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Avid Collector? Vancouver Storage Units Offer Solutions

If you are an avid collector, you may have closets, crawl spaces, or whole rooms in your home filled with packed boxes or items on display. In addition to taking up space, keeping potentially valuable items out and unprotected increases the risk of damage or loss. At Iron Gate Storage, our Vancouver storage units offer a clean, cost-efficient space to maintain the value of your collectibles. With the benefit of individual alarm codes and on-site security, you can trust that your items will be kept safe and easily accessible for when you want to inventory or add to your collection.

Keeping Collectibles In A Vancouver Storage Unit

Whether you have an established collection or are considering taking up collecting as a hobby, our Vancouver storage facility can help. Our units come in a variety of sizes to fit any budget. You can customize your unit to fit your needs, using temporary shelving, clear display boxes, and filing cabinets to organize and inventory the items you accumulate. Depending on what you collect, a storage unit in Vancouver can end up paying for itself, if you opt to sell the items you collect at antiques and collectible shows or via the internet. According to eBay, collectible items that are most in demand include:

  • Coins, which include both domestic and foreign currency;
  • Books, particularly first edition or out of print copies;
  • Vintage electronics, such as old telephones and record players;
  • Baseball cards, which can be sold as singles or in bulk;
  • Dolls and action figures, which increase in value if there are in the original box;
  • Antiques, which include glass, china, linens, and home décor items;
  • Stamps, which are enjoyed by over 2.5 million people throughout the world.  

Vancouver Storage Units Keep Collectible Safe

To maintain and get the most value out of your collection, it is important to store items properly. At our Vancouver storage facility, we provide the ideal environment, clean and secure, where you can drive up and unload your items directly. We offer all the supplies you need to pack items securely, including boxes in a variety of sizes, bubble wrap and wrapping paper, as well as moving pads to prevent scratches and breakage. The Spruce offers these tips on preparing collectibles for storage:

  • Make sure items are clean, dry, and dust free;
  • Store books upright, with pages unfolded, and in boxes to avoid fading;
  • Wrap china, glass, figures, and other delicate items in bubble wrap and label to avoid wrapping and unwrapping;
  • Avoid excessive handling of books, paper, fabrics, and metals, which can cause damage due to the oils on your skin;
  • As you collect items, be sure to note where and when you got them and their approximate age at the time of your purchase.

Visit Iron Gate Storage at Our Vancouver Storage Unit Facility

To find out more about our services and the types of storage units in Vancouver we offer, call or visit our facility. We are located at 802 NE 112th Avenue in Vancouver, WA. Our friendly staff and on-site management will be happy to provide a tour of our facility.

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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The Newlywed Vancouver Storage Problem

A newlywed couple is a symbol of new beginnings, life, and a fresh start. No one can seem to help it when they gaze upon a beautiful bride in her wedding dress than to admire the adventure of life and love upon which she is about to embark… that is until you see where they are going to live! Most newlyweds who take this great step in their lives find themselves in small and cramped apartments, and it isn’t unusual to hear that a newlywed couple started out in a flat no larger than 500 sq ft.! Despite how glorious or beautiful their union may be, that is definitely a cramped space!

Iron Gate Storage Vancouver storage units are aware of this newlywed problem and are here to help. With so little space and so many possessions going into a new marriage, there simply isn’t enough space to keep it all. This is why we provide newlywed couples with an affordable space for their belongings as they move up in the world and begin to upgrade their space. If you are a newlywed couple in the area, consider how our self-storage units in Vancouver may be able to help you.

1. Wedding Presents

Family and friends are very giving at weddings. The stacks of gifts and presents to begin their life together really helps the bride and groom financially, and these presents can serve a very useful, practical, or sometimes just beautiful purpose. The problem with this, however, is that wedding presents take up a lot of space in a small apartment really quickly, compounded by another problem that some wedding presents are meant for after the couple has been together for a while, such as when kids come along. With so many gifts and not enough space for them, newlywed couples commonly turn to our storage units for help. They know they have a place where they can keep their belongings until they find a larger space or are able to use them.

