 for children celebrating Thanksgiving. The title was “One Horse Open Sleigh,” and it was such a hit that it was sung again at Christmas.
The song quickly became associated with the Christmas holiday season, and the title was officially changed in 1859, two years later.
Ben Franklin – Turkey Lover
Benjamin Franklin thought Eagles were “a bird of bad moral character.”
Franklin thought the Turkey was a “much more respectable bird.”
The Detroit Lions always play on Thanksgiving
The first NFL football game that took place on Thanksgiving Day was in 1934, when the Detroit Lions played the Chicago Bears. The Lions have played on Thanksgiving ever since, except when the team was called away to serve during World War II. The Dallas Cowboys also always play on Thanksgiving. Their first Thanksgiving Day game was held in 1966, and the Cowboys have only missed two games since then.
The night before Thanksgiving is Party Time!
The Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the best day for bar sales in America. It makes sense, since nearly all Americans have Thanksgiving off, and dealing with family members can be very stressful. (But at least stuffing your face with fatty Thanksgiving foods is a perfect hangover cure.)
Thanksgiving by “Hungry Man”
In 1953 Swanson Foods overestimated the demand for turkey by over 260 tons. The owners of the company had no idea what to do with all the leftovers, so they ordered 5,000 aluminum trays and loaded them with the turkey leftovers to create the first TV dinner.
In 1939, Franklin Roosevelt changed the date of Thanksgiving from the last Thursday in November to the second-to-last in an attempt to lift the economy during the Great Depression, by giving people more time to shop for Christmas. It caused such a public outcry that people began referring to it as “Franksgiving.” After two years, Congress ditched the new policy and set the fourth Thursday of November as the legal holiday.
Minnesota – The Turkey State!
Minnesota produces more turkeys than any other state in America. The state produced about 44.5 million birds last year, North Carolina, Arkansas, Indiana, and Missouri are also top producers.
A Turkey Saved….
The White House has a tradition of pardoning one lucky turkey each year. The annual tradition began in 1947 with President Harry Truman although some think that it actually started in the 1860’s with Abraham Lincoln, after his son Tad begged him to spare his pet turkey’s life.
Despite these two theories of the origins of the pardon, George H. W. Bush was the first president to officially grant a turkey a presidential pardon, according to The New York Times.
Okay – now that you have some cool Thanksgiving facts, courtesy of The Storage Inn, you are ready to face your relatives on Thanksgiving! Feel free to pepper these unique facts throughout the dinner conversation, and give yourself a presidential pardon allowing you to have a second slice of pumpkin pie – Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
It’s been a cold and blustery start to November in South Jersey, but things at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, are as busy as ever. Yesterday our rental office was buzzing with new customers securing storage units or buying packing supplies, as well as current self storage customers just stopping in to check grab items from their units.
In the middle of all the hustle and bustle in strolled a young man in uniform. I recognized him instantly! It was my nephew, Ryan, on his way home and on leave from the Army, just in time for Veterans Day weekend.
I came around the counter and gave him a big handshake and hug! “You here to store the Army’s arsenal of equipment at The Storage Inn?” I asked laughing.
He just grinned and said,”You would need a lot more space than you’ve got here!”. We had a nice conversation after which we both laughed and promised to visit again before he returned to base.
That got me thinking, I wonder just how much equipment the US military would actually have to store? I did some research…
The U.S. Military has over 2,000,000 personnel including active and reserve! (We won’t be storing personnel)
Total Aircraft Strength – 13,362. Including over 4,000 fighter and attack aircraft and nearly 6,000 helicopters!
5,884 Combat tanks
38,882 Armored fighting vehicles
950 self-propelled artillery vehicles
795 pieces of Towed Artillery
1,197 Rocket Projectors
20 Aircraft Carriers
13 Patrol vessels
So there you have it, the latest published inventory of our United States armed forces equipment.
I saw my nephew Ryan at a family gathering last night and showed him my research, very proud of my facts and figures. He stared at it for a moment, looked up at me and grinned and said “Uncle Jerry, this is just the stuff that you’re allowed to know about”. We laughed as I thanked him for his service, and gave him a big hug before heading home.
Well, my research has certainly taught me one thing… Even though The Storage Inn is the largest self storage facility in the EHT area, we would need a pretty significant major expansion to store all of the military’s items. Happy Veterans Day!
Ah, Fall! Leaves are turning brilliant colors, and there is a nip in the air! As the manager of The Storage Inn self storage in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey, I also notice something else this time of year – customers pulling their holiday decorations out of their self storage units. Today I noticed Mrs. Wilcott taking Halloween decorations out of her storage space, including a large ceramic Jack O’Lantern. This got me to thinking – “what are jack-o-lanterns, and where did they come from?” – So I did a bit of research, and here is what I found…
So where did Jack-o-lanterns Come From?
Jack-o’-lanterns have been around for centuries, and it all began with an Irish myth. According to Legend, a man nicknamed Stingy Jack invited the devil to have a drink with him. True to his name, Jack did not want to pay, and persuaded the devil to turn himself into a coin to pay for the drinks. Once the devil had made the transformation, Jack decided that he wanted to keep the coin, and placed it into his pocket next to a cross, which prevented the devil from changing back into his original form. Eventually Jack realized that although he had the coin, he could not spend it without allowing the Devil to change back to his original form, and exact his revenge – so he made a deal. Jack would allow the devil to reclaim his original form so long as the devil would never claim his soul.
According to the legend, when Jack finally died, God would not allow him into heaven based on his less-than-stellar behavior on Earth. The Devil, still upset by the trick that Jack had played on him, and in keeping to his promise not to claim Jack’s soul, would not allow Jack into hell. Instead he sent Jack off into the dark night with only a burning coal to light his way. Legend has it that Jack placed the coal into a carved-out turnip, and has been roaming the Earth, trying to find his way home ever since.
