Go back a few years and it was VW camper van this and VW camper van that....however vintage caravans such as the Sprite and Monza are now making their way in to the hearts of vintage lovers. So what are the pros and cons of owning each type of van? I am not an expert, but these are my thoughts based on my experiences.
We used to own a VW California camper and we were forever away in it on campsites up and down the country. We loved the flexibility and the speed at which you could set up camp and get the kettle on (or get into bed). It was super fast, simply park up, put the handbrake on, get in the back and turn the stove on or roll the bed out! No faffing with stabilising legs, un hooking, awnings, groundsheets or other paraphernalia. One year we hired a 1960s VW camper and even with this, it was simple to get the table in position and everything out for lunch in no time.
We parked our van on the drive as we also used it as our main car. So storing it wasn't a problem which was a huge plus. On the downside when petrol went up, costs were high, and being as it was our main car this caused us a bit of a worry day to day which was why we eventually sold it.
The other consideration was taking it down small lanes. On one trip to Salcombe we didn't dare take it down the small winding roads for fear of meeting another vehicle. Talking to other camper van owners on the camp site they felt the same. Mind you this was with the chunky T5 California, it would not so much of a problem with a T1 or T2 VW.
When camping you need to mark your spot, otherwise when you leave for a day trip you may find it taken on your return. This is really annoying, especially if you had a nice view on your plot! You may need to use chocks to get your van level at bedtime.
Living out of a camper van is fun, but it takes getting used to. There is not much room, and you can't stand up in them unless you have a pop up roof. There are no wardrobes in a vintage VW camper, (and a teeny one in the T5 California), so you need to get organised. There was 2 of us and we soon sorted out a system of storing coats and shoes in big plastic boxes in the boot. Then when one person was cooking (usually me!) the other stayed put so as not to get in the way. This wouldn't be so much of a problem in a caravan where there is more room. VW vans don't have indoor toilets - something to get used to if you wake in the night!
When it comes to kitting out a camper van, then going lightweight is probably best as you'll be driving around with your kit on board all of the time. Vintage melamines and plastics such as Gaydon Melmex & Tupperware is light, durable and doesn't rattle like china might. So they are great choices for a camper. yay retro! has Tupperware, vintage melamine & plastic wares for sale in our shop here.
Lots of camper van owners like to invest in vintage cushions and tablecloths choosing a colour which matches the paint work of their van. Again yay retro! can help, click here and use the search box to find just what you are looking for in our online vintage shop.
Going on to caravans, my experience of these goes back to the 60s and 70s when my parents had a Sprite. We would go away on hols at least 4 times a year, and there were 4 of us in the small van. Mum and Dad slept on the double bed where the table was situated in the day time, and my brother and I slept at the back of the van, one on the bench seat and one in a hammock arrangement above (this was put away in the day time). This worked perfectly well until our teens.
Thinking about the pros of a caravan, you can use your car all year round and only hitch the van on when you go away. Then on holiday you again unhitch and revert back to just using the car. This almost certainly means a saving on every day fuel costs in comparison to a camper van. Having just the car to consider for daily jaunts mean you have not go the worry of going down small lanes and such.
Having unhitched and made camp, you can make the most of the view you have, knowing you've got it for the duration. However setting up can take time, especially if you opt for awnings as so many people appear to do, so make sure the spot you set up in is definitely the one for you as moving is a pain! (I know you can get awnings for campers, but not as many people seem to use them.)
Once inside your van, the space is zoned, and (with the extra height) you can stand up to cook, whilst people are sat at the table doing other things. This is safer it seems to me, and much easier on the cook. There are wardrobes and cubby holes in a caravan meaning all your bits and bobs are stored indoors for easy access, and you don't have to get out to get your wet weather shoes and raincoat! If you are really lucky you'll even have a loo, (although we didn't in our Sprite).
On the downside, unless you have a large driveway you'll probably have to pay to store your van somewhere, often farms and storage companies offer this as a service. If you are fortunate enough to have a large garden or drive however, I can see a huge perk of having a caravan is that it can double up a sun room for impromptu summer parties! I know I would use it this way as it would be fantastic fun!
With a caravan you could decide to buy some durable Pyrex and chunky vintage butter dishes, along with vintage bedding. yay retro! have an abundance of these for sale in our shop here. Again Gaydon Melmex from the 1960s & 70s is fab as it is durable, stylish and is actually the picnic ware of choice for vintage devotees.