2. Furniture

Some of the most common items that newlywed couples keep in a storage unit is furniture. It doesn’t seem like a newlywed couple, especially a couple right out of college may have that much furniture, but it in fact can be a lot. From bookshelves and desks to beds and dresser drawers, when two people consolidate their living space, these items take up a lot of room. Even a smaller sized unit can help to alleviate some of the space issues new couple face with furniture.

3. Extra Vehicles

What’s even harder than the lack of space inside a home is the lack of space outside. It is common that complexes or landlords only require one or at most two vehicles that can be parked in a lot. Extra vehicles may end up being a burden for newlyweds, but they don’t necessarily need to sell their vehicle just because there isn’t space for it. Our Vancouver storage facility also offers covered parking for extra vehicles in addition to storage unit spaces. If you are having trouble knowing what to do with your vehicles, consider renting a special unit just for them.

The Newlywed Storage Experience

Newlyweds and anyone else going through a significant life change will appreciate our Vancouver storage units. Call us today and inquire about our special move-in rates to get you started on your journey through life with one another.

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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Renting Out Your Home in Vancouver

According to the National Multifamily Housing Council, more than 100 million American residents rent their current residence. That is nearly one third of the population. Needless to say, there is no shortage of renter no matter where you go in the States. More and more homeowners have realized this fact, too, as the current trend of home subletting has grown ever-more popular. The other two thirds of the population, even including many residents in Vancouver, are finding more opportunities to rent out their homes and have found the process to actually be rather lucrative.

There are several reasons why homeowners have been more and more inclined to do this. One of the most prevalent is the escalating mortgage situation. Though interest rates for home loans may still be low, the inability of Americans to make full mortgage payments continues to skyrocket. Renting out a living space has been one way of paying a mortgage until more financial stability is achieved. The rent payments have greatly offset the cost of monthly payments. Though there are myriad other reasons why more and more people are becoming landlords, the decision to this yourself may prove challenging without taking a few things into consideration.

Thing to Think About Before Subletting

Renting out your home can typically involve a significant time investment in terms of finding the right renters, the real work starts when you do find your tenant(s) and you have to start clearing out various possessions in order to prepare the house to be sublet. Even though a property manager can help you manage the property while you are gone, they can’t really decide what stays and what goes in terms of possessions that need to be put in storage. Remember that not only should valuable possessions be put away, but removing items and placing them in your storage unit before showing the home to prospective tenants can also help you get the space rented out (because there’s less clutter) and better represent how the rental will be available to the prospective tenants.

If you are subletting your home, make sure you also do your homework in knowing what the specific laws are in your area. Here in Vancouver, Washington, that law is the Washington State Residential Landlord-Tenant Act. It is important to take a damage deposit and make arrangements for automatic payments to be deposited into your bank account. You will also want to check in on your homeowner’s insurance policy to make sure that changes do not need to be made in order to accommodate subletting.

Choose the Right Vancouver Storage Unit

Whatever your reasons are for wanting to rent out your home, renting out a storage space in Vancouver makes sense. We offer your belongings protection and security at reasonable costs. At Iron Gate Storage, our storage professionals are ready to help you find your storage unit at a competitive rate. Contact us today and we’ll help address your needs.

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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Cleaning Up (And Clearing Out) After Halloween

Every year, Americans spend billion of dollars on Halloween supplies, including all the costumes and decorations for kids and adults alike, as well as providing for trick-or-treaters, parties, and neighborhood celebrations, like haunted houses. As an obviously fast-growing consumer holiday, it is inevitable that the supplies are going to build up, and may not be relevant again to you and your family until next Halloween.

Given how expensive costumes and other supplies for this “holiday” are, it doesn’t make sense to simply throw them out or give them away, especially since kids sometimes like to wear their costumes for days (or even weeks) after Halloween is over. And for parents who spent hours putting together the right costume for their child, holding onto that costume can also sometimes mean holding onto the memories of that year, or passing that costume onto a sibling in the future.

