How to Store Comic Books and Trading Cards in Self Storage

Storing Trading Cards and Comic Books

 

Collecting comic books, toys and sporting cards has become a very big business and there are many industries that have been created just around collectibles. Toys, comic books and sports trading cards have always been highly collectible items and can be in high demand for certain people. What do you do with all of these items when you don’t have the room for them in your home anymore and you are not planning on selling them? The best option would be to store the collectibles in a self-storage unit. Most Magellan Storage  locations offers climate and humidity controlled storage units to help protect your comic book or sports card collections from damage from extreme temperatures and humidity. It is important to make sure that the collectibles are properly packaged and prepared for storage. Below are some storage tips to keep your collectibles in pristine condition.

Comic Book Storage Tips

Comic books have been a big collector item for decades. Most people will store their childhood comic book collection n their attic or basement. While this is a handy place to put the comic books in a home, it actually isn’t the best place to store them. Extreme temperatures, especially in a hot attic, can damage the paper of the comic books. The best place to store comic books is in humidity or climate controlled environment. For storage, place the comic books in polypropylene sheets with acid-free comic packing boards. The boards keep the comic book stiff and flat. Change out the boards every 2-5 years in order to keep the board from changing the color of the comic. For more valuable comics, use Mylar sheets for storing purposes. Most comic book stores will be able to provide you with these storage materials as well as acid free comic storage boxes. The comic book boxes come in long and short. Store the comic books straight up in the boxes and do not stack the boxes too high. Keep the comic books in a covered box away from direct sunlight.

Sports Card Storage Tips

Baseball and sports card collecting has been going on for over 100 years! There have been recent media stories about very rare cards being found and then sold for thousands of dollars at auction. For most people, collecting sports cards is a passion and is usually shared and passed down between generations. It is very important to keep the collection protected and in mint condition. Trading cards are made of cardboard and can be extremely fragile, if you bend a card by mistake the value of the card will go dramatically down.  Trading cards should be stored in specially designed cardboard boxes. Each card in the box should also be stored in individual plastic covers. You can also place the baseball cards in plastic protective pages in a binder. However, you must be very careful when you are putting the cards in the protective covering.  It is crucial to keep your collection in a climate-controlled storage unit to protect it from moisture build-up. In the storage unit, place the boxes of trading cards on shelves. Do not store them on the ground.  Also, keep the trading cards away from direct sunlight. Sunlight will damage the color and quality of the cards. You can also organize the boxes of trading cards much easier on shelving.

If you properly store your comic books and sports trading cards, they will continue to be in great condition to pass along to future generations. Stop in to Magellan Storage  to see how we can help with your storage needs.

Storing Retail Inventory in Self Storage

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Self Storage is a great solution for business storage!  From medical supply sales representatives to contractors to retail store owners, all can benefit from a storage unit.  Self storage is a great option to store excess inventory or supplies by allowing more retail store area to be used for merchandise and sales opportunities.  Having a proper retail store storage solution can assist store owners in running a successful and efficient business. Having a self storage unit for excess inventory or equipment will help streamline a business’s processes, keep inventory more organized and help a company be more efficient.  Self storage is an affordable and convenient way to store inventory, supplies, seasonal decorations, and fixtures during the holiday season as well as throughout the year.

Self storage facilities have access hours before and after retail stores close, so inventory can be moved quickly and efficiently.  A state-of-the-art self storage security system  is also an important factor in choosing where to store your retail inventory.  Magellan Storage offers digital keypad access control, digital cameras, motion sensors, individual unit door alarms and 24-7 digital video recording to give you peace-of-mind that your inventory is protected while in storage. Most storage facilities can also accept deliveries for the businesses allowing the business owner the ease of mind that their inventory is secure.

The busiest time of the year for retail businesses is obviously during October, November and December.  Retail shops are filling shelves with as much merchandise and produce as possible to supply customer demands. The holiday season is a great time for retail store owners to use a self storage unit to store surplus inventory.  Displays, signage and seasonal decorations can take up vital sales floor space during the holiday months.   These items need to be stored somewhere and off-site storage at a storage facility is a great option.  Self storage can cost less per square foot than additional rental space in a brick and mortar location. Instead of moving to a larger location for additional storage, consider renting a storage unit.

