Let's Go Camping

May 28th, 2009 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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A good friend gifted me this Happy Camper Chardonnay. After sharing it with two other friends over a nice dinner, I re-gifted it to the Hendry family for re-use in their camping trailer. Now thats what I call re-recycling! Im thinking olive oil or the standard candle holder. Maybe this will give them a leg up at their next glamping competition.
Meet John, Stephanie, and Ruby Hendry. One little, happy family! This particular trailer of theirs actually sits in their driveway behind a picket fence. Its glammed up with a picnic table, vintage umbrella, plant stand, and some old Adirondack chairs. It acts as a guest room for out-of-towners like me and a sleep-over getaway for Ruby and her teenaged gal pals. Love that! The trailer is a 1957 Jewel and is lovingly referred to as a canned ham trailer. Why? Because thats what it looks like bumping down the road! These kids buy old trailers and do the restoration lovingly with their own hands. They also own another canned ham that they loan out to trailerless friends (how cute is that?!) and the 1975 Airstream Tradewind that appears in Junk Beautiful, Outdoor Edition.
Heres the itty-bitty, cozy kitchen. Sorry no dishwasher. Oh I forgot there is one...John!
Although the kitchen is small there is still plenty of room for everything you need. I love the vintage canisters for cooking and baking staples.
Now here is a bit of the glam. An old thermos, groovy s&p shakers, and a sparkly little vintage vase. Stephanie collects little kitchy knick-knacks during her travels. Its a great way to remember a journey!
You gotta love this. A vintage Zenith! Crank up the tunes and bust out the moves baby. Lets do the Mashed Potato! By the way, it actually still works.
The mess hall! Window coverings and pillows crafted from vintage drapery panels. The linoleum tabletop? Its original. Awesome!! This area also converts into sleeping quarters. When I asked Stephanie how any many people does this trailer sleep her response was...Comfortably, three and a half. Hmm...! Yes, Fred theres room for all of you, but we can only accommodate about half of Wilma.
Heeers Wilma! I guess she decided to come along for the ride in picture form rather than leaving half of her body behind. Seriously, I love the addition of this old photo found at a thrift store. I know one of our members (Pieces of the Past?) talked about creating instant ancestors and this is a good example of the that idea. Wilma always enjoys a good dinner party. Shes a great conversationalist!
Another great item to collect while on the road. Vintage maps are fabulous! Not very helpful when it comes to directions, but fabulous none the less.
I was all over these! These are vintage postcards that come in an accordian package. Each postcard has a different scene from one particular area. You can pick these up during your travels for about five buckaroos. I think they would make a great lining for a serving tray..under glass of course!
Nighty night! Ahhh, the master suite. I love the way they have just loaded this little nook with vintage blankies and pillows. You cant believe how comfortable it is until youve crawled in. Man, this makes getting up in the morning a little difficult!
Above the master bed is a loft bed. They use it for storage now, but when Ruby was little she slept here. I think thats where the half comes in!
A good friend gifted me this Happy Camper Chardonnay. After sharing it with two other friends over a nice dinner, I re-gifted it to the Hendry family for re-use in their camping trailer. Now thats what I call re-recycling! Im thinking olive oil or the standard candle holder. Maybe this will give them a leg up at their next glamping competition.

A good friend gifted me this Happy Camper Chardonnay. After sharing it with two other friends over a nice dinner, I re-gifted it to the Hendry family for re-use in their camping trailer. Now that's what I call re-recycling! I'm thinking olive oil or the standard candle holder. Maybe this will give them a leg up at their next glamping competition.


We all know the economy is tight, but we should not let that stop us from having fun this summer. In fact, I have a strong sense that junkers know best how to find the silver lining in this stormy cloud! Heck, if we can't find the silver lining we can always make one ourselves. Ha! So, if you find yourselves with no money (join the club) for a fancy schmancy vacation this summer complete with swanky hotel rooms, poolside pilates, and room service...no worries! Let's all go glamping. This term comes from a combination of two words; glamorous and camping. I think you know what I mean. An ordinary camping experience can be turned into something extraordinary when you junk it up!