Storing Costumes

While packing up Halloween decorations to prepare them for storage may seem straightforward, costumes need to be stored in an appropriate manner so as to be usable in the future. It is important that they are first cleaned appropriately (sometimes this requires dry cleaning to ensure that all stains are removed) and stored in a plastic container or garment bag instead of anything that can trap moisture and end up causing damage, such as a trash bag. If one or more parts of the costume needs to retain a particular shape, you can use Styrofoam or bubble wrap to hold it in place.

Storing Decorations

Just as with costumes, it is important to ensure that any and all decorations going into storage are also as dry as possible first. In addition, do yourself a favor and be sure to label everything so that it is all easy to access next year. Some people also find it helpful to section out the decorations into different categories and store those as one instead of just throwing everything into bins randomly. Fragile items (i.e. glass) should be stored at the top of bins instead of at the bottom.

Storage Units Are Versatile

It might be wise to color-coordinate as you pack away your Halloween materials in case you want to store other holiday decorations in your unit as well. The problem with relying on basements or attics for storage is that moisture and/or too much sunlight can become an issue.

Iron Gate Storage in Vancouver Is Here To Help

Iron Gate Storage is a local small business that specializes in storage and truck rentals for our local communities, business, and government customers. Our mission is to make storage and moving easy and convenient for everyone. Contact us today to find out how we can help you safely store your Halloween supplies until you need them again next year.

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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Pet Owner Benefits of Renting Vancouver Storage Units

In Vancouver, we love our pets. According to data provided by Dogtime.com, more than 62 percent of the households in the state of Washington own at least one pet. To put this number into perspective, that is the 6th highest pet ownership rate for any state in the country. Pets are more than just animals; they are members of the family. Of course, our furry friends can bring with them quite a lot of a clutter. Fortunately, a Cascade Park storage unit offers a simple and cost effective solution to all of your pet-related storage problems.

Storing Pet Supplies

Whether you own a cat, a dog or any other creature, you will likely also have a large amount of pet supplies. Of course, you will want to keep many of these supplies at your home because you will need to use them on a day-to-day basis. Still, you likely also have pet supplies that you use very infrequently. You may even have supplies that you do not need for the time being. These seldomly used or unused items can take up a considerable amount of space. For many people throughout Vancouver, space in the home is at a premium. You may have no room to store all of those pet supplies inside of your home or apartment. Some examples of pet supplies that are often stored in our Cascade park units include:

  • Kennels;
  • Travel crates;
  • Collapse dog runs;
  • Infrequently used pet cleaning products;
  • Unused cages;
  • Unused fish tanks;
  • Litter boxes; and
  • Extra toys.

Warning: Do Not Store Pet Food

Pet food can also take up a lot of space, particularly if you buy it in bulk. However, it is not a good idea to keep pet food in a storage unit. Unfortunately, pet food is likely to attract unwanted pests. These pests can infest your unit and they will soil and damage other items within your unit.

Storage Can Also Help You Pet-Proof Your Home

If you have recently added a new pet to the family, or if you expect to in the future, a storage unit can be a great place to keep items that might not work for the time being. For example, many people have valuable wooden furniture that they do not want in the home with a new puppy. Your new dog may need some time to be trained not to bite before he or she can be around these items. You do not want to risk damage. Similarly, you may have a nice carpet that you want out of your home while you are house-training your new pet. Ultimately, a storage space gives you the flexibility to adjust to life with your new animal friend. It will give a chance to make your home a better environment for you and your new pet without forcing you to get rid of any of your belongings.

Contact Iron Gate Storage Today

We have many well-maintained storage facilities throughout the region, including at Cascade Park. If you have any questions or concerns about storing pet supplies in the Vancouver, please do not hesitate to contact us today. Our team looks forward to hearing from you!