Tips for Retail Inventory Storage

There are a few simple tips that are vital to think about when choosing a self storage facility for retail inventory and supplies. Use a self storage facility that is close to your retail location, so you will have easy access when you need to restock your inventory. Driving across town to get supplies actually defeats the purpose of convenient storage.  Choosing a climate controlled storage unit will help protect your inventory from temperature and humidity extremes. High humidity can cause moisture to develop, which in turn can damage your merchandise.  Choose a self storage unit size that fits your surplus inventory and supplies needs. Make sure that there is enough room to walk-through your storage unit to retrieve, rotate and move your items when you need to do so. Lastly, it is crucial to create an inventory list of the items that you have placed in storage. If you are keeping items in boxes, make sure to label the boxes with their content.  If your items are smaller, add storage shelving to keep your inventory organized and off of the ground.

Organized retail inventory is vital to a store’s success; this is especially true for small retail shops. If you are running out of storage room in the shop, then consider renting a self storage unit to store all of your important documents, inventory, supplies and equipment.

Tips for Storing a Toy Collection

Storage for Toy Collections

Toy collections. Photo courtesy of happykatie.com

We collect everything from coins and trading cards to toys and music (on CD or vinyl albums). Collecting comic books, vintage books and toys has developed into a very big business over the past few decades. Some people have rooms dedicated to their collections, these collections can end up taking over our homes if they are not properly displayed or organized. Keeping the collections organized is key to keeping your home clutter free.  But, doing this can be hard depending on the type of collections that you have and which room you store them in.

Storing toys correctly is critical to keep them in perfect condition. Toy collectors know that the value of a collectible item is tied directly to its condition. If you plan on selling your collectible toy collection at some point in the future, especially action figures, then it is imperative that you keep them in their original packaging.  Packaged toys are worth a lot more than toys that are opened and played with.  When placing toys in storage, make sure that they are properly wrapped and protected from direct sunlight and extreme temperature fluctuations.

Taking extra steps to protect the collectible toys during storage will ensure that they keep their value over time.  Below are some tips on how to properly store your toy collection:

  1. Create a plan on how you want to see your collection displayed or stored. If you are a toy collector, do you want to have the toys opened and in dioramas or just lined up on a shelf? Do you buy multiple copies of the toy with one for display others to put in storage?
  2. Keep stored toys away from direct sunlight to prevent discoloration. Extreme humidity and heat can cause plastic toys to warp and break. The best solution is placing toy collections in climate controlled storage units to protect them from the damage of extreme temperature and humidity.
  3. Invest in accessories to display or store your collections such as shelving units, specially made boxes, stands, risers or glass cabinets. If you collect trading cards, invest in the correct storage albums to keep the collection protected.
  4. If storing your collection, make sure that you have the proper amount of boxes, packing material and packaging tape.  Properly wrap the items to protect them from damage. Do not over pack the boxes of collectible toys as this can cause damage to the toys. Use filler material such as bubble wrap or newsprint to fill up the boxes. Pack collectibles in smaller boxes and store them on the top of the stack of the boxes.
  5. Store collectible dolls in fabric boxes or bags. Cardboard or plastic boxes can produce acid or chemicals that can ruin a doll that is in storage over a long period of time.
  6. Track your collection. Create a database or a spreadsheet of your collection that you can use as a reference so you do not get duplicates or forget what you currently have. This can also be quite handy for insurance purposes.

If you don’t have enough room in your home to properly display or store you collections, but you do not want to get rid of them, then think about renting a storage unit. Magellan Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes to fit your storage needs. Most Magellan Storage locations also offer air-conditioned storage units that would be a great place to store toy collections to protect them from the extreme changes in temperature.

