Mark Ang is too young to have many skeletons in his closet, but he’s super keen on carting away whatever extra stuff you can’t fit into yours.
The 22-year-old Toronto entrepreneur came up with the idea for an online storage solution called Second Closet when he and his older brother David, 23, moved into a tiny condo in Liberty Village with very little closet space.
They quickly found out that not only was storage expensive, but the process of getting space was rigid. They had to deal with standard space sizes and minimum monthly rental fees — and there was no seamless delivery service between storage and home without the added cost of renting a moving truck.
“We were in a small, 500-square-foot condo with our Golden Retriever Riley, and the condo lockers were small, dirty and expensive,” he recalls.
His brother “had the bedroom that had one small closet because he was paying the rent, so I needed a place to store my things,” Ang says.
So the idea, and the name of the company, came to him quite naturally. And the concept is simple: they pick up your stuff, store it and return it to you whenever you want for as little as $3 a month.