Another dream of Jose and mine has come true this weekend! We are proud new owners of an Airstream! I know, if mounds of projects weren’t high enough, lets add vintage camper to the mix… but there is a funny story about this camper and our farmhouse I will share. But first, look how cute she is!
This exact Airstream was a dream to own, and then quickly haunted our dreams. So years-years ago, I’m talking North Carolina time. My great aunt and uncle had mentioned that they were considering getting rid of this airstream. We told them, that if they ever decided to sell the Airstream, we would love to have an opportunity to purchase.
As the years went on, it appeared we were the only family members that were interested in the tin can, so it was almost an unspoken understanding that we would purchase the camper. Years and years went on, and they still were planning trips with the camper and were not quite ready to part with the camper. Jose and I moved home to Michigan and things got busy very quickly, with fixing up that house and starting our store, The Found Cottage.
We were in the middle of buying the farm, when my great aunt and uncle reached out, looking to sell the camper. Jose and I both looked at each other, so torn… This dream camper we could put our touch on and take lifelong memories, but we were jumping head first into our farmhouse and not knowing how it was going to impact our budget. With our throats tight, we told them we would have to pass on the camper. And from that moment, we have always regretted passing on the Airstream. My great aunt and uncle passed the Airstream on one of their kids, and we were happy that it stayed in the family but so sad we couldn’t take our family out on adventures.
Over the last year we have been on a hunt for an Airstream, its been a huge dream of Jose’s to work on one and I have always wanted to design one… all of the Airstreams that came across were in pretty rough shape, and the Michigan winters weren’t kind to it.
Earlier this year… the universe aligned and we were having dinner with my parents and my great aunt and uncle. And the words that took my breath away, they turned and asked if we by chance were still interested in that old Airstream of theirs. Umm… YES! The explained that, their son brought it home, and had time to use it and it was just sitting around being unused. We told them, them that we would be over the moon happy to take it off their hands…
And here she is, in all of her 1971 glory. This is a 1971 Airstream Trade Wind Double. Currently it is nearly all original, with the exception of the floors and a few modifications that was made over the years by my great aunt and uncle.
The exterior is in really good shape, something that we couldn’t find from our search over the years. The interior currently is functional and everything still runs, but we definitely want to put our touch on this beauty.
I hope you guys are as excited as we are about this camper and its journey… We will need help naming it, so please leave a comment here on my instagram. Thank you so much for stopping by today and every other day. Xx Liz Marie