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!
We picked up this fabulous vintage camping stove last week.
It was produced by Primus of Sweden in the 1960s/70s.
It’s a great colour and design, folding up to form a handy carry case.
We’ve actually started doing some campervan collecting… starting a campervan ‘bottom drawer’ – or ‘hope chest’ – to our American, Canadian and New Zealand readers.
The stove’s now been added to it.
It contains all kinds of stuff – well designed, cheerfully decorated and unbreakable (or at least exceedingly robust).
We’ve got kettles and teapots…
…and lots of melamine plates & bowls.
There are drinking vessels in all sizes & shapes.
We reckon there’ll be lots of tea drinking…
…and with all that tea we’ll obviously be eating lots of cake.
…and when we run out of cake we’ll have to resort to mere bread!
We’ve got lots of cosy blankets for when it’s a bit chilly…
…and deck chairs for when its sunny.
Will there be any space left in the campervan for us?
A vintage campervan has been on our wish list for a very long time.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Each chapter of the book is dedicated to an actual vintage campervan – the authors & photographer travelled far & wide to visit them.
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.
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.
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!!
Tina Hillier‘s photos are tremendous too – they make you just want to pack a picnic and get out there!
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!
As usual, My Cool Campervan is available on Amazon.
For caravan lovers, the authors have previously published My Cool Caravan – click on the link to look inside!
[Many thanks to Anova Books for supplying this review copy]
We’re in the middle of a long, dry, sunny spell … by Pennine standards at least!
And here’s the ideal thing for this perfect summer holiday weather.
This fantastic, French 1950s picnic table & chairs has just gone into our pitch at Picture House Antiques.
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.
And of course you’ll also need picnic blankets, coolers, baskets, indestructible crockery, sun loungers and stuff for the beach.
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…
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.