Rosie – Interior Update Pics and Her New Home

So, Rosie is getting some new digs.  I think she is excited.  I know I am!

Before you ask… No.  It is not a barn.  I want a barn. I wish we had a barn. I dream of a barn.  But no… not a barn.
But we do have a new driveway and it is about time.

This is before:


Yecchh. That weed infested dirt area is where Rosie was living before. It is looking really ratty.

This is after:


So. Much. Better. Buh bye weed gravel. Hello real grownup people driveway.

 Right now Rosie is living on the back patio until the driveway cures.


She looks cute.  She’ll look even better with a new paint job.

And how is she doing on the inside?  Well, I cleared the bunks out and now she looks great!  Take a peek in… hey.. wait!?  Is that a phone bench?  A card table? Chairs? A rolly cart? Who put all of that stuff in there?IMG_1163 IMG_1167











Oh right.  Me.  Because this what happens when I don’t have a barn.  I rip the guts out of the trailer, I spend the next three days hunting down some amazing treasures, and then I have nowhere to store my cool stuff other than in my trailer.  Because my garage, house, and both porches are ALREADY full of cool old 1950s tables (4 of them) and fun chairs (at least 8 of them), cabinet radios, typewriters,  a big old toboggan, vintage washing machines (only one of those) and ::sigh:: lots of other awesome stuff that would love to live in a barn.

Sorry, everyone.  I will do my best to clear her out when it is not 2000 degrees outside and you really will get some nice interior shots.


By the way, how cute is that phone bench?  I can’t wait to clean it up and recover it.



Meet Rosie…Our Vintage Camper

Rosie M. Banks

Rosie M. Banks

This is Rosie, our 1960-something (we think) canned ham camper of an unknown make and model.  She is named after Rosie M. Banks, a P.G. Wodehouse character. We found her via Craigslist after searching for nearly a year and once we met her we knew she was the one.  My husband drove down to see her first and he declared her fit for purchase and bought her on the spot.  It took a month before we could even bring her home because she was half buried in a wet snow drift and towing her out was nearly impossible.

But once things began to thaw we were able to bring her home to stay.  Like most vintage campers she needs a bit of work to say the least.  We’ll have to paint her exterior, gut the inside, and then… well…   We will certainly do something else. I just don’t know exactly what my plan is right now.  That is being finalized this week.  I know that I want her to serve as a changing/fitting room for when I take her to vintage fairs.  But  I also have dreams of  her doubling as a fun outdoor lounge space near our patio when she is not on the job.

But first things first, I need to get in there and rip out the horrible scary heavy bunk beds.


They are so clunky, heavy and ugly. Towing her was miserable – all that lumber adds a ton of weight.

Anyway, stay tuned. I have plans to have her ready for The Vintage Bazaar in September. I applied late in the season and I have high hopes I will be accepted for the September show… but still no word. Fingers crossed!!