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Locked in a Tiny House for 6 Days

How would you feel about being locked up in a tiny house for 6 days?

I love tiny homes, especially the one you’re about to see here, but I don’t like being locked up anywhere.

But I think you’ll enjoy this little adventure in downtown Seattle.

They had everyday people go on a key hunt in and around the city finding clues so that they can free Joshua from being locked in the little house.

It was a marketing concept for the lock company Schlage. Here’s how it worked.

There were fourteen clues to dig up throughout the city and the winner would receive $5,000 plus get to free Joshua.

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Tiny House in Downtown Seattle

How about that? A tiny house parked right in the middle of downtown Seattle!

Locked in a Tiny House for 6 Days

Yup- he’s officially locked in!

Seattle Tiny Homes in Downtown Seattle

Look at all the foot traffic around the tiny home!

Delivering Goodies to the Window

A few awesome people even delivered Joshua some goodies.

Downtown Seattle Tiny House Locked Up

Finally- we have a winner!

Winner of Key to Strong Challenge from Schlage and Seattle Tiny Homes

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Alex is a contributor and editor for TinyHouseTalk.com and the always free Tiny House Newsletter. He has a passion for exploring and sharing tiny homes (from yurts and RVs to tiny cabins and cottages) and inspiring simple living stories. We invite you to send in your story and tiny home photos too so we can re-share and inspire others towards a simple life too. Thank you!
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  • August 25, 2012, 8:20 am

    Great promo idea- good people too. I have a video tour of this very same Ballard-model tiny house too, on youtube- check it out…. a really nice place/build/home on wheels….

  • Wayneburg
    August 25, 2012, 2:17 pm

    This made me smile. Thanks

  • Ryan
    September 2, 2012, 3:20 pm

    I. work. three. blocks. from. there. how. did. I. MISS. THIS???!?!?! And the Ballard is one of my favorite models! Oh well, at least I already know I want to live in a tiny home; I would have loved to have been locked in there. Cool video. Hopefully it interested more Seattlites in tiny houses!

  • Edwin
    March 20, 2013, 12:19 pm

    If I buy Schlage I hope I never loose my key, I like getting out sometimes ha ha

  • MaryJ
    January 25, 2014, 10:32 am

    imagine – in town and not shopping:) hope the sales weren’t on!
    clever advertising and fun way to get peoples attention onto tiny house living.

  • LaMar
    January 25, 2014, 11:29 am

    Well, it might be a good way to show off a tiny house but it might also discourage people from the lifestyle if they see these houses as a prison. The whole Idea is to show people how living smaller and simpler frees you from the prison of a mortgage and monthly bills so while I applaud the effort I hope it does not backfire.

  • fred
    January 25, 2014, 8:05 pm

    he coulda crawled out a window or pulled hinge pins on door if he was truly locked in.

  • Barb Cole
    January 25, 2014, 11:01 pm

    If I had food, the usual utilities, and my dogs could go out and pee, it would be great!! I’d read, watch t.v., Computer, and my cell phone!!
    It would be great! I’ll take that assignment anytime, but first I would have to ask, what did Joshua get out of it??

  • Laura Lee A
    January 26, 2014, 5:24 am

    Me too. Well… A few more blocks then three, but I am always at Westlake, how did I miss this? Darn!

  • kat
    January 28, 2014, 10:39 am

    I love the promotion…
    Funny thing, I’m often “locked” in my own apartment, sometimes for days at a time….If possible. I rather enjoy it. Of course if he had no provisions…that’s a different story. I think the whole idea is great, and a fun way to promote tiny homes. (I think that house is bigger than my apartment…lol)

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