The Hendry family has been restoring vintage travel trailers for years and routinely glamp with other trailer enthusiasts. Apparently there are friendly, yet fierce competitions on who can create the most beautiful site with what what they pull from their trailers. Now that sounds like fun! I know what you might be thinking...  I don't own a camper. No problem! I don't own one either, but I do have a vintage tent I purchased at a flea market stashed in the garage somewhere. Elizabeth and I will be pulling that baby out, designing a glamp site of our own, and hitting the road. I'm thinking an "Out of Africa" theme with cots, cushy covers, netting, and chandeliers.Sounds nice, huh? We may even just set it up in the backyard as a quick mid-week getaway. I have to admit, I have a fondness for running water and white porcelain!

I think the best part of this idea is that it takes us back to our roots and awakens fond childhood memories. Family fun doesn't have to be and shouldn't be about spending a ton of cash. Backyard and off-site camping was a way of life for me when I was growing up. The thought of six kids (including 4 boys) piled in the back of the family wagon at 4 AM always puts a smile on my face.

Any hoo, if any of you decide to have a glamping experience of your own I'd love to see pictures! Good luck, create some memories, and have fun!


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Comments (11)

philip1111 writes: Camper trailers are a way to enjoy life!!
In this we go out for camping ,a new world of nature reveals before us!!
I went for a camping and believe me it was a real fun.It was a wild life sanctuary and seeing the beasts in their natural habitat were the moments which could never be forgotten!!
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philip
Posted: 11:05 pm on June 15th
philip1111 writes: Camper trailers are a way to enjoy life!!
In this we go out for camping ,a new world of nature reveals before us!!
I went for a camping and believe me it was a real fun.It was a wild life sanctuary and seeing the beasts in their natural habitat were the moments which could never be forgotten!!
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philip
camper trailer Posted: 11:03 pm on June 15th
JunkArchitect writes: My camping days ended when the cops threw us off the beach at 3:00a.m. They said we weren’t “camping“. But I could get into this…running water, bed, bathroom, Wilma.

Jim



Posted: 10:08 pm on May 31st
fellowjunker writes: Sue,
Well, I'm definitely not a camping fan, but the inside of this camper makes me think that maybe I could learn to love it!!! I absolutely love ALL the vintage additions to this little home on wheels. I can't wait to see your and E's version of a glammed up tent!!!
xojanis Posted: 1:52 pm on May 30th
MichaelRoger writes: On Fame's eternal camping-ground
Their silent tents are spread,
And Glory guards with solemn round
The bivouac of the dead.
You all look like happy campers to me. Happy campers you are, happy campers you have been, and, as far as I am concerned, happy campers you will always be.


camper trailers Posted: 4:47 am on May 29th
Junk_Sophisticate writes: I have "canned ham" envy! A few years ago I looked into purchasing one to refurbish but decided to hold off. Now you've gone and stirred up all those feelings I had. ;)

Fun stuff! The Hendry's look like a wonderful family.
Candy Posted: 10:15 pm on May 28th
italianpeasant writes: ok, pictures coming soon, i pimped out my 1987 camper, barkcloth curtains & all, it looks like a cozy cottage by the lake :) Posted: 7:44 pm on May 28th
alicemom writes: You & Elizabeth can camp in our back yard. I would love to have an "Out of Africa" experience! I would even let you two use the in door plumbing! You could even bring Wilma (if she is not busy that is!).
Really great post!
Smiles,
Alice Posted: 7:23 pm on May 28th
writes: OK, loving this post! Especially the photo of Wilma. Just kills me.

Glamping. I'm in!

:-) JennyK

Posted: 7:01 pm on May 28th
CottageElements writes: What a great little trailer! I'd love to have one of my own for a guest house (or maybe the son when he comes home from college-ha!). Actually it's my 25th Wedding Anniversary in June. Should I surprise my hubby with a glammed up trailer? Or even better, a tent? LOL! Don't think he'd go for that, besides I'm with Geo, I still like the basic necessities of indoor plumbing. But I could possible tease him with it. Thanks for sharing a little of your time in Cali, Sue. Looks like it was a gas!

Lani Posted: 6:34 pm on May 28th
georgiamoon writes: Oh Boy...those Hendry's really do know how to GLAM it up while camping. I love the fact that she pulls out all those gorgeous vintage fabrics and makes a comfy little world for her family and guests. They actually make camping look like FUN...I'm a little partial to the basic necessities of indoor plumbing but I could do this ...for a day or two. Geo Posted: 3:51 pm on May 28th
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