 

Starting Spring and Summer Home Improvement Projects

We are in the midst of winter and usually the coldest months of the year. It is hard to actually think about spring flowers, planting gardens and remodeling projects around the home when it is cold and rainy. The winter months are popular months for Home and Remodeling Shows throughout the country and the Los Angeles area is no exception.  The interactive home and garden shows spotlight the latest information, products, styles and technologies and tools in home renovation, remodeling and decoration. The consumer visiting the home, garden and remodeling shows receive pointers and tips for future projects from a variety of experts from contractors to interior designers. The home improvement business is in the middle of a resurgence due to the improving housing market. More home owners are looking at making improvements and remodeling their current homes.  In a 2013 report by the Census Bureau, homeowners spent over $359 Billion on home improvement projects from 2009-2011 with an average spend of $3,200 per project. The largest amount of renovation money was spent on renovating the kitchen.  Kitchen remodeling projects top the list of where homeowners spent the most money during renovation projects at over $5,000 per project. While over 44 million homeowners take on the home improvement project on their own, which is about 37% of those surveyed, the majority of the homeowners, 63%, hired a professional to do the job.

Self Storage and Home Improvement

After you have visited one of the many home and garden shows in the Los Angeles area, met with experts, saw samples of gardens or room designs that you liked, and gathered all of the tips for your remodeling or renovation projects, it is time to start planning the projects. The sooner you start to plan the projects, the sooner you can actually enjoy your new room.  The first thing you need to do when you decide on a home improvement project is to create a detailed plan with a budget, schedule, and a list of the materials that you will need. If you are not taking on the project yourself, this is the time to research, interview and hire a contractor for the job. Create “back-up spaces” for the rooms that you are renovating, for example if you are renovating a bathroom, make sure that you have another bathroom in the home that can be used during renovation.

Before you begin the renovation, remove all of the items from the room that you are working in to protect them from damage during the project. Renting a self-storage unit during a renovation or remodeling process is a smart solution to protect your personal items and furniture from dirt, dust, paint drips and damage. Putting a paint tarp over items while you are working won’t protect furniture and personal items from damage.  Also, large furniture can take up valuable work space in a room.  If you are getting new furniture during your renovation project, keep the older furniture stored in a storage unit until you decide to sell, donate or throw away these belongings. Once you have cleared out the room, you can get started on your spring and summer home improvement projects!

Magellan Storage  has a variety of climate and non-climate controlled storage units that can fit all of your storage needs from storing tools to storing all of the furniture in a bedroom or living room!  We also offer a free-move-in truck at most of our locations to make it easy for you to transport your stored items to one of our storage facilities. Our friendly and professional staff can help you with all of your storage needs from packing and moving supplies to temporary storage for your renovation project. Stop in to one of our 6 Los Angeles or Orange Counties locations  when you need help finding the right storage space for your renovation projects!

Moving and Storage Tips for Kitchen Appliances

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The hardest items in the home to prepare for storage or moving are appliances such as washer and dryers, refrigerators, dishwashers, and microwaves.  If you are moving appliances in your home to a new home or to a storage unit, it is very important to follow the right steps in order to prepare the appliances for moving, storage or set-up, so they can be easily used in a new home. Consult the manufacturer’s manual for specific storage/moving instructions for each appliance. Each appliance could need a specific preparation process, while other can have general moving tips.  For any kitchen appliance, the very first thing that has to be done before moving is performing a thorough cleaning.  When moving appliances, place them last on the truck, so they will be the removed first at the new home or storage facility.  When in storage, cover the appliances in a cotton tarp to protect from dirt and dust.

Self Storage is a great solution for short-term and long-term storage for appliances. By properly preparing them for moving or storage, you will be able to keep the items in good working order when you need them, Magellan Storage  has a variety of storage units  from climate controlled to non-climate controlled storage unit  to fit household goods and clothing to appliances and furniture.

