Friday, May 10, 2013

Tiny Living and the Kitsch-en Sink


Don Featherstone flamingo 
design circa 1957 
made in Massachusetts
photo by Letty DiLeo

I camped in my teardrop trailer, Lizzie, the weekend before last with my friend Amy. We picked up Lizzie at Trekker Trailers in Eustis, Florida, from Andrew Bennett, who designed and built it. He had it in his shop to add a slide-in table on the back. While we were there, Andrew offered us a tour of his new tiny house.

I’d seen hundreds of tiny houses on-line, but had never been in one. This aqua beauty is 70 sq ft, and it has everything you need. The unique skylight makes it feel roomier than it is. It was easy to imagine living in it, minus all my stuff I discussed last week.
(Update: the tiny house, which you can see in my May 2 post, sold last week and headed to its new home in Neptune Beach.)

The new table
Lizzie lakeside at serene 
Clearwater 
Lake Recreation Area 
Paisley, FL









Later, we set up camp at Clearwater Lake Recreation Area. The trip was a good reminder how little we need day-to-day. And the smell of the campfire reminded me of good times more than any amount of nostalgic clutter could. 

Some folks at Clearwater Lake carry  
their tiny houses on their backs
We spent a day in Mt. Dora at Renningers Vintage Garden Show, a huge flea market, and many, many yard sales. I saw lots of odd, old stuff that I liked and wanted. Amy bought a vintage typing table, a mysterious giant oak box that spun on a pedestal and, yes, the kitchen sink. I spent $15 and bought just two things: a small metal folding table to hold my Dutch oven and a vintage pink plastic flamingo, made in Massachusetts, to adorn my campsite. Because living tiny does NOT mean you can’t have kitsch.



Rennigers has its share of vintage trailers














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