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Storage Buildings

On my drive from Raleigh to Keeling I pass a least a dozen places selling storage buildings.  It seems that we’ve accumulated so much stuff in this country, that we can’t fit it all in our homes.  So these prefab buildings are selling like hotcakes.  Well, sort of.  In fact, it seems that the country is broke from buying so much useless junk (you know, the stuff that we have to put in the storage buildings).  So the signs advertising these buildings proclaim “Financing available” and “Rent to own.” 

Think about it.  Folks have bought so much junk that it won’t fit in their houses.  With stuff overflowing from their homes, they still can’t afford to buy a $1,500 storage building unless it’s financed (at 18% probably).  And if plain old usury is just too generous, then they have the option to “rent to own” the storage building, which permits them to be ripped off even worse.

I passed a big house recently that had FIVE of these storage buildings in the back yard.  Good grief.

I find it sad that so many people would be going into debt to buy storage buildings in which to put the useless junk that they went into debt to buy.  This country is sinking under the weight of a mountain of consumer debt.  It seems that the whole country has just lost its collective mind, as we careen towards national bankruptcy.


Now let me confess that I do own a storage building.  That’s a picture of it at the top of this post.  Because I have zero carpentry skills, and because it was much cheaper to buy a prefab structure than to hire someone to build a custom one for me, I bought it to be our henhouse.  For that, it’s perfect.   We have about 50 chickens who lay there and roost there.  I clean it throughly once a year and apply the litter to my gardens.  It’s great.

The way these buildings are marketed is hilarious.  Often they’re advertised as “Amish buildings” or “built by Amish,” or words to that effect.  In fact, when I bought mine, I could hear the sound of the Amish skilsaws and nailguns coming from the shop where they were being built.  Now there are a lot of Mennonite families in the community where I bought mine, and it’s certainly possible that one of them owned this operation.  If so, I suppose that they figured that “Mennonite buildings” or “built by Mennonites” just didn’t have the same marketing ring.

I reckon our chickenhouse could comfortably hold another 30-40 birds, so we won’t be needing any new storage buildings any time soon.  But if we ever do, it’s comforting to know that the Amish will sell me one on credit.

Love Wins.