Five Collectibles That Could Actually Be Worth Something

From the charm of a china doll to the excitement of action figures, older toys are irresistible. These unique collectibles have the potential to become valuable assets, and Safeguard Self Storage is a great place to stash your treasures. Safeguard offers secure self storage units equipped with computer controlled access, individual storage unit door alarms, digital video recording and storage unit graphics with large display. Safeguard also provides climate controlled storage units that protect your favorite things from extreme temperatures so they are preserved as if stored in your home. So treat your collectibles with diligence and care, and your investment just might grow. Here are five vintage toys with wonderful potential.

1. Antique Dolls: These little ladies vary in age, and porcelain figures from the 1800s are worth an average of $700. Their younger cousins include the 1920s Madame Alexander line and often sell for $300. Barbie gets special attention in the collectors’ market with values that range from $300 to as much as $10,000.

2. Vintage Bikes: Yesterday’s favorite transport for kids often holds considerable value on today’s market. An antique model dating to the 1800s might sell for $900, and a classic Schwinn from the 1950s can fetch $400. Your small investment at the local garage sale has the potential to spin into a payoff on wheels.


3. Action Figures: From GI Joe to the Star Wars crew, these miniature characters enjoy a leading role on today’s collectible stage. With original packaging, they can be worth between $50 and $100, and they might be hiding in your attic. Whether your figures are Marvel, DC or Disney, they deserve the safety of secure self storage.

4. Cast Iron Toys: Dating from the late 1800s, these durable toys are a great investment. Their original packaging can ensure an annual appreciation of 15 percent, and that adds up on a coin bank or tiny car valued at several hundred dollars. Miniature planes, circus trains and fire trucks all have big potential.

5. Collectible Comics: First editions can sell for as much as $10,000, and the debut of new characters drives up the value of any series. These colorful collectibles represent a smart investment, but their paper construction makes them fragile even in protective sleeves. Your special comics are best kept in the security of climate controlled storage units.

Whether your collection revolves around vintage toys, rare stamps or unusual coins, condition is the key to preserving its value. Safeguard Self Storage offers the amenities you need while storing your treasures at an affordable price. Visit your neighborhood Safeguard Self Storage today and experience our smart storage solutions for your collectibles.

SafeGuard Self Storage Introduces Convenient Pay By Phone Option

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Safeguard Self Storage is always looking for ways to improve the self storage experience for our customers. With customer service and convenience at the forefront of our company mission, we are pleased to announce that we have added an additional option for Safeguard customers to manage their accounts. Pay By Phone Service is now available for Safeguard customers at all stores. Pay By Phone enables customers to obtain their account balances at no cost and pay their existing charges or future charges by telephone using a dedicated phone line for each store. This method will require a credit card, and a $10 processing fee is automatically applied to recoup our cost for the service.


The benefits of this system are increased options, efficiency and flexibility. Pay By Phone can help customers avoid late fees by giving them a convenient alternative payment option in the event that they cannot pay in-store or do not have access to a computer. As always, customers will still be able to pay their bills free of charge via the in-store payment method, auto ACH or credit card payment plans, and via our online payment portal, (Online payments require you to submit an active email address to your local store team.)

At Safeguard Self Storage, we value our customers’ time and loyalty, and it is our hope that this additional service option will help to make your lives a little easier. Should you have any questions about our new Pay By Phone offering, or any of our payment options, please contact your store manager.

For your convenience, please find a list below of our self storage locations and their pay by phone number and direct store number listed. We thank you for your continued patronage of Safeguard Self Storage.


