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Etsy List: Carry on Camping!

Monday, August 4th, 2014

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'Carry on Camping!' Etsy List from H is for HomeFestival season is in full swing with Leeds, V, Reading, Green Man and Wilderness all happening this month so good reason to get yourself kitted out with some fantastic vintage camping gear!

Well, look no further than our Carry on Camping! Etsy List. Ex-army tent? Check! Original 70s sleeping bag? Check! Enamel mugs and aluminium percolator for camp-fire coffee? Check! Even an album of camp sheet music to get your very own sing-song going!

Carry on Camping!
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Campervan Collecting

Friday, June 24th, 2011

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vintage yellow and orange Primus stove

We picked up this fabulous vintage camping stove last week.

vintage yellow and orange Primus stove

It was produced by Primus of Sweden in the 1960s/70s.

vintage yellow and orange Primus stove

It’s a great colour and design, folding up to form a handy carry case.

We mentioned in our recent Bookmarks review of My Cool Campervan that we’re hoping to get our own campervan sometime in the not too distant future.

vintage orange enamel kettle and green patterned melamine plates

We’ve actually started a campervan ‘bottom drawer’ – or ‘hope chest’ – to our American, Canadian and New Zealand readers.

The stove’s now been added to it.

vintage orange enamel kettle

It contains all kinds of stuff – well designed, cheerfully decorated and unbreakable (or at least exceedingly robust).

vintage white enamel kettle

We’ve got kettles and teapots…

vintage enamel kettle, coffee pot and teapot

…and lots of melamine plates & bowls.

vintage green patterned Tefal melamine plates

detail from vintage green patterned melamine plate

There are drinking vessels in all sizes & shapes.

collection of vintage melamine cups

We reckon there’ll be lots of tea drinking…

collection of vintage pottery mugs

…and with all that tea we’ll obviously be eating lots of cake.

vintage three tier cake tin

…and when we run out of cake we’ll have to resort to mere bread!

vintage orange painted metal bread bin

We’ve got lots of cosy blankets for when it’s a bit chilly…

collection of vintage blankets and throws

…and deck chairs for when its sunny.

collection of colourful vintage garden and camping chairs

Will there be any space left in the campervan for us?

Bookmarks – My Cool Campervan

Monday, May 30th, 2011

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My Cool Campervan book with vintage mug, crochet blanket and orange camping kettle

A vintage campervan has been on our wish list for a very long time.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a blue Commer page in My Cool Campervan featuring a yellow Commer

Whilst we enjoy staying in a holiday cottage as much as the next person, we often dream of hitting the road for an overnight stay or long weekend on the spur of the moment… whenever the mood takes us or the weather looks too good to waste.

vintage Airstream in a field

page in My Cool Campervan featuring an Austin Loadstar

We live only an hour or two’s drive from all kinds of lovely places – the Lake District, North Wales, Cheshire, the East & West coasts spring to mind for starters. Then there’s the rest of the UK to visit for slightly longer trips… and then mainland Europe after that!

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Bedford CA campervan

vintage Bedford CF page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Bedford CF campervan with its trailer

It would make travelling with Fudge a lot easier too as he’d always have that secure home away from home to put him at ease. Plus, there’s all the fun of kitting it out of course. We already have a campervan ‘bottom drawer’ where blankets, picnic boxes and melamine items are steadily accumulating.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Ginetta car camper

page in My Cool Campervan featuring an Austin 152 car camper

Reading My Cool Campervan (by Jane Field-Lewis & Chris Haddon) has really persuaded us to get our finances in order and hunt one down – it’s been totally inspirational and we’ve a renewed focus all of a sudden.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Bedford CA named Cuthbert

page in My Cool Campervan featuring the interior of a GMC motorhome

Each chapter of the book is dedicated to an actual vintage campervan – the authors & photographer travelled far & wide to visit them.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a VW Devon campervan page in My Cool Campervan featuring a VW Hightop used to go surfing

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a VW Westfalia page in My Cool Campervan featuring a 1965 VW Microbus campervan

For each vehicle there’s a little introduction to its make & model, a brief history of its life to date and a chat with the current owners… where they found it, work carried out, how they use it etc.  There are also ‘style notes’ where we’re given a sneak peak into how they’ve decked out their pride & joy.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Dodge Travco motorhome named Myrtle

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Bush radio in a vintage campervan page in My Cool Campervan featuring the dining table in a vintage campervan

Everyone’s love and enthusiasm really shines through. Many of the owners have given their vans names and there’s also many a sad tale of reluctant sales.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring the interior of a vintage Morris Marina campervan page in My Cool Campervan featuring the interior of Debbie, a 1968 Bedford CA Dormobile Debonaire campervan

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Caravelle Club campervan

One seller even tried to buy back the campervan he sold a week after parting with it – offering more than it was initially sold for!!