Following the right preparation steps will help make moving and storing the appliance much easier to do:

Refrigerator Moving and Storage Tips

  • Defrost the refrigerator at least 3 to 5 days before moving.
  • Drain icemakers and water supplies and allow them to thoroughly dry.
  • Remove the trays and drawers from the refrigerator and clean with a mild detergent. Wash down the inside of the refrigerator with a mild detergent.
  • Dust or vacuum the coils on the outside of the refrigerator.
  • When moving the refrigerator, transport upright. Placing the refrigerator on its side could damage some of the refrigeration coils.
  • If possible, cover the refrigerator in a tarp or moving blankets in order to protect the appliance from dirt, scratches, dings and other damage that can occur during moving.
  • Tape the refrigerator and freezer doors shut while in transit. If placing the refrigerator in a storage unit remove the tape and leave the door slightly ajar to prevent moisture build-up.

Dishwasher Moving and Storage Tips

  • Before moving, unplug and thoroughly clean the dishwasher. Let the dishwasher air dry for at least 24 hours before preparing it for moving.
  • Disconnect and clean the hoses. Once these are dry, wrap them in towels or newsprint for protection. Place the hoses inside the dishwasher for easy access.
  • Leave the dishwasher door open for a little bit of time before moving to let the air circulate inside and out of the appliance.
  • Tape the cords onto the side of the dishwasher for transport. Transport the appliance on a dolly and cover with a tarp or moving blankets for extra protection.

Stove or Range Moving and Storage Tips

  • Before cleaning, remove any pans (broiler pan) from the inside of the stove.
  • Clean the stove inside and out with an oven cleaner, range cleaner and mild detergent. Make sure any food debris is removed from the stove.
  • If it is a gas stove, have a professional turn off the gas and disengage the piping. Place the piping inside the stove for safe keeping. Once you are at your new home, have the professional attach the stove and light the pilot light.
  • If it is an electrical stove, it can just be unplugged when you are moving.
  • Tape down the knobs on the stove, to prevent them from becoming loose in transit.
  • Tape the plug to the side of the appliance for transport.
  • Transport the appliance via a moving dolly. If possible wrap the stove moving blankets or a tarp to protect from damage that could occur during moving.

 Microwave Moving and Storage Tips

  • Remove the glass turntable inside the microwave and thoroughly clean the microwave inside and out. A tip for cleaning the microwave is to place a wet sponge inside the microwave and let run for 2 minutes. This will help loosen the food residue making it easier to remove.
  • The best way to move and store a microwave is in its original packaging.
  • If the original packaging is not available, the microwave can be stored in a very sturdy cardboard box. Make sure to add lots of filler material (newsprint, bubble wrap, or linens) to give extra protection.
  • Tape the glass door shut during transport with the cords taped on the side of the appliance. Wrap the appliance in a tarp or moving blanket for more protection during moving.

8 Easy to Do Tips for Motorcycle Storage

Motorcycle storage tips

 

A motorcycle is a great way to get around during warm and dry weather. But, it is not recommended to take a motorcycle out for a ride in wet and cold weather. It is important to protect the motorcycle during the off-season months. If you do not have room at your home to store your motorcycle, then renting a self-storage unit is a perfect solution to store motorcycles for the winter months. Magellan Storage offers a variety of storage unit sizes that can fit a motorcycle perfectly.  Magellan Storage  has easy access to your storage units, in order to move your motorcycle in and out of storage.   You can find specific tips on how to properly store your type of motorcycle in the vehicle’s owner manual. It is important to read and follow the instructions in the owner’s manual or consult with your storage facility’s manager before your store your motorcycle or any vehicle.

Motorcycle Storage Preparation Tips

There are some basic steps that need to be completed to make sure that your motorcycle is prepared for storage. Following the steps below will allow the motorcycle to be ready for the spring riding season in no time!

