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Dale's Toy Box --- Getting a wide variety of tools and toys to use without paying.

 
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Dale's Toy Box ---- My land is 8 miles from the city of Nanaimo which contains around 100,000 people and it's 70 miles from Greater Victoria with over 300,000 people. Victoria has the third highest real estate values in Canada with homes averaging about $500,000 each. Even a decent one bedroom condo will set you back $200,000. Space is expensive.

I have had my land for quite a while and have never found a way to squeeze any benefit from the city residents until now. In talking to an employee of a storage place, I learned that there are waiting lists. Many people who live in apartments and condos own things like kayaks, dirt bikes, snowmobiles, and trailers which need to be stored. A good number of small contractors have given up on the sluggish economy and headed to the Alberta oil sands. They need to store their ladders, utility trailers and welders while they're gone for extended periods.

I checked out the wanted section of the Used Victoria website the other day and found several people who would be more than happy to let me use their toys whenever I want, in exchange for storing those items. One family owns an older but well preserved 5th wheel trailer that they use for three weeks every summer. They need to get it out of where it is due to complaints from neighbours. I need somewhere to stay while I'm building, so we each benefit. The wear and tear on the trailer from being used is nothing compared to what happens to unused trailers. Mold and mildew often completely destroy units that sit for too long without some electric heat over the winter.

My brief time spent calling the owners of a variety of items has demonstrated that I don't need to buy many items that I would use very sporadically. All of these things are bursting from the seems in the city. Hundreds of people have promised their friends that they'll get the bikes out of their garage and find a new home for the snowmobile. Entire tool sheds on wheels need to be stored while the owners are in distant mining towns.

This is the clearest case I've ever seen, where the build it and they'll come plan ,is likely to actually work. If I built a big amusement park in the wilderness, there's a very good possibility that it would go the way of Euro Disney. One hour on the telephone has shown me that a well built and secure implement shed with insurance will be easy to fill up with all manner of fun useful stuff. A big shed was always part of my plan. Short of operating a theft ring, this is by far the cheapest way to fill it with toys.

Thank you: Dale Hodgins --- The wheels in my head are always turning
 
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Thats very cool Dave!

around here, space isnt as limited but im sure its possible to save money just about anywhere by checking locals classifieds
 
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Devon Olsen wrote:Thats very cool Dave!

around here, space isnt as limited but im sure its possible to save money just about anywhere by checking locals classifieds



No matter where you go, there are valuables that need to be stored. Many stored items are eventually abandoned by the owners. Those TV shows where they open storage lockers and auction everything off, are a testament to over consumption. I'll make sure to get a contract signed that lays out what happens if the owner disappears for over a year. Even when they don't disappear, people's situations often change and they become very keen to sell unwanted stuff when moving far away. As the landlord, I'll be the first to hear about the fire sale. Did somebody say low ball offer.
 
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The other trailer was sold, so they didn't need to store it. I'm now ready to occupy the land some of the time.

I'm currently looking at storing a newer 28 ft. Airstream. It will come down to the owner's ability to obtain storage insurance. The risks are theft, vandalism and tree branches. There have been no people problems since the arrival of my tenant who lives in a 5th wheel trailer. I will clear a spot of anything that looks to be ready to blow down.

The arrangement would allow me or my children to use the trailer.

 
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