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Toyota Devon campervan

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Dodge campervan with colour coordinating bicycle

Tina Hillier‘s photos are tremendous too – they make you just want to pack a picnic and get out there!

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a a Fiat 238 Weinsberg campervan

page in My Cool Campervan featuring an Airstream motorhome page in My Cool Campervan featuring an Airstream motorhome interior

So, this book gets a ‘highly recommended’ award from us – whether you’re already a campervan owner, hanker after one like us or are just fans of the vintage scene generally. We absolutely loved it!

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a campervan boot full of colourful luggage and bedding

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Dormobile Roma MKII micro-camper named Lil Blue

As usual, My Cool Campervan is available on both our UK & US Amazon A-stores.

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Wildgoose Mini campervan

page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Morris A60 campervan

For caravan lovers, the authors have previously published My Cool Caravan – click on the link to look inside!

vintage Citroen H fire engine page in My Cool Campervan featuring a Citroen Nomad campervan

[Many thanks to Anova Books for supplying this review copy]

H is for… Holiday

Saturday, June 26th, 2010

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funky vintage armchairs in our sunny garden

We’re in the middle of a long, dry, sunny spell … by Pennine standards at least!

vintage orange sun lounger

And here’s the ideal thing for this perfect summer holiday weather.

vintage collapsible picnic table & chairs

This fantastic, French 1950s picnic table & chairs has just gone into our pitch at Picture House Antiques.

vintage collapsible picnic table & chairsvintage collapsible picnic table & chairs
vintage collapsible picnic table & chairsvintage collapsible picnic table & chairs

The wooden table collapses to form a carry case – and the metal & canvas chairs fold up inside – great for picnics, camping or in the garden.

vintage drinkups on matching metal trayvintage woollen car/picnic blanket with leather carry handle
vintage yellow & white cooler/cool boxvintage blue malamine cup & saucer set
vintage stacking picnic boxvintage picnic basket with sandwich boxes, juice bottle and twin vacuum drinks flasks

And of course you’ll also need picnic blankets, coolers, baskets, indestructible crockery, sun loungers and stuff for the beach.

vintage inflatable pillowvintage fold up camping stool
vintage wicker picnic basket with drinks flasks, melamine cutlery,  crockery & matching tableclothgreen vintage vacuum jugvintage green patterned melamine triosvintage inflatable li-lo / airbed

Check out the Great Outdoors section in our H is for Home web shop for similar stuff.

Camp it up!

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

We’re always on the lookout for vintage camping & picnic wares.

Our favourite purchase in the last week has to be this fabulous set of camping chairs.

The 4 canvas chairs – dating from the 1940s or 50s – come in their own carrying case.

This case has corner holes and converts into a sturdy, wooden-topped table.

We’ll add them to our Great Outdoors section sometime soon.

This department has been popular with our customers this summer – here’s a few of our favourite items that have passed through … or are currently for sale.

This set of lovely, sunshine yellow cups & saucers went to Norway recently…

Their new owner, Camilla Elene Erøy, blogged about her new acquisition

Another of our customers bought a few vintage accessories from us for her new VW camper van hire business.

We started our own camper van fund a while ago – which has slowly been building up. It will make our holidays, weekend breaks & buying trips a bit easier… especially with a large dog to consider.

We even have a camper van ‘bottom drawer’.

This cool box and melamine plates are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new home… a vintage, two tone green VW camper van…

… along with a selection of cosy blankets & throws.

We also picked this set up yesterday on a day trip to Ilkley. We think it’s destined for our bottom drawer – but how many melamine plates will we need?!

We got it from a lovely little shop that we’ve just discovered. It’s called Cakewalk and it’s tucked away on Trafalgar Road. It’s only a small shop but it manages to display a great selection of vintage and recycled fashion & homewares. Well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.

Happy camping!!!