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Inside the Design Eye of John Fryer

Customer John Fyer at our CubeSmart facility in Denver

This is one of a series of stories we are sharing to show what's inside CubeSmart. You not only get a peek inside our customer's storage unit, but also a peek inside what is important to them. Thank you to John Fryer, a customer of our CubeSmart store in Denver, Colorado., for sharing his story with us.

John Fryer was in the business of dealing antiques, art, photography, and furniture for nearly his entire career. Now that he's retired, it maybe shouldn't come as a surprise that he's still at it – using our CubeSmart store in southeast Denver, Colorado as his business base.

"I've been a CubeSmart customer on and off for a number of years," he tells us. "I chose this location because it's climate-controlled and close to my house."

Of course, when you're storing mid-century modern and contemporary furniture and art bought at estate sales all over the region, it makes sense that convenience is incredibly important. Not to mention climate, given that Colorado's dry air already does a number on many types of wood.

John is also very pleased with other aspects of his CubeSmart experience.

"The peace of mind of having my stuff in a secure location has probably been the biggest benefit of using CubeSmart," John says. "That and the space allows me to carry a greater inventory than if I was storing it at home."

John normally visits his CubeSmart store two or three times a week. In addition to unloading new finds, he also stages and photographs inventory in the spacious lobby area.

"It's clean and bright and the people who work here are always friendly," he says.

John uses the photographs he takes to advertise inventory on the Denver-area Craigslist. When someone is interested in a particular piece, he invites him or her to check out the item at the CubeSmart itself, which is equipped with 24-hour video monitoring and controlled access.

"I'll meet them here and show them whatever they want to see," he says. "It's very convenient."

When John isn't buying and selling design items, he spends time with his grandchildren, who range in age from four to 21. With three of the eight in the Denver area, it probably won't be too long until they're looking to Grandpa to help them find that special piece for their new homes. And when they do, chances are it will already be in storage at CubeSmart.

We'd love to hear how self-storage has positively impacted your life. Share your #HumansofSelfStorage story in the comments.

About the author

Bree Neely

Bree Neely is a communications expert and former Brooklynite based out of Denver, Colorado. She is co-founder of Direct Object, a marketing firm serving national B2B and B2C clients. When not tapping away at her keyboard, she keeps busy traveling, skiing and overseeing a variety of children and animals.

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