  1. If you are planning on storing a motorcycle in a storage unit, make sure that you store it off of the floor. Place on a pallet or piece of word above the ground. This prevents damage from moisture and dampness to your items.
  2. Before placing the motorcycle in storage, add fuel stabilizer, per the manufacturer’s instructions, to a full tank of gas. Run the engine for at least 15 minutes to work the stabilizer through the engine.
  3. Change the oil. This will remove the excess sludge and dirt in the engine and will allow easier starting up of the motorcycle when removing from storage.
  4. Clean the motorcycle and then completely dry it before placing in storage. Spray WD-40 on every metal surface of the motorcycle to help prevent rusting.
  5. If possible, remove the battery from the motorcycle and store in a warm dry space. If you want to keep the battery in the motorcycle, attach it to a battery charger and make sure that it is charged every few weeks.
  6. Check the tires to make sure that they are properly inflated. Keeping the bike stored off of the ground on a pallet or motorcycle stand will help to protect the tires from deflating.
  7. Cover the motorcycle while it is in storage. Do not use a plastic cover as this will allow moisture to be trapped under cover and cause damage to the metal surfaces. Use a cotton tarp, sheet or blanket as a covering.
  8. Make sure that the registration, title and license plates are up-to-date for your motorcycle.

 

8 Tips for How to Move and Store a Mattress

Moving and Storing Mattresses and Bedding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having a good bed, bed springs and mattress is a very important and long-lasting investment.  A good bed set can last decades and mattresses and box springs can last at least 10-15 years if they are properly maintained. Bed sets, including a headboard, box springs and mattress, can cost thousands of dollars, so it is important to protect your investment.

Mattress Moving & Storage Tips

We spend over 1/3rd of our lives sleeping, so it is important to keep mattresses and bed sets in great condition. Below are eight tips to keep a mattress in good condition during moving or storage:

  1. Avoid storing mattresses in the basement. Basements can be damp, which could damage the mattress. Keep mattresses away from pets and sharp objects.
  2. Consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit to store your mattress. Extreme temperatures and humidity can create moisture, which can in turn damage your mattress. If you need to store a mattress in a regular storage unit, it is a good idea to invest in a dehumidifier to keep the storage unit dry.
  3. Before moving or storing a mattress, be sure to thoroughly clean the mattress. Use upholstery cleaner on the actual mattress and then vacuum both sides.
  4. Disassemble the bed set for moving or storage. Keep all screws/nuts/bolts in a plastic bag taped to the frame or headboard for safe keeping. Cover the bed frame and headboard with old blankets during transit and storage to protect from dust and damage.
  5. Invest in a mattress cover to protect the mattress while it is in storage. Cover the entire mattress with a breathable plastic cover. These usually cost $20 or less at stores. Secure the cover with tape and cover any holes or tears in the cover.
  6. If you are storing a mattress long term, store it flat in the storage unit. It is okay to move the mattress on its side, but for storage, it is better to store flat as the coils and inner workings could shift with storing on the side over a long period of time. You can store the mattress on top of flat furniture.
  7. Do not store anything on top of a mattress. Heavy items can cause damage to the mattress material as well as could damage the mattress springs.
  8. Once you are ready to remove the mattress from storage, freshen up the mattress before use. Sprinkle baking soda on both sides of the mattress. Allow baking soda to sit so it could absorb any odors and then remove the baking soda by a vacuum.

Magellan Storage offers climate controlled storage at most of our facilities that can help protect your mattress or bed set investment. We also offer a free move-in truck that can help you move your mattress into a Magellan Storage facility. Find out more when you are ready to rent your storage unit.

 

Los Angeles Home Improvement and Garden Show Season

Home Improvement and Self Storage

 

If you made a resolution to make home renovations or remodeling for your home in the New Year, now is the time to start making some plans and goals for your project. The winter months are a big time of year for home remodeling shows. During the colder months, the home and garden shows are a great escape out of the cold and wet and a chance to get great tips and ideas for spring and summer home remodeling and renovation projects.

