I would like to extend a welcome to all the new followers of my blog. Thanks so much to Brenda at the Cozy Little Cottage for featuring me. I'm new to blogging so thanks for your patience. I'll try to improve my site so that it will be fun for you to check it often.
I have been so impressed with so many blogs. You bloggers are so creative!!!
I thought you might me interested in knowing the history of how I fell in love with vintage travel trailers. I grew up on a farm in western Iowa. My parents didn't own a trailer, we had a pickup camper. We always took a summer vacations in our camper. My father loved history, so I believe I've been to every battlefield, fort and National Park west of the Mississippi. I never had even been to an amusement park until I was in college. I've always had such great memories of travels in our camper.
Now I'm a forty something mother of four and live on an acreage just outside of Iowa City, Iowa. I have a country store and antique shop in our acreage.
The shop is called The Rug Cottage which I started in 1993 out of a grain shed and the antique shop is called "Barntiques" and is located in our turn of the century barn.
Several years ago we bought a "woodland" camping theme for the Rug Cottage. One of the items was a small rounded travel trailer. It was like a light bulb went off in my head... I love vintage and I love traveling... what a perfect combination. Buy a vintage trailer and decorated it with vintage stuff. It could be my vintage time capsule for "Mom's" timeout getaway to read and relax.
I found my first trailer just miles from my house. A young man was using it to stay in while he restored an old farm house. It was a 1958 Yellowstone small rounded trailer. I loved the cozy warm Birch wood interiors and I decorated it with a woodland, Yellowstone National Park theme.
It was so fun ... I was like a kid again decorating my little trailer. I found most of my treasures at thrift stores, garage sales and antique shops. At that time I had never even heard of anyone else doing this.
One day while reading in my little trailer I picked up a magazine from a yard sale and starting reading it. I almost fell over when I turned to the page of an article about a group of women out west called "Sister's on the Fly" who decorate vintage trailers and travel with them for women's fly fishing outings. That was it I was hooked!!!!!
Since then I have a acquired several more trailers. All need restoration work. I decided since we live on an acreage and I have a very understanding husband.. why just have one trailer when I could have a "Vintage Trailer Park"...
We have then all encircled and at night we light them up and sit around the camp fire and roast marshmallows. The "Vintage Trailer Park' has hosted many 50's parities, slumber parities and just plain ole' camp outs.