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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Cascade Park Storage in Vancouver: A Guide to Using a 5×5 Unit

A 5×5 storage unit is about the size of a walk-in closet or a small bathroom. Yet, for many people in Vancouver, it provides all of the storage space that is needed. In fact, people are usually shocked to learn just how much stuff can fit into this type of storage unit. Of course, to get the most out of this space you cannot simply stuff all of your items into the unit. You must take the time to carefully pack and organize your belongings. Before renting storage space in Vancouver, please consider the following list of our four tips for using a 5×5 unit.

Disassemble All Large Items

Most large items, particularly large furniture pieces, can be disassembled with relatively little effort. In order to maximize the space available within a 5×5 unit, you should take the time to carefully disassemble these times. By taking this simple step alone, you will dramatically increase the amount of items you can keep in a small storage unit.

Use the Appropriate Boxes

When possible, it is best to avoid storing loose items in a 5×5 storage space. If you can fit your belongings into boxes, you ought to do so. Further, do not just use any box. You need strong and sturdy boxes that are built for storage purposes. Avoid using random boxes that you can pick up from a grocery store or a liquor store. While getting free boxes is nice, these boxes are not very reliable. They could easily break on you. Additionally, they will not be uniform in size. It is best to get boxes that are all of the same size. This will allow you to easily stack your boxes, and stacking boxes is one of the best ways to maximize your space.

Start Along the Walls

When it comes time to actually move your belongings into your storage unit, you should start by working along the outsides of your unit. Work the entire perimeter and then work inwards. You should always try to leave yourself enough space to be able to walk into your unit.

Avoid Overfilling your Unit

Ultimately, you should resist the temptation to overstuff a 5×5 storage space. While there is no doubt that you can fit a lot of items into this type of unit, overdoing it will just create major headaches for you down the road. Obviously, you will eventually need to take your things back out of your storage unit. When this day comes, the last thing you want to deal with is the hassle that comes with a huge pile of disorganized items. If you cannot fit everything into your 5×5 unit, it is simply better to get a bigger unit or even a second storage space.

Do You Need Storage Assistance in Vancouver?

Our team is ready ready to help. At Iron Gate Storage, we offer many conveniently located storage facilities throughout the Vancouver region, including at Cascade Park. Our facilities are always well-maintained and offered at a competitive price. If you are looking for a 5×5 storage space, please do not hesitate to reach out to us today.

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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Apartment Dwellers & Cascade Park Vancouver Storage Units

Increasingly, many Americans of all backgrounds are choosing to move into apartments. The apartment lifestyle has become popular both with young people who are starting off their careers and baby boomers who are looking to downsize. There are many advantages that come with living in an apartment. Of course, the limited space does also present some challenges. One common questions that arises: Where will I put all my stuff? Here, a self storage unit can provide a cost effective solution. By renting self storage space in Cascade Park, you can be sure that you will keep your apartment well-organized and free from clutter.

Did You Recently Move Into an Apartment?

You are not alone. Many individuals and families throughout the Vancouver region are in a similar situation. You may be:

  • A young professional coming directly out of college or graduate school;
  • A young adult relocating to a new city or new neighborhood;
  • A recently married couple moving into their first apartment or condo; or
  • A baby boomer whose children have recently left the house.

Regardless of how you found yourself in your new apartment, there is a good chance that you will need some additional storage space. Exactly how much space you will need can vary greatly depending on your individual circumstances. Many people have a difficult time determining just how much space they actually need. Fortunately, an experienced storage professional can help you assess your situation and determine what size unit will work best for you.

Putting Storage Unit Size into Perspective

In order to understand how much space you will need, you first must get a handle on how exactly how much stuff can fit into a storage unit. After all, assessing storage space is not necessarily intuitive. Far more stuff can fit into a storage unit than many people realize. Consider some of the storage unit sizes available in Cascade Park:

 

  • 5X5: This unit is the size of a small closet. Generally it can fit a few furniture items, several  boxes and a mattress.
  • 5X10: This type of unit is the size of a large walk-in closet. In it, you can usually fit most of the items found in a small apartment.
  • 10X20: This larger style of unit can typically fit all of the items included in a small house.