The Irish originally referred to this ghostly figure as “Jack of the lantern”, but eventually shortened it to “Jack-o’-Lantern”. The original Jack o lanterns made in Ireland and Scotland, were made by carving scary faces into turnips or potatoes, and placing them in windows or near doors to frighten away Stingy Jack, and any other evil spirits that might be lurking. When immigrants from these countries finally arrived in America, they found that pumpkins, which were native to America, were perfect for making Jack-o-lanterns – and so the tradition of the American pumpkin Jack O’Lantern was born!
Storage prices that even Stingy Jack would love?
If you’re a holiday enthusaist who needs a storage solution to keep all your holiday decorations stored safe and sound, then stop by one our Storage Inn locations in either Egg Harbor Township New Jersey or Ocean City New Jersey. Our friendly staff will be happy to scare up some storage space for you at a cheap storage unit price that even ole Stingy Jack might like!
Throughout September here at The Storage Inn Self Storage in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey our storage customers have been stowing their summer items, and removing some of their cool weather gear from their storage rental units.
Yesterday, as I was checking-in one of our moving trucks for rent when I noticed one of our awesome customers, Amy, at the security gate. Amy and her husband own one of the local Chick-fil-A franchises – very nice people.
”How’s the chicken business?” I yelled.
“ Very busy,” she yelled back.
“We have a lot of specials going for National Chicken Month”.
I just smiled and waved as she made her way past the gate and toward her rental unit. Not knowing whether to believe the “National Chicken Month” thing, I decided to do some investigating…
September is indeed National Chicken Month !
Look around America — Chicken’s everywhere! Whether it’s broiled, baked, fried or added to our soup, we can’t seem to get enough. In fact, Smithsonian Magazine recently called chicken “the ubiquitous food of our era, crossing multiple cultural boundaries with ease.” Still, we don’t often stop to appreciate this delicious protein source.
“Secret blend of herbs and spices” – The first Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) was established in North Corbin, Kentucky.
The American creation of chicken Cordon Bleu made its debut as an airline food.
July 29, 1977
The first National Chicken Wing Day – Guess which city came up with this. Hint: Ever heard of “Buffalo” wings?
“I’m lovin’ it.” McDonald’s introduces their chicken nuggets.
HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL CHICKEN MONTH!
Host a chicken potluck
Invite some friends over. The only requirement here is that every dish should incorporate chicken in some way.
Go out for chicken and waffles
Whether dining out for chicken and waffles on Sunday is part of your weekly routine, or if you’ve never even tried it before, National Chicken Month is the perfect time to order a plate of this sweet and savory goodness.
Learn a new recipe
There are seemingly endless ways to prepare chicken, so during this month, make it a point to learn how to make a recipe you’ve never tried before. It’s always fun to add a new dish to your repertoire.
5 FINGER LICKIN’ CHICKEN FACT NUGGETS
1. The average American eats around 83 pounds of chicken per year.
2. Chicken is the most widely consumed form of poultry throughout the entire world.
3. In 2019, over 1.25 billion chicken wings were consumed during Super Bowl weekend.
4. For chicken soup manufacturers, cold and flu season generates over half of their revenue.
5. Over half of the entrées ordered in U.S. restaurants are for some form of chicken dish.
WHY WE LOVE CHICKEN
Chicken’s easy to find
Check out just about any grocery store or restaurant menu, and you’re sure to find chicken somewhere. It’s practically always available and affordable.
Chicken’s good for your brain
Chicken is high in Vitamin B, which is linked to promoting psychological health. This essential nutrient also helps fight off anxiety, stress, and even memory loss.
People all over the world have unique and authentic ways to prepare poultry, so whether you’re in the mood for chicken fried rice, chicken marsala, or crispy fried chicken, your taste buds are in for a treat.
So there you have it. A few informative “chicken nuggets” related to National Chicken Month, courtesy of The Storage Inn. Now get out there and celebrate, and if your in the neighborhood, I’ll have an order of hot wings with extra celery and bleu cheese please!
Remembering the Real Meaning of Memorial Day
Memorial Day weekend is finally upon us, and the yard is buzzing here at The Storage Inn in Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey. People are visiting their storage units, retrieving their barbecue grills and beach chairs in preparation for the big weekend. As I watch the busy storage yard activity, it occurs to me that many of our tenants and quite a few of our employees are veterans.
Oftentimes we so get wrapped up in big holiday weekend plans with BBQs and beach time, that we forget the real reason for many holidays, including Memorial Day – A day to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. To help put things in perspective, below are casualty statistics from the greatest battles in US history.
Highest Casualty Battles in U.S.History
- Battle of Meuse-Argonne World War I: 26,277
- Battle of the Bulge (WW2) 19,276
- Battle of Okinawa (WW2) 12,513
- Battle of Gettysburg (Civil) 7,863
- Battle of Guadalcanal (WW2) 7,099
- Battle of Iwo Jima (WW2) 6,821
- Antietam (Civil) 3,654
- Battle of Shiloh (Civil) 3,482
- Bull Run II (Civil) 3,000
- Battle of Saipan (WW2) 2,949
Some famous battles that do not make the list:
Dec. 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor: 2,403
Tet Offensive Vietnam War: 1536
Invasion of Normandy (WW2) 1,465
So, as you’re biting into that hamburger, and cooling off with a cold one, take a moment to remember those who gave their lives, to preserve our American way of life. Have a great Memorial Day weekend, and God Bless America!