Camping Old School Style
Rescue + Reuse + Repurpose
On Camano Island, I scored the coolest picnic set, complete with plates and silverware in a carrier, for $4.00 at 2nd Chance Thrift Shop. I also got a vintage wool blanket for our pup to lay on, a mini cast iron skillet, and condiment caddy from Dahlia’s Vintage Marketplace. Back on the mainland, I picked up a vintage Coleman lantern from Wanderlust Pickins of Monroe, metal plates, and an awesome metal folding camp table (the best find by far) from Sassafras Antiques in Arlington, and a cast iron skillet, camp toaster, and stainless steel Coleman cooler (so heavy, there is no chance of the other half stealing it for fishing) from the Star Center Antique Mall in Snohomish.
Finally, there was an old flashlight and muffin tin, which) we repurposed into some bug repelling candles from Finders Keepers and Le Vintage Finds in Marysville and a stainless steel camp kettle from Katelyn’s Korner in Arlington for just $5.00. We scored big time with our finds, but, more importantly, we had fun. Each time we go out in search of specific things for article, it’s like a scavenger hunt.
Supplies in hand, we set about making our candles. While a bit on the messy side, we didn’t do too bad, and the candles worked. We had a mostly bug free camping trip when we had a few lit. The good part about the muffin tin choice was that we could use some and switch to others when candles burned down. Then there is the fact that you can reuse it over and over, cause its for the outdoors.
Be sure to check out Cierra Candles if you are a local candle or soap maker, and if you are a DIY gal like me!
Monthly and annual subscriptions can be bought HERE. Finally, a limited number of printed copies are available at The Chic Boatique, Artisans Mercantile, and Tried & True Boutique in Snohomish and Reclaimed Heart in Arlington, Vintage Company No. 7 in Bothell, Ladders Clothing & Company in Stanwood Island, Rustic Redemption in Granite Falls, and Vintage & Rust in Monroe each month.