It took almost a year, but she is up and running! A traveling boutique that carries my Bags, along with much more. Check out the highlights from this crazy, amazing, challenging and fulfilling journey.
Saturday December 4th
Craft & Vendor Show
The Frederick Fair Grounds
797 East Patrick St Frederick,Md
We purchased this 1983 Shasta Camper on July 25, 2020. My husband and I knew we wanted a renovation. It proved to be much more...
Nothing had been touched on the inside for years. That was ok because we had a vision! But, we had to get passed years of neglect.
"Darrell" the squirrel had taken up residence inside one of the large cabinets.(I had to name him) A friend said maybe he needed a safe space to pass peacefully. RIP Darrell
The more we tore out, the more we realized it all had to go. We took it apart piece by piece so we could put it back together the "correct" way. Well, with a few improvements.
All that was left was the trailer base. We redesigned her and moved the doors to the opposite side plus raised her roof a few feet. I kept two doors for better traffic flow. I also wanted to keep her curved ends like her original design.
I wanted the outside to have a texture, not just a smooth finish, again trying to keep the look of the original Shasta. We used a black metal roofing material. The red finish is a waterproof sealer...which is a definite!
I was so excited that we were able to keep the original doors and crank out windows. Luckily, the doors held up after taking them down several times to repaint, as I was trying to get the right shade. But ultimately, I decided to go with a bright white.
After a lot of research, we decided to use pallet wood for the ceiling. It took 128 pieces and 1280 hours (well it felt like it;)
The wood was cut, squared, sanded, brushed with polyurethane, arranged by color variation then installed.
We used shiplap for most of the walls along with some beadboard.
The fitting room/bathroom (when traveling only) is corrugated metal. The floor was easy, a waterproof laminate.
I wanted to have a variety of finishes inside, but not too overwhelming.
Saturday June 5, 2021 was her Big Debut...316 days later. I'm not crying, you're crying. We literally worked up to the last minute, with the help of family and friends. Her Debut was a family event and I was so happy they were all there to celebrate! I would not have done it without them, they were part of the entire process.
I could not have asked for a better day. I am beyond grateful for all of the support! You all have truly helped this lady bring her dream, of owning her own little shop, to reality.
The Bags are the number one item in the boutique. You will also find other accessories to complete your look, along with fun stuff for your home. From jewelry, to candles, to sassy coffee mugs & magnets, to macrame' wall hangings and more.
A special thank you to Stella's very first customer! You were awesome!!
Just a view of the other end of Stella and some of the amazing friends who came out for her Debut!
A BIG Thank You to this guy who made it all possible! I could not have done this without his skill, support and hard ass work!!