Safeguard Self Storage of Metairie
3301 N. Causeway Blvd. Metairie, LA 70002

Safeguard Self Storage of Metairie
4009 North I-10 Service Road Metairie, LA 70002

Safeguard Self Storage of Marrero
6827 Lapalco Blvd. Marrero, LA 70072

Safeguard Self Storage of Harvey 
1001 Manhattan Blvd. Harvey, LA 70058

Safeguard Self Storage of Metairie 
6400 Riverside Drive Metairie, LA 70002

Safeguard Self Storage of New Orleans
919 Erato Street New Orleans, LA 70130

Safeguard Self Storage of Baton Rouge 
10811 Coursey Blvd. Baton Rouge, LA 70816

Safeguard Self Storage of Baton Rouge 
10770 Jefferson Hwy. Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Safeguard Self Storage of Fox Chase
1333 Rhawn Street Philadelphia, PA 19111

Safeguard Self Storage of Tacony
6371 Keystone Street Philadelphia, PA 19135

Safeguard Self Storage of Juniata
830 E. Hunting Park Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19124

Safeguard Self Storage of Germantown
6224 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19144

Safeguard Self Storage of Temple
1221 N. Broad Street Philadelphia, PA 19122

Safeguard Self Storage of Oak Lane
1499 66th Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19126

Safeguard Self Storage of Frankford
3300 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19134

Safeguard Self Storage of Coconut Creek 
3950 W Hillsboro Blvd. Coconut Creek, FL 33073

Safeguard Self Storage of Miramar 
7950 Riviera Blvd. Miramar, FL 33023

Safeguard Self Storage of Pompano Beach 
2571 N. Federal Hwy. Pompano Beach, FL 33064

Safeguard Self Storage of Tamarac 
6101 W. Commercial Blvd. Tamarac, FL 33319

Safeguard Self Storage of Perrine
17171 S. Dixie Highway Miami, FL 33157

Safeguard Self Storage of Miami 
16701 Park Centre Blvd. Miami, FL 33169

Safeguard Self Storage of West Miami
7691 NW 12th Street Miami, FL 33126

Safeguard Self Storage of Miami Design District
515 NW 36th Street Miami, FL 33127

Safeguard Self Storage of Coconut Grove
2650 S.W. 28th Lane Coconut Grove, FL 33133

Safeguard Self Storage of Hialeah
12000 NW 27th Ave. Miami, FL 33167

Safeguard Self Storage of Garfield
182 Belmont Ave. Garfield, NJ 07026

Safeguard Self Storage of Mountainside 
1096 US Hwy. 22 Mountainside, NJ 07092

Safeguard Self Storage of Elizabeth 
140 Spring Street (Rt. 1&9) Elizabeth, NJ 07201

Safeguard Self Storage of Holmdel 
2152 Route 35 Holmdel, NJ 07733

Safeguard Self Storage of Chicago 
1353 S. Wabash Ave Chicago, IL 60605

Safeguard Self Storage of Arlington Heights 
523 W Algonquin Road Arlington Heights, IL 60005

Safeguard Self Storage of Des Plaines 
2020 Mannheim Road  Des Plaines, IL 60018

Safeguard Self Storage of Palatine
1136 E. NW Hwy. Palatine, IL 60074

Safeguard Self Storage of Lombard 
638 E. St Charles Road Lombard, IL 60148

Safeguard Self Storage of Darien 
8131 Lemont Road Darien, IL 60561

Safeguard Self Storage of Lyons 
4310 1st Ave. Lyons, IL 60534

Safeguard Self Storage of Bridgeview 
9800 S. Harlem Ave. Bridgeview, IL 60455

Safeguard Self Storage of Addison 
21W379 Lake Street  Addison, IL 60101

Safeguard Self Storage of McCook
9001 West 47th Street McCook, IL 60525

Safeguard Self Storage of New Hyde Park 
115 New Hyde Park Rd. New Hyde Park, NY 11040

Safeguard Self Storage of Brooklyn 
2941 Atlantic Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11207

Safeguard Self Storage of Hewlett 
1176 Broadway Hewlett, NY 11557

Safeguard Self Storage of W. Hempstead 
45 Hempstead Turnpike W. Hempstead, NY 11552

Safeguard Self Storage of Ebbets Field
115 Empire Blvd. Brooklyn NY 11225

Safeguard Self Storage of Crown Heights
1206 E. New York Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11212

Safeguard Self Storage of East New York
1648 E. New York Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11212

