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December 2011

World Records – Bizarre Collections

World Records  –  Bizarre Collections

Everyone’s collected something at some point in their life. Sometimes finding your passion is as easy as looking around and saving the item that has always fascinated you. But, have you ever wondered what some of weirdest and largest collections people have created? We’ve compiled a list of the wackiest and largest collections from around the world that are all record breakers. How do your collections measure up? 1. Navel Fluff – Australian, Graham Barker has been collecting his own belly button lint since 1984, categorizing it by years in 4 jars. It all started when he wanted to find out how much fluff a person produces and how much it would take to fill a cushion. Barker plans to continue growing his collection, the largest in the world, until he’s no longer physically able to collect his own fluff. […]

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Securing your stock over the holiday period

Securing your stock over the holiday period

Did you know – 1.3 million people sell full time on eBay? That’s a lot of people with a lot of stock currently being stored in their personal property. If you’re one of them, then spare a thought for what you’re going to do over the festive season if you’re going away… It seems this year it’s not just Santa Claus who could be coming down your chimney. According to The Guardian Crime Figures, burglaries are already up 14% on last year. If you don’t want to let thieves fill their stocking with your stock, then why not consider putting it in temporary self storage over Christmas with Big Yellow Self Storage? One of the benefits of Big Yellow Self Storage is the flexibility. You can store from as little as seven days and you only pay for the space […]

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Perfect Wines for Christmas!

Perfect Wines for Christmas!

Want to find out what wines go well with your Turkey? Need to choose the perfect tipple for your mince pies? Look no further. The Big Yellow blog spoke to Matt, Big Yellow’s wine storage expert about finding the crispest whites and the boldest reds to accompany your festive season… BYSS BLOG: We’re thinking of inviting our friends over the night before Christmas, what wine would you recommend as the warm up to the big event? MATT: Take it easy on Christmas Eve – there’s no good done by peaking too early and waking up on Christmas morning with a sore head. I try to stick to wines that are light in body and low in alcohol, these two are perfect: Domaine Carneros Brut, Carneros, California, 2007 £19.99 from www.thepurveyor.com Domaine Carneros is owned by the Champagne house Taittinger who […]

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  • 14th December 2011
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Pets for Christmas!

Pets for Christmas!

Planning on having family and friends plus their pets stay this Christmas? For those of you who don’t have pets of your own and are entertaining someone who’s bringing theirs with them, here are some helpful hints on how to ensure you’re prize possessions stay safe while the pet feels at home. 1. Organise It’s worth planning ahead when it comes to your possessions. If you don’t want something knocked over, played with or covered in fur, make sure it’s safely out of the way. If you don’t have any extra room or have packed away special breakables, Big Yellow Self Storage can help keep your things safe from a little as £7 a week. It’s also best to keep shoes, boots, and bags out of sight to avoid pet teeth marks imprinting on your favourite pair of shoes or […]

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  • 13th December 2011
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Christmas day – Making the most of your space

Christmas day – Making the most of your space

It’s that time of year again and with Christmas rapidly approaching, families are beginning to sort out holiday plans. Who’s playing host? Where will all the children sleep? How to keep the in-laws happy? What causes many people stress over the holidays is how to comfortably fit and entertain all guests in their home. Make sure everyone enjoys the festive season by reading our top tips on how to ensure your guests have the perfect stay and how you can knock one less worry off your holiday to-do-list. Beforehand 1. De-clutter First things first; you’ve got a few weeks to go before the big day so use this time wisely. It’s time to make a little extra room in your life. Having a general clean out will instantly give you more space to work with when preparing to entertain the […]

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  • 8th December 2011
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Loft Conversion

Loft Conversion

Remember that room in the house that you never use? Which room you say? You know, the big one with lots of space, also known as the loft! That’s right, the loft, and all it takes to utilise this space is a loft conversion. By doing this you will not only increase the space in your home, but will add to the house price, meaning although it may be an expensive cost upfront, you’ll more than make this back on sale. There are a few types of loft conversions for you to consider. Your decision should not only be on the style of your roof, but your budget, planning restrictions and preference. Types of popular loft conversions include: 1. Velux: Velux windows are installed within the existing line of the roof. The structure of the roof is not changed and […]

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  • 6th December 2011
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Top Tips: having a green Christmas

Top Tips: having a green Christmas

We produce more rubbish at Christmas than during any other time of the year! So amongst all the mince pies and cracker jokes, why not spare a thought for what all this festive fun might be doing to our environment. Big Yellow Self Storage have some tips to help you have an eco-friendly Christmas this year to help ease that post-Christmas guilt. Use a real Christmas tree While an artificial tree may be more convenient to pull out every year they are not the greener choice. They’re made from plastic which is not recyclable or from a renewable source. Real trees not only look and smell more authentic they also help to remove carbon from the atmosphere while they are growing. So supporting the business of Christmas tree farms is important to the environment! After your tree has been fully […]

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  • 5th December 2011
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Big Yellow Self Storage Armadillo teams up with Radio Bauer’s national charity; Cash for Kids.

Big Yellow Self Storage Armadillo teams up with Radio Bauer’s national charity; Cash for Kids.

This year Big Yellow Self Storage Armadillo are once again doing the Christmas toy appeal to ensure that no child, wherever they are this Christmas, doesn’t wake up on Christmas morning without a present. This is the third year running that we have been heavily involved in cash for kids toy appeal. We provide not only the storage space but act as a donation station and even volunteer our time to sort and help distribute the presents. We have donated 150sqft for 6 weeks; however also have given an ongoing 80sqft room throughout the year. Meaning this year we have donated the equivalent of £2618.00 of space for FREE. This year is promising to be even more successful than the last year, and we will also be decorating a small area of our branch into a special Christmas grotto to […]

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  • 1st December 2011
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Staying on Budget for Christmas

Staying on Budget for Christmas

‘Tis the season to be jolly – fa la la la la…or is it more the season to be stressing that this month’s pay check might not quite stretch to that perfect Christmas you have been dreaming about? Well fear not, Big Yellow Self Storage are here with some great tips to help you have a merry and economical Christmas. 1. Get creative Why not get creative this Christmas and save a few pennies by making your own cards. Recycle last year’s cards and turn them into this year’s cards. Simply cut out the decorative part of the card (you could also use wrapping paper) and attach it to plain cardboard. Use markers, glitter and whatever else you fancy to spruce it up. If you are feeling particularly arty you can try making your own festive pop-up card in the […]

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