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Tiny House Living Festival: See skoolies, other small shelters (photos)

Some people will never get the appeal of a tiny house. They see a portable, compact abode built on a travel trailer and can’t image how they could store their stuff, let alone stretch out, in a space smaller than a parking spot.

Then there are tiny house enthusiasts, who share stories of their simpler, happier lifestyle untethered to unnecessary objects. They write blogs and post photos of their very customized bitty home, and gather at events such as the Tiny House Living Festival at Washington state’s Clark County Fairgrounds Friday, Sept. 15 through Sunday, Sept. 17.

Fresh from a Tiny House Living Festival near Denver, the organizers of this three-day expo plan to offer hands-on workshops, product and service booths and the chance to chat with boosters of small space living.

In addition to tiny houses on wheels, people can see school bus conversions (skoolies), RVs, vans, yurts and other alternative shelters.

Speakers well known in the tiny house community will talk about benefits like the ability to travel and have fewer housing expenses. The line up includes Kent Griswold, editor of the trusted Tiny House Magazine, Jenna Spesard of the inspirational Tiny House Giant Journey travel blog and Charles Kern, host of Great American Country’s show, “Bus Life Ever.”

The emcee is Michelle Boyle, who built a retirement tiny house in Sherwood on private land outside the city.

The design and construction experience was so rewarding, she’s building two more small-scale houses on wheels.

Boyle says the event, the largest collection of tiny houses and skoolies open to the public in the Pacific Northwest, allows for face-to-face conversations with experienced builders and vendors “who can help you move to the next step to meeting your simpler life or tiny house goals.”

Organizers expect attendees will range from young couples who want to create a home they can afford to empty nesters who want to downsize.