Safeguard Self Storage of East Williamsburg
930 Grand Street Brooklyn, NY 11211

Safeguard Self Storage of Flatbush
629 Utica Ave. Brooklyn, NY 11203

Safeguard Self Storage of New Rochelle 
85 Weyman Ave. New Rochelle, NY 10805

Safeguard Self Storage of Elmsford 
3-7 Valley Ave. Elmsford, NY 10523

Safeguard Self Storage of Yonkers 
188 S. Broadway Yonkers, NY 10705

Safeguard Self Storage of Thornwood
950 Broadway Thornwood, NY 10594

Safeguard Self Storage of Astoria 
41-15 Astoria Blvd. Astoria, NY 11105

Safeguard Self Storage of Richmond Hill 
119-24 Jamaica Ave. Richmond Hill, NY 11418

Safeguard Self Storage of Ozone Park 
101-09 103rd Ave. Ozone Park, NY 11417

Safeguard Self Storage of Hollis
204-02 Jamaica Ave. Hollis, NY 11423

Safeguard Self Storage of Ridgewood 
1726 Hancock Street Ridgewood, NY 11385

Safeguard Self Storage of Jamaica 
156-01 Liberty Ave. Jamaica, NY 11433

Safeguard Self Storage of Bronx
4301 Bronx Blvd. Bronx NY 10466

Safeguard Self Storage of Bronx 
1253 Jerome Ave. Bronx, NY 10452

Guide to Flea Market Shopping

Flea market shopping is a great way to find unique, rare and affordable finds, and the Festival Flea Market Mall in Pompano Beach is one of the best places to start your search. Festival Flea Market Mall offers more than 500 shops, so there is something for everyone there. Before starting your flea market search, however, you should keep these tips in mind for finding and storing the best finds.                                            

Choose the Right Flea Market

Some flea markets have more to offer than others. For example, the Festival Flea Market Mall offers many more potential finds than most other area flea markets. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't check out the smaller flea markets as you never know what you might find if you do.

Look for the Unexpected

Although you might have a few things in mind that you want to search for during your shopping trip, you shouldn't forget to look for the unexpected. You could find real treasures if you have an open mind.

Check Items Carefully

It's always a good idea to check items carefully for any defects or problems. You might choose to pass on an item if you find that it is damaged, or you might be able to haggle for a better price due to any imperfections.

Practice the Art of Haggling

One of the main benefits of flea market shopping is that you can find amazing deals on great items, so you shouldn't pay too much. Don't be afraid to negotiate for a better price, and consider passing on an item if the seller is asking for more than you think it is worth.

Choose the Right Storage Option

It can be easy to accumulate a lot of clutter in your home if you go flea market shopping regularly, but you can use Safeguard Self Storage for Pompano Beach household storage. Not only can you use your storage unit to safely stash your flea market finds, but you can also use it for your other Pompano Beach household storage needs, such as for tucking away seasonal items when they aren't in use. Safeguard Self Storage offers the amenities that you will need to protect your flea market finds such as air conditioned storage units, computer controlled access, storage unit door alarms, digital video recording, covered loading areas, and free use of carts and dollies onsite. We also make paying for your Pompano Beach storage unit a breeze by offering auto payment, online payment and phone payment options. Visit your local Safeguard Self Storage in Pompano Beach and find a good home for all of your newfound treasures. Happy shopping! 

Brooklyn's 'Pop-Up' Sales

Popular Williamsburg, NY shop Artists and Fleas has been getting a lot of mainstream attention for their annual 'Super Bowl alternative pop-up', but these makeshift flea markets are becoming one of Brooklyn's most anticipated attractions. Not only do they add to the culture that makes New York City great, but they provide a welcome opportunity for smaller merchants to make some big money. (A 'pop-up sale' is a short term retail space.)

NYC Storage Facilities

The holidays have proven to be the perfect time for Brooklyn's burgeoning pop-up industry to thrive. New York City visitors and residents appreciate the vintage sales that complement a season that has become irretrievably commercialized. By shopping at these smaller shops, you can support small business in NYC in a way that frequenting the mall cannot. As a merchant, you're making a big contribution to the local economy and culture. Some of the best pop-up markets have come about as collaborations between otherwise competing shops.


