Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Get the Campsite Set up Vintage Style...

These are pictures of trailers that are not mine, but ones that I have found off the Internet over the years. I just love how these clever owners had set up their "camp sites". Vintage Trailer people are fun loving people who love whimsy. I love the flamingos and the little white fence, also the clothes line.
Love the wreath hanging from the side of this trailer.

The artificial grass carpet and white chairs... practical yet... fun.

This Shasta owner has a great vintage awing.. also don't you love the vintage table cloth and artificial flowers.

Monday, August 30, 2010

A Peek Inside the Shasta Compact

The little Shasta Compact trailer's Theme is Route 66 and all those fun thing you pick up along your travels at tourism shops.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Vintage Trailers.... Let's Party

My good friend Jean dressed up for one of my vintage trailer parties.
She's sitting in "Lucy" one of my little trailers in the Vintage Trailer Park.

This was a night time party with Kids. We had a hula hoop and bubble gum blowing contest and drank root beer out of bottles. Everyone got in the act. It was so much fun.

We called this party: "Nancy's Night Time Vintage Trailer Extravaganza".

Welcome New Followers to My Vintage Trailer Blog!!

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.

My sister and I in front of our Camper in 1968, Notice the trailer next to us.
I'm the one in the white coat.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

A Fellow Bloggers Trailer.... Oh so Cute!!

Amy's Vintage Cottage has a wonderful blog and she's a vintage trailer fan also. I love her style. She has an adorable little trailer that has been decorated to perfection. Check out her blog...

Saturday, August 21, 2010

I Love Lucy

I've always love Lucy... so of course I had to name one of my trailers.... "Lucy" in honor of her. The decorating theme is whimsy with pinks, aqua, yellow and polka dots.

My trailers are just little time capsules to decorate with fun vintage treasures.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Campfire Tonight at The Vintage Trailer Park

One of the questions that I get asked the most is... "What do you do with your Trailers?", My answer is that it's a favorite place for our family to spend time together... having a campfire at night while all the little trailers are lite up.
This is our "Burn Ring" ... It's a washing machine interior tub on legs. Kind of Redneck.., but it works great. We saw them at a camper rally. What's great about them is that they are portable and can be used on blacktop, cement etc. For $20 we've had priceless memories with our little burn ring.

Friday, August 13, 2010

Original Condition Shasta Trailer

We spotted this Shasta Airflyte trailer while in Galena, Illinois. The owners were gracious to give me quick tour of the interior. It had been in their family the entire time and had only been used a few times. It was in pristine condition.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Pictures from The Vintage Trailer Museum

This pictures probably from the late 30's 40's...
These are pictures I took sometime ago at my visit to the Vintage Trailer Museum in Elkhart Indiana.

This is a miniature that someone had built and drove it in parades. It's child's size. Kind of like the ones the Shriners use in parades. Really Cute!!


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