Only in Eugene: Scary Doll Collection in Search of Storage

Only in Eugene: Scary Dolls in Search of Storage

Scary clown doll on Castle Storage sign on Danebo Road in Eugene, OregonEugene prides itself on being different from a typical town.  I'm always discovering new and interesting places and examples that show why people here take pride in their individuality.

This carries over to local businesses too.  This sign catches your attention when you're driving southbound on Danebo Road and crossing the railroad tracks near Castle Storage.

Every time I drive this road, I never fail to see the clown doll and headline.  I don't currently need storage, but if I do I'll be thinking of Castle Storage as the place to store my stuff.

Rick Obst is an Arizona native who moved to Eugene, Oregon in 2005 and fell in love with the verdant Pacific Northwest.  He enjoys photography and discovering the many people, places, and events that make this part of the world so special.

To learn more about Eugene, Lane County, and western Oregon, visit 365 and More Things to do in Lane County, Oregon on Facebook.  You'll see hundreds of pictures and links to discover the beauty and attractions of this special area.


Comment balloon 11 commentsRetired from ActiveRain • September 14 2013 07:43AM


Rick, this is a great marketing idea. I bet it does get a lot of attention.

Posted by Kathy Stoltman, Ventura County Real Estate Consultant 805-746-1793 (Rockwood Realty) almost 7 years ago

Rick- Smart marketing, and I can think of a few homes I've staged that should have called Castle Storage.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) almost 7 years ago

This reminds me of a hunter that was a client. I told him that his collection of "heads' scare people.   He didn't think it would be a big deal, until the cable guy went downstairs to install cable and went running and screaming out of the house.  He was so freaked out by the large number of head at eye level - it really frightened him.   I said, when I sell this home, these go to storage.

Posted by Yvette Chisholm, Associate Broker - Rockville, MD 301-758-9500 (Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc.) almost 7 years ago

There is a message in here.  What could we all think of that could be this catchy to brand ourselves.  Thanks for the inspiration.

Posted by Elise Harron, Rural Vacant Land and Development Specialist (Dirt Road Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

You have to use cathchy things like this to market your services if you want people to notice.

Posted by Edward Gilmartin (CRE) almost 7 years ago

It's great for us to network with local small businesses.  Maybe you can find out more about that business from the owner(s) and how they came up with that sign.  It really does grab attention!

Posted by Andrew Payne Realtor® Richmond VA Homes For Sale~804-938-5257~, Richmond, VA, Real Estate, SRES®, NAR Green (Piedmont Real Estate) almost 7 years ago

That would get your attention.  Great marketing idea.

Posted by Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD (The Celtic Connection Realty) almost 7 years ago

That sign is one of the best marketing ideas I've seen in a long time.

Posted by Raymond Denton, Veteran Friendly Realtor® (Homesmart / Evergreen Realty) almost 7 years ago

Great advertisement. Almost want to store stuff there or at least drive by so I can see the sign. Bares a resemblance to some of the people I have worked with.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max By The Sea) almost 7 years ago

Great sign and great post.  I will have to start looking around to see if I can find any interesting signs like this one in Corpus Christi, Texas.  Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Brenda J. Andrew, Professional Realtor in Corpus Christi, TX (ULTIMA REAL ESTATE) almost 7 years ago

Thanks for reading this Only in Oregon blog post and commenting.  Castle Storage bills itself as the largest self storage facility in Eugene, with over 1300 units in different sizes.  It even has a metal dragon named Ophelia on a castle tower guarding the entrance.  I may write a post about Castle Storage and its owners in the future.

Posted by Retired from ActiveRain almost 7 years ago