NY Self Storage

If you're a part-time merchant looking to take advantage of a collaborative pop-up, you may be wondering where to store your goods in between sales. A good NY self storage facility can give you the secure space you need. Safeguard NYC storage facilities can keep your wares protected while you plan your next big sale. Safeguard Self Storage has climate controlled units, computer controlled access, storage unit door alarms, drive-in loading areas, a knowledgeable staff, and access seven day a week - perfect for merchants who need a place to store their inventory. Also, with twenty-two New York Self Storage locations (with more on the way) there is always a Safeguard Self Storage near-by. 


NYC Self Storage

Whether you deal in vintage coats, vinyl records, or handmade jewelry, you need NYC storage facilities that will keep your goods in pristine condition. Safeguard Self Storage goes the extra mile by providing the amenities needed to give you peace of mind while your items are in storage. When storing your goods with Safeguard, you can concentrate on making your next pop-up sale even more successful than the last.


Find one of our twenty-two New York Self Storage locations: Safeguard NYC Storage Facilities.

Self Storage Stories - The Wedding Dress

close up of someone pinning the buttons of the back of a wedding dress


The day you got married was one of the happiest in your life. Don't let the cherished keepsakes from your wedding become damaged during storage. Follow these guidelines to ensure that your dress and accessories stay as beautiful as the day you walked down the aisle.

View our short video self storage story: The Wedding Dress

The most important rule to safely storing keepsakes is renting a climate controlled storage unit. These storage units are typically air conditioned during the warn summer months and heated during the cold winter months to prevent issues such as mildewing of fabrics, yellowing of paper and warping of wood. You will find climate controlled storage units at your neighborhood Safeguard Self Storage. Here are a few other tips for storing precious wedding memories:

--Have your wedding gown professionally cleaned shortly after your wedding. Areas that appear clean may actually be soiled and will yellow as time passes.

--Do not store the gown in a plastic bag. Chemicals within the plastic can damage the fabric. Metal hangers can also cause damage. Consider an acid-free box instead. Wrap the dress in white, acid-free tissue paper for further protection.

--Store the dress and accessories in a dry, cool place. Climate controlled storage units at Safeguard Self Storage keep excessive moisture, sunlight and heat away from keepsakes and discourage mold.

--Have bouquets professionally preserved or allow ample time for them to dry before putting them in storage. Consider keeping flowers in a glass shadowbox to protect them from dust.

Contact Safeguard Self Storage today to find the perfect place to store your memories. They offer all of the self storage amenities needed to preserve valued keepsakes and offer reasonable rates that newlyweds can easily fit into their budget. Safeguard Self Storage also offers a full line of packing & storage supplies for added convenience.


Let Safeguard Self Storage help you keep your wedding memories alive for generations to come.

Why We Love Illinois (Despite the Winter Weather)

Illinois seal

When the winter winds are howling and the snow is coming down in inches, it can be difficult to remember why Illinois is such a great place to live. Luckily, the state has no shortage of homes with fireplaces, on-call heating specialists, and knowledgeable city workers ready to improve the state’s roadways. As we continue to suffer brutal winter conditions, try and remember these reasons that Illinois is a special place to live year-round:

1. Varying Weather – What may seem like a detriment is actually a positive aspect for many residents. The state offers a wide variety of activities, from sailing our great lakes under sunny skies in the summer to sledding down hills covered in feet of snow during the winter.

2. World-Class Museums –The collection of galleries and centers in Chicago is one of the best in the world. ‘Sue’, the best-preserved and most-complete T-Rex in the world, is on display at the Field Museum of Natural History, while dolphin shows and solar system re-creations are viewable at Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium, respectively.

Cloud Gate sculpture in the Loop community area of Chicago, Illinois.