 

Los Angeles Area Winter and Spring Home Remodeling Shows

There will be many Home and Garden shows in the Los Angeles area in the next few months including: Costa Mesa Home Remodeling & Decoration Show at the O.C. Fair and Event Center running February 28 and March 1st,  the South Bay Home and Garden Show at the Long Beach Convention Center March 20th to 22nd , The Big Spring Home and Garden Show at the Fairplex in Pomona, Ventura County Spring Home and Garden Show at the Ventura County Fairgrounds March 20th  through 22nd, and the Pasadena Spring Show at the Pasadena Convention Center on March 21st and 22nd.  These shows are the best guide to seeing what is new in remodeling, renovations and home decoration. They also allow the attendee to speak one-on-one with experts, test out some new tools, see gardening layouts and get great tips on easy DIY changes to your home. Renovation and remodeling ideas take shape during the winter months and then usually go into full production in the spring and summer months.

Home Renovations and Self Storage Go Hand-in-Hand

Planning a renovation project can be almost as difficult as doing the work. You must have all the pieces organized and together before you even start the project. One of the key items to include on the list when renovating is to rent a storage unit to store the items from the room that is being renovated. It is much easier to work with a totally blank space then it is to work with items cluttering the floor, so it is important to remove all of the items from the room before the project starts. Keeping the room’s furniture under a protective drop cloth does not always protect it from paint drips, dirt, nicks, dings and other damage. Magellan Storage offers month-to-month storage unit rentals, which is a great option to store furniture during a renovation. Magellan Storage also offers the use of a free truck at move-in  to make the storing and moving process easier.  Once the home remodeling and renovations are complete, you can retrieve your stored items and place them back in the new room. If you are upgrading furniture or accessories, self storage is the place to keep the older furniture until you decide to donate, sell or give the item away. Stop by our 6 Los Angeles and Orange Counties locations to see how Magellan Storage can help you with storage solutions during your spring and summer home improvement projects!

 

Tips for Storing Holiday Decorations

 

Tips for Storing Holiday decorations

The holiday season is now over and it is time to put away your holiday items and to make sure that your holiday decorations are stored correctly.  It is important to have a proper holiday decoration storage strategy for your many types of decorations from family heirloom ornaments to wreaths and lights.

To start off your holiday decoration storage process, make sure that you have the proper packing supplies such as boxes, newsprint and packaging tape in order to store your holiday decorations. Sort and then store the different types of decorations together. Place ornaments, lights, or candles, into different boxes. When you are packing the decorations for the off-season, check for broken ornaments, lights, or other possible issues.  Label all of your holiday decorations boxes with the contents, so you can easily find the decorations that you need. Create a large enough space so you can store your artificial Christmas tree.  If you do not have the space to for holiday decoration storage at your home, then consider placing the items in a self storage unit.  Seasonal items can be stored in the back of your storage unit and then switched out throughout the year.  Magellan Storage has a variety of storage unit sizes that are great to place to store indoor and outdoor holiday decorations. Now that you have the holiday storage basics completed, it is time to store specialty holiday decorations.

Wreaths

Place the holiday wreath in the original box whenever possible and store it horizontally on a shelf. If you don’t have the original box, then place a bag over the wreath or place it in a garment bag and hang it in a closet or behind a door. Do not store bags of wreaths on top of one another, as the wreaths could get damaged.

Indoor/Outdoor Lights

Store indoor/outdoor holiday lights neatly coiled to keep them from being tangled. There are many great DIY solutions for storing holiday lights such as wrapping the lights around the outside of a coffee can or wrapping paper tube or even a plastic pant hanger. You can also make your own light storage reel out of cardboard. Cut out grooves along the top and sides of the cardboard. Wedge the beginning part of the lights in one of the slots and then start winding the lights around. For extra protection for the lights, wrap the light reel in tissue when you place them in a box.

Holiday Ornaments

Many ornaments are handmade by family members or are heirlooms, so they need to be treated and stored with special care. Christmas tree ornaments come in all shapes and sizes and can be difficult to properly store. For easier storage, keep the boxes for larger or oddly shaped ornaments. If you didn’t keep the boxes, then carefully wrap the ornaments in tissue paper. Layer the ornaments in the box with filler material such as tissue paper or bubble wrap between each layer. You can purchase specially designed ornaments storage boxes at your local home or craft stores. Or you can create your own DIY solutions, such as storing smaller ornaments in a cardboard egg crate.