Since caravans are most often cream or white, (though some like this dear little vintage van has a splash of colour), the interior could be any colour you desire. Why not go for a splash of 70s orange? With a van you can be much bolder than you might dare in your home! Pop into yay retro! now and have a good old vintage browse for your vintage caravan or camper. I combine postage wherever I can safely do so.
yay retro! have put together a great selection of vintage wares for your camper van or caravan (as well as your home). These include vintage fabric cushions, sheets and blankets to keep you cosy. Vintage tablecloths which can double up as picnic blankets when you are out and about and gorgeous light weight vintage plastic wares such as bread bins and cups. Take a look at our top blue picks above, you'll notice we also have vintage kitchen utensils in stock - who can camp without a proper potato masher?!
Right now in our online vintage shop we also have enamel kettles, vintage thermos flasks, butter dishes and Tupperware storage containers. Pretty much everything to style your vintage van and to get the maximum amount of fun out of it! yay retro!
The latest cool way to unwind, relax and go on holiday is in your vintage caravan, whether it be a Sprite, a Monza, an Elddis or a mini Thompson Glen we know that you will be looking to fill your retro van with gorgeous vintage wares!
yay retro! is an online vintage shop that sells bright orange and yellow Tupperware, vintage enamel kettles and storage tins and even lots of vintage bedding including St Michael sheets, bedspreads, pillow cases and duvet covers. Mix and match these flower power designs from the 1960s and 70s for a burst of *haPpiNesS* in your van!
Looking for handy tablewares? We have vintage melamine trays and butter dishes as well as fantastic 1970s soup bowls, mugs, cups and saucers. Pop in to the yay retro! shop now for a browse - we can combine postage for you too.
Vintage campers and caravan owners across the UK look for genuine vintage wares to go in their vans and yay retro! is a one stop vintage shop for useful tableware and kitchen items from the 1960s and 70s. Whether you are trying to track down Gaydon Melmex, vintage Flower Power trays or genuine 1970s Staffordshire Pottery mugs - yay retro! can help.
Add in our vintage fabric cushions, and material to make into camper van curtains and you're on to a winner! Pop in to the yay retro! shop now if you are searching for kitchen utensils, cups, saucers, enamel pans, kettles and coffee pots and more!
Do you have a vintage VW camper? A Sprite Caravan? A Commer, Bedford CF or even a Bongo Frendee? yay retro! have some great vintage melamine for sale which is not only perfect for every day use in your vintage kitchen at home, it works exceptionally well when you are out and about on the road.
It is interesting to note that melamine was originally designed to be made for the home as a replacement to breakable china tablewares. Surprisingly therefore, you will find potteries such as Midwinter actually made a range of melamine wares! The most popular make was and still is Gaydon Melmex, so yay retro! we always try to include items from the original Gaydon range including butter dishes, sugar bowls, jugs and egg cups in our shop.
Melamine from the 1960s and 70s is light, resilient and also very bright and cheery. It was made back in the day that people were amazed they could go on holiday really easily by hitching up a caravan or kitting out a commercial van as a camper, and it has naturally found it's way into many people's collective holiday memories. Cast your mind back to a time when many people had only just begun to own a car, and were used to taking the train to holiday camps and restrictive B&B's, and you can imagine the impact of caravans and camper vans on people's sense of freedom in the 1960s!
Alongside tablewares, companies such as Marks & Spencer, Taunton Vale and Thetford made superb Flower Power trays in the 1960s & 70s. These complement melamine and plastic tablewares wonderfully well, and of course we have a fabulous range of vintage floral trays available to buy in our shop here. Trays are a great way to add an instant *ping* of colour to your home or van, and are not only useful but ideal to create visual displays.
It's worth giving Emsa a mention too. This high quality plastic was made in Germany in the 60s & 70s and rivals melamine in it's endurance and quality. Emsa made cups, saucers, coffee pots, butter dishes and cruet sets and again are a brand yay retro! love to sell. Above is a flowery Emsa butter dish and I think you will agree it looks amazing next to the St Michael (M&S) floral tray.
We choose the very best vintage melamine and plastic tablewares to sell in our online vintage shop. Our selection includes vintage Gaydon Melmex, Emsa, Thetford, Taunton Vale and vintage M&S. Use the links below to help you find what you are looking for:
Find Vintage Gaydon
Find Vintage Trays
Find Vintage Emsa
yay retro! is the place to come for all of your vintage camper van and vintage caravan needs. Our online shop stocks Gaydon melamine from the 1960s and Emsa tablewares from the 70s. We also keep a fantastic range of vintage Flower Power melamine trays in stock all year round. One of our best sellers in Gaydon Melmex butter dishes and we have pink and yellow versions for sale at the moment. Why not team these up with a set of Gaydon egg cups, jug or a fab Gaydon sugar bowl or preserve pot? These would look equally fab in your home