3. Farmland and Skyscrapers – Illinois offers a variety of landscapes, from the rolling rural hills of the state’s ample farmlands to some of the first modern skyscrapers ever built in Chicago and other cities. Visitors can enjoy bustling urban life and scenic byways and national parks in one trip.

field of yellow flowers near a lake


4. Lincoln’s Birthplace – A visit to Springfield provides a look at one of the most influential presidents in the nation’s history. With his childhood home and tomb both on display, visitors can freely celebrate this iconic leader.

5. Exciting Sports Venues – With a professional football, basketball, hockey, and two baseball teams, sports fans have plenty of options. In addition, there are a number of notable collegiate teams throughout the state.

Safeguard Self Storage loves Illinois for all these reasons and more! That’s why we have 10 locations in the state to serve Illinois storage needs. Find secure, convenient Illinois Self Storage with Safeguard. 

For detailed information about each of our ten Illinois stores, please click on the appropriate link: Addison Self Storage, Arlington Heights Self Storage, Bridgeview Self Storage, Chicago Self Storage, Darien Self Storage, Des Plaines Self Storage, Lombard Self Storage, Lyons Self Storage, McCook Self Storage, Palatine Self Storage.


Safeguard 25th Anniversary

In 2014, Safeguard Self Storage is very proud to celebrate our Silver Anniversary. It’s hard to believe that twenty five years ago, Safeguard began with a few storage locations in Louisiana. What began as Jefferson self storage, New Orleans self storage and Baton Rouge self storage has now grown into sixty five stores in six states. Much has changed over the years, but our vision has remained the same: To create a self storage experience second to none; one that includes the highest quality storage amenities and unsurpassed customer service. We want to thank our employees and customers for helping us achieve this benchmark as we continue to grow and serve the needs of our self storage consumers in new and innovative ways. 

"At Safeguard Self Storage we are very excited about our 25th anniversary. We recognize that we could not have reached this milestone without the hard work of our dedicated team members and the support of our loyal customers. We look forward to continuing to grow the Safeguard brand through innovative design, advanced-technology security amenities and the best possible customer experience in the self storage industry," said Vice President of Marketing, Kurt Kleindienst.


To commemorate this special event, we have created our 25th Anniversary video for your viewing pleasure. Click here to play the video.

Storage by the Sea: Miramar, FL

two beach lounge chairs on a beach shore

The name Miramar comes from the Spanish phrase for "sea view." While Miramar, Florida, is not directly on the water, its close proximity to the ocean lives up to its name. In fact, many residents in Miramar use their free time out and about on the waves, making ocean fun a quintessential pastime in this Southern Florida city.

The closest beaches to Miramar are in nearby Hollywood, Florida. Hollywood Beach is nearly six miles of uninterrupted coastline, with scenic sands and gentle waters. Other nearby beaches include Dania Beach and the shores of Fort Lauderdale. To the south, residents can also try beaches in Miami-Dade County.

While each of these beaches has its own appeal, they are all well suited for various water activities. In particular, many residents enjoy paddle boarding or kayaking. The water is also well suited for any number of boating ventures. The water is only half the story, however. Many people also relish their time on the sand with activities such as beach volleyball or sunbathing.

Whether you enjoy active water sports or prefer to simply relax and soak up the sun, it is clear that beach outings are easier with personal equipment. While rentals are often available, frequent visitors usually find renting costly and unappealing. However, some people are afraid to buy their own equipment for lack of storage space. Fortunately, this does not have to be a problem with Miramar self storage available.

Self storage is a great way to obtain extra space at an affordable price. Safeguard Self Storage offers self storage units in Miramar that are conveniently located near major roadways and are accessible at any time of the day or night. Our facility is equipped with state-of-the-art security features such as computer controlled access, individual unit door alarms, digital video surveillance and store wide intercom system to provide you with peace of mind until you are ready for your next ocean adventure. Miramar self storage can also be rented by the month, giving users the utmost flexibility.

Make the most of Miramar and its plentiful nearby beaches with a Miramar self storage unit from Safeguard!