Christmas Trees

A Christmas tree can take up a lot of space when you put it back in storage. The best option is to keep the tree fully assembled and covered in a Christmas tree storage bag that you can purchase at any home store. Some of the storage bags come on rollers, so you can easily move the tree to its storage spot. Storing the tree fully assembled with lights and ornaments will make it easier to put up the tree for the next holiday season. The downside of a fully assembled tree is that it does take up quite a lot of storage space. If a Christmas tree storage bag is not an option, then store the tree in its original box. If the box is not sturdy enough, then store the tree branches and stand in plastic bins for easy and safe storage.

 

2014 New Year’s Events in Los Angeles

Happy New Year!

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Year’s Eve is a time to reflect on the past year and get excited for the wonders that the New Year will bring. Family and friends gather for small gatherings or attend larger events at hotels or outdoor venues. The Los Angeles area offers a variety of ways to celebrate the New Year from attending private parties at hotels to ringing in the New Year with fireworks and thousands of your closest friends!

Los Angeles New Year’s Events

There are many great events to celebrate the New Year in Los Angeles from family friendly events to 21 and over parties.  The City of Los Angeles is hosting a huge free New Year’s Eve gathering at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. There will be a 22 story projection screen hanging from Los Angeles City Hall where there will be 3D projections and the countdown to 2015! There will also be three stages for entertainment including DJ’s, and live performances. There will be over 30 food vendors and a photo booth.

For the 21 and over crowd, there are many great venues that are having New Year’s Eve festivities. The Queen Mary is having a New Year’s Eve Auld Lang “Shine”  party where you can travel around the world on the decks and salons of the ship to taste and experience a casino, Flamenco dancing, DJ’s, and great food. Also, the Queen Mary is a great vantage point for fireworks over the Pacific Ocean! Union Station in Downtown Los Angeles is hosting Prohibition NYE where partygoers can step back in time for the roaring 20’s for jazz, DJ sets, custom cocktails and a champagne toast at midnight. The Egyptian Theatre once again hosts Cleopatra’s New Year’s Eve Ball  Starting at 9pm celebrate the coming New Year with a light show, DJ, hieroglyphics light show and a giant LED countdown to 2015!

The biggest New Year’s celebration for Los Angeles actually occurs on New Year’s Day, when the world’s eyes are on Pasadena for the Tournament of Roses Parade. For over 100 years, the parade has delighted young and old with the fantastic designs and use of our world’s natural beauty. This year, the theme to the parade is “Inspiring Stories”. The parade goes along a 5 ½ mile route kicking off at 8am at Green Street and Orange Grove Boulevard, turns onto Colorado Boulevard, and ends at Villa Street. Spectators can view the floats as they are displayed at the end of the parade.

New Year’s Eve Safety Tips

If you are attending large New Year’s celebrations, even celebrating at a hotel or restaurant it is critical to keep an eye open to your surroundings and be safe. Below are a few safety tips that are important to follow for your New Year’s celebrations:

  1. Take a look around the room or the venue where you are attending the party. Does the building have a wide entrance and exit? Are the exits blocked by decorations such as Christmas trees or holiday displays?
  2. Attend large events with other people. Have a communication plan, emergency contact and a meeting place set up before the event just in case you are split up.
  3. Look out for possible fire sources such as candles burning, cigarettes or cigars burning, indoor fireworks, or other heat sources that could make you feel unsafe.
  4. Leave the fireworks displays to the professionals. Do NOT use consumer fireworks to shoot off on New Year’s Eve.
  5. If you must shoot off fireworks, be sure to follow proper safety precautions. Shoot off the fireworks in a clear field or open area with no overhead power lines. Keep a fire extinguisher nearby for emergencies. Do not re-light fireworks that did not light the first time.
  6. Do not let children near any fireworks that are left over. The fireworks could still be active and could go off injuring the child.

Magellan Storage wishes everyone a safe and Happy New Year! We look forward to serving your storage needs in Los Angeles and Orange Counties in 2015!