Capitol City Storage

Years ago our "C" building was a warehouse with an adjoining apartment. 

One Saturday morning Renee, our apartment tenant, phoned me at home. "You need to get over here right away!"

Minutes prior, Renee noticed a storage tenant walking in circles outside her kitchen window, blood streaking his shirt while elevating his hand in the air. She led him into her apartment and phoned me. 

Seems 'Bob' was loading his heavy Harley Davidson motorcycle into the bed of his truck. It became unbalanced and fell on top of him cutting off the top of his pointer finger just below the first joint.  Renee wrapped his hand tightly in a kitchen towel while I told Bob I would phone 911. 

"NO! Don't do that! he exclaimed. "My insurance will not cover the ride. I'll drive myself to the emergency room." 

"You'll do no such thing! I said. "I will drive you there and my husband will follow driving your pickup." 

He agreed to the plan and ask that we secure his motorcycle in his unit.

I then asked Renee to fill a baggie with ice.  Bob guessed my intention and protested, "You don't need to do that" he said. 

"Yes, I do. It's possible that your finger can be reattached. Besides, I don't want Renee's cat to feast on your finger!" 

After placing the fingertop on ice we drove Bob to the ER. We left once Bob and his fingertop were escorted into an exam room. He promised me he would phone later in the day giving us an update on his condition. 

The doctor could not reattach Bob's finger. He was released from the ER with a bottleful of pain meds and is now living life minus a finger top! 


Thankfully the furor over storage unit foreclosures has died down to a dull roar. Perhaps we are all tired of listening to annyoing Dave on Storage Wars! 

During the height of the recession our facility was receiving a few calls each week from people interested in buying foreclosued storage units. The TCL TV show Storage Wars wetted their appetite for 'riches waiting to be found'. 

What Storage Wars does not portray is reality - that being the vast majority of tenants stay current with their storage rent. Espeically if their unit has value. 

I've been in the industry for nearly 20 years and find that most units sell for $100 to $300. This is a far cry from the $1200 to $2500 routinely bid on Storage Wars. 

The moral of the story?  Pay your bill then one will not have the worry of foreclosure. 


Praise for Self Storage by Gayle Brandeis:

“A novel of passion and consequence, identity and accountability. I love the narrator, her children, her wild ride, and this truly American story of getting mad and getting wise.”
–Barbara Kingsolver


We rent space for band practice. Phone 352-1974 for details.


In the storage business the contents of a foreclosed unit are auctioned off when a tenant fails to pay rent. Occasionally a unit contains nothing of value as we experienced recently. This unit contained a partial pool table, an unusual buffet table with parts missing, a broken metal desk and a vintage 1903 upright piano painted green sans wheels.

The regal piano with its ornate exterior and strong, melodious sound won my heart. If I did not already own a piano, it would be gracing my living room.

Not knowing the value (if any) of the piano, I contacted a piano technician who gave me a quick 2 minute appraisal. The first words out of his mouth were, "I don't even consider (buying) a piano that has been painted." He ascertained that this piano had been worked on at one time and, with a good tune-up, still had some life left in it. He suggested I place an ad on Craigs list for $200 OBO. I did and but not receive even one inquiry.

Our good friend Phil offered to take it. I assumed that he would dismantle it, making a bit of cash off its scrap value.

But no, a man after my own heart who allows sentimentality to govern his actions, he left the piano in the back of his truck, parked in his driveway, with a large sign saying, "Free to a good home".

And this is where the story gets good.

A sheriff drove by, read the sign, and stopped to inquire about the particulars. He excitedly phoned his good friend who just so happens to be the music teacher at Rochester High School which just so happens to need a piano. Soon the music teacher arrived on scene and began playing the piano in the back of Phil's truck. Before long, Phil and the piano are heading to the high school followed by the sheriff and music teacher.

This lovely, 100 + year old piano will continue sharing its lovely tones for years to come.


Capitol City Storage has partnered with UHaul and now offers a 19' cargo van for rent. 

With inside dimensions of 9'2" x 5'7 1/2" x 4'5" (LxWxH), a back door opening of 4'6" x 4'1" (WxH), automatic transmission, air conditioned, gentle-ride suspension, tie downs and rub rails, this van is a fuel efficient way to move belongings across town. Did I mention that it can transport more than 3,500 lbs?! 

Reserve the van today by phoning our office at 360)352-1974 or online at  (Be sure to select our location as your pick up and drop-off location.) 


The Little Red Schoolhouse organization has helped thousands of school children in our community each year.  You will find a picture of one of our storage units crammed with bags of gently used clothing, ready for distribution to needy children.  Capitol City Storage has provided storage for this charity for many years.  Click HERE to view their website. 


Do you wonder just how full one can stuff a storage unit?


The folks at StorageMart decided to answer this question when they filled a 5x5 storage unit  with Thanksgiving turkey dinner items that were later donated to the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri.


Here is a list of what StorageMart was able to cram into the small space:


192 cans of Del Monte corn

120 cans of Ocean Spray cranberry sauce

24 family-sized boxes of Minute rice

384 bottles of Nestle Pure Life water 

14 family sized boxes of Betty Crocker sweet potato casserole

63 pounds of russet potatoes

216 bags of Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix

192 cans of Swanson chicken broth


That’s 1,500 pounds of food and water into a 5x5 storage space!

I invite you to fill up a storage space at Capitol City Storage, Olympia!

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