Another inspiration from my reading over at Junkaholique was the thought of using vintage suitcases in the camper for clothes and bits on the back shelf.
With this in mind, I got in touch with lovely Sarah from Vintage Retro Kitsch to see if she had anything suitable. We popped over on a Sunday afternoon to look at the wide array of cases she had stashed away, and came away with this one:
(Apologies for the frankly awful picture quality, but we came home to discover that after a power cut caused by the thawing of the snow, we had an electricity “brownout” (reduced voltage) for nearly a week, so the lighting wasn’t great in the evenings, and during daylight we were both working hard to pay for Ruby!)
It was very tempting to buy two, as this one is navy blue (believe it or not) and Sarah had another similar one in brown, but we wanted to check on how it would fit on the shelf first. Having put it in the van yesterday (and completely neglected to take a photograph. It was dark by that time anyway!) there is room for a second without stacking them, as this would call for fitting jail bars ASAP, but to be honest, I’m not sure if we need another. We have got a lot of cupboard space. But also a lot of camping stuff that I completely forgot to pack away yesterday.
What we need is a nice warm weekend where we can experiment with taking things in and out of cupboards and working out what belongs where. It needs to be warm, as I’m more inclined to look for proper storage solutions when I can feel my fingers and toes!
The next three weekends are fairly stacked up in terms of other commitments (if you can call going on your own hen do a commitment!) which means any van stuff we do will be, well, without the van! We have the old curtains here, having given them a good wash, but they have seen better days and I intend on replacing them with some made from lovely fabric from Fabric Rehab, Fabric Inspirations or Spoonflower, along with matching tablecloths and bolster cushion covers. I may need to enlist the help of Rooobarb’s mum though, and that would entail telling her that we’ve bought the van…
We also need to spend some money – a cover from Just Kampers is on the shopping list, as are some fairy lights (essential, obviously), a leisure battery charger, a spare set of keys need cutting, and at some point we’re going to need to replace the quarterlight window seals and handles. Which then makes us look at the door handles and the grab handle in the cab and wonder if they’d look better in chrome to match the handles on the quarterlights. Yeah, I can see how this gets expensive!
I was not paid to plug anything here. I’m just posting about things I like. All opinions are my own.
We were given the same type of Revelation suitcase when I was a kid by an elderly relative. Loved the way it had funny slides to make it in to a bigger suitcase! 1950’s technology!
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Yes – the sliding bits to expand were a big attraction, and what helped it pip the brown case to the post!
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Hey Custard : we’ve got 3 things in common : I was born & raised in Blackburn (now live in France), I’ve been following Junkaholique’s blog too, bought a splitty last year (from Kirkam Nr Liverpool). Van is in good shape except for the interior which is empty and being refitted at a place in Loughborough during May, so won’t be ready until June. Member of SSVC too ! I like vintage suitcases, fairylights, bunting and other retro stuff. Haven’t got a blog myself tho looking into setting one up.
Nice work your van 🙂
My dad went to uni at Loughborough, and I went to school in Kirkham (near Blackpool, don’t think it’s the same place!)
Would love to see your van – are you on the SSVC forum?
Yep – I’m “relaxmax” but don’t post much. Hope to get over to some shows later in the year & make contact with other members – hope to see you around 🙂