 

What Other Features Does Iron Gate Storage Have to Offer?

At our Cascade park location, our facility offers:

  • Easy access, as we are located right next to Interstate 205;
  • A free rental truck to help you when you move in;
  • Well secured units, including surveillance cameras and unit alarms;
  • Space for your RV or boat;
  • A well managed and clean facility; and
  • A reasonable price.

Contact Our Team Today

At Iron Gate Storage, our dedicated professionals have extensive experience helping our clients find solutions that meet their storage needs. If you are looking for storage space to supplement your new apartment, our Cascade Park location may be ideal for your you. Please do not hesitate to contact our team today with any questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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Storing Industrial Equipment at Cascade Park

Companies, especially contractors, often have sizeable amounts of industrial equipment that they need to have stored but don’t have anywhere to put it. Whether you are storing landscaping equipment during the offseason, or items from your office during a renovation, our team can help. For many businesses, renting storage unit space is a cost-effective solution to their problems. If you are planning on storing business equipment in Vancouver, please consider the following advice.

The Elements are a Threat

Equipment and tools should be kept away from the elements. Sunlight, water, and wind will quickly wear down even the sturdiest equipment. This demonstrates that equipment should never be stored outside. Far too many people think that they can keep important equipment under a tarp, but even this is insufficient. If something is valuable enough to keep, then it needs to go inside of a secure storage unit. Once stored safely, you can be confident that your equipment will be fully protected from the elements.

Be Sure to Remove Fuel from any Equipment

If you are storing a piece of heavy equipment that uses gasoline or any other type of fuel, you need to fully remove this fuel before placing the item into storage. In fact, the EPA strongly suggests that all fuel be completely removed before even a moderate amount of storage time. When fuel sits in tank or an engine for longer than a few weeks at a time, it will typically begin to damage sensitive parts of the machine. Please refer to the instruction manual of your machinery for additional information on how to deal with removing any remaining fuel.  

Thoroughly Clean Your Equipment

You should also take the time to clean any equipment before storing it. Following any significant amount of use, a lot of dirt, grease, and grime will build up on industrial equipment. If you leave this equipment unattended in storage for weeks or months at a time, all of that debris will begin to corrode the machine. It is well worth the effort and resources to thoroughly clean your equipment. This will go a long way towards preventing damage. After all, you are storing this equipment for future use and you need to keep it safe.  

You May Need a Climate-Controlled Unit

Climate control will ensure that the temperature and humidity in your storage unit both stay within the appropriate range. Many types of business equipment do best inside of a climate controlled storage unit. While not all equipment requires climate control, it is something that should always be considered. For businesses, using this type of unit can often make their equipment last much longer, thereby saving a significant amount of money in the long run.

Contact Our Storage Professionals Today

At Iron Gate Storage, we can help you find a spot to keep industrial or business equipment. Our team is dedicated to offering our customers well maintained and fully secured storage units at a competitive price. To learn more about our Cascade Park location, or any of our other storage locations, please contact our team today. We look forward to assisting you!

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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5 Mistakes to Avoid When Storing Items at Cascade Park

Many people report feeling less stressed when their home or business is de-cluttered. A self-storage unit can be a great tool to help you get organized. However, without proper care, your storage unit itself could also become a mess. If you are renting storage space in Vancouver, please consider the following list of five mistakes that should always be avoided.

  1. Miscalculating the Space Needed

Do you need a 5’x5’ unit, a 10’x10’ unit or perhaps even a 10’x20’ unit? If you do not know the answer to the question off the top of your head, do not worry. Very few people do. Before selecting your unit, it is well worth your time to carefully consider how much stuff you have for storage and how much space that stuff will take up. Many people fail to properly assess the space they need. You do not want to end up halfway through putting your items into your unit only to realize that you need more space.