Making the Most of your New York City Living Space

New York City boasts some of the best real estate in the country, and it's easy to see why. With Broadway, Wall Street, and fashion and culture to spare, NYC will continue to be one of the most desirable cities to live. Given its popularity, every New Yorker knows that space is limited. In fact, many tenants are happy with a mere 170 square feet of living space. With everything you need to accommodate a modern life, living in a small apartment may seem impossible. Here are some tips to make your small space more comfortable:


1. Organize

Divide your items into categories. If it’s necessary for work, keep it at your workspace. Invest in a great desk with lots of storage possibilities. Box and label your items for easy accessibility. This way, you won't waste time searching for your favorite cold weather boots and scarves. Instead, you'll find these items stored and ready in a box labeled "winter".


2. Be Realistic

If you're never going to use an item (or, worse yet, have never used an item), toss it! Space is a precious commodity in NYC, and it should not be taken for granted. There's no need to hang on to eight different comforters or every stuffed animal from your childhood. On the other hand, things that have value, like books or seasonal items, can easily be organized and stored away. Part of being realistic is knowing what you need in your apartment when you need it (e.g.: you don't need your winter wardrobe in August).


3. Store It

Instead of tripping over boxes or parting with precious items, invest in a storage space to suit your needs. In New York self storage through Safeguard is a great way to de-clutter your apartment while also hanging on to everything you need. With so many New York storage locations, you'll be able to find a convenient storage location to keep all your necessities. Compared to the cost of a larger apartment, using a New York storage unit is a bargain.


Living a New York life can be an adjustment. If you've recently relocated to the NYC area, you might be shocked by the scarcity of space and the high cost of living. Although we'd all love an extra room for our stuff, few in NYC can afford such a luxury. Hang on to everything you need in order to avoid repurchasing hard to find or expensive items. Get organized and make the most of your space with New York self storage. With so many Safeguard New York storage locations, you'll never be too far from your items. Save money and space with New York storage options through Safeguard.

Enjoy Florida Golf- With Less Hassle

man swinging golf club on a sunny golf course


Golf is one of the most popular recreational sports in the U.S., and Florida is the reigning king of golf states. The sunshine state boasts more than 1,250 courses, more than any other state in the country. With its lush tropical foliage, pristine beaches, and year round temperate weather, it’s easy to see why thousands of locals and tourists flock to Florida’s golf courses every year.


About the Area’s Golf Courses

If you’re lucky enough to live in the Coconut Creek area, there is no shortage of lovely and challenging courses to choose from. The Deer Creek Golf Club at Deerfield Beach is a public course featuring exceptional course conditions and amenities including locker rooms, a pro shop, and putting greens. The Club at Boca Pointe in Boca Raton is a private club boasting a Jack Nicklaus-designed course. The private Adios Golf Club in Coconut Creek is an elegant, traditional course for true golf purists. The recently renovated Crystal Lake Golf Club in Deerfield Beach offers vistas of pines, palms and native flora, along with PGA staff lessons to improve your game.


Store Your Clubs in Self Storage

Whichever course you choose, the Safeguard Self Storage of Coconut Creek offers climate controlled mini storage to safely store your golf equipment for quick and easy access. The Coconut Creek facility is within 5 miles of more than10 popular courses, so you can play on the fly anytime you want. Imagine coming from work or errands and going straight to the course without having to plan ahead or pack your equipment. Simply keep your clubs, shoes, apparel and other gear in your self storage unit and you’ll be ready whenever the mood strikes you.

With climate controlled storage at Safeguard Self Storage, you’ll also have a space that will prevent the accumulation of moisture on your golf clubs (unlike most garages). By reducing moisture, you can avoid the buildup of rust and protect the longevity of your clubs.


Tips for Golf Equipment Storage

Before storing your golf equipment, be sure to clean and dry it. Also, set your larger equipment towards the back of the unit and store smaller gear in labeled containers. Consider storing other useful items such as sunscreen, a golf umbrella or even a small humidor with your favorite cigars that you may want while golfing.

Contact Safeguard in Broward – Coconut Creek for more information or to reserve your climate controlled mini storage unit today. See you on the links!