  1. Not Considering a Climate-Controlled Unit

Are any of your items sensitive to temperature or humidity? If so, your best option would be a climate controlled unit. Some examples of commonly stored items that should be stored in a climate controlled unit include:

  • Any type of documents;
  • Electronics;
  • Photo albums; and
  • Appliances.
  1. Not Labelling Your Boxes

You should always take the time to label your boxes in as much detail as is necessary. Essentially, you should be able to tell what is inside of each box without opening it. Do not assume that you will be able to remember the contents of all of your boxes. The last thing you want is to be stuck opening up seven different boxes frantically looking for one specific item.

  1. Failing to Plan Ahead

When the day comes to actually move your things into your unit, you should be sure that you have planned everything out. There are many different issues that you will need to consider; for example:

  • Do you have access to the appropriate packing supplies?
  • Do you need to rent a truck?
  • Do you have enough manpower to carry everything?
  • Do you know precisely where each box will go inside of your unit?

The bottom line is that putting effort into planning will make the day that you move your items into storage go much more smoothly. Further, it will save you a tremendous amount of time in the future.

  1. Over Stuffing the Unit

While it can be tempting to try to fit all of your items into one small storage unit, you should never overfill a unit. If you are unable to walk into your unit without much difficulty, you should probably get more space. The people that overfill their storage units almost always come to regret it.

Do You Need Self-Storage Assistance in Cascade Park?

If you are looking for storage space in Vancouver, Washington, the dedicated professionals at Iron Gate Storage are ready to help. Please do not hesitate to contact our team today to learn more about what we can do for you. We would love to hear from you!

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090
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Tips For Storing Retail Inventory in Cascade Park

Small and mid-sized retail companies can benefit greatly from self-storage. A self-storage unit can be an excellent way to manage the excess inventory that has been piling up. Further, self-storage is convenient, cost-effective, and, when used correctly, a good method of keeping a retail business organized. If you are considering keeping retail inventory in a storage unit at Cascade Park in Vancouver, please consider the four following tips.

Select a Location Near Your Business

One of the primary benefits of using a self-storage unit for your extra retail inventory is the convenience that it provides. Self-storage can allow you to maintain full control over your inventory while allowing for quick access to your items. In order to best utilize this benefit, you should select a storage unit that is located in close proximity to your retail business. For example, the Cascade Park location of Iron Gate Storage is located just off of Interstate 205. A location like this always allows for quick and easy access to needed inventory.

Leave Enough Space to Walk Through Your Unit

This is an important tip for storing retail inventory. You must avoid the temptation to over-pack your storage unit. If you find that you need additional space, it is well worth your money to rent a second or third unit. Leaving room for you to walk around will save you a substantial amount of time. Ultimately, your storage unit is for business purposes. When it comes to business, your time is your money. Further, you will likely want to rotate your retail inventory, especially if you are accessing your inventory regularly. By not over-packing your storage unit, you will make the process of inventory rotation much more efficient.

Create and Maintain a Comprehensive Inventory List

Everyone benefits from a well organized storage unit, but proper organization is particularly important for business owners. If you are storing a large amount of retail inventory in your unit, things can quickly become hard to manage. However, you can easily rectify that potential problem if you know exactly what is in your unit. The last thing any business owner wants is to lose any inventory. You need to know when to order more of an item and when you already have enough. It is important to create and maintain a detailed inventory list so you always know exactly what you have and exactly where you can find it. By taking some simple organization steps upfront, you can save yourself significant time, energy and headaches in the future.  

Pack Your Items Carefully

Finally, you should take great care when packing and storing your inventory. After all, damaged or misplaced inventory will hit your bottom line. When things are packed carefully, it will dramatically cut down on the risk that your goods will becomes lost or broken.

Contact Iron Gate Storage at Cascade Park in Vancouver

A self-storage unit can be the ideal spot to keep excess retail inventory. If you need storage space in the Vancouver, Washington region, please do not hesitate to contact the dedicated professionals at Iron Gate Storage today. Our team is committed to helping you find the storage solution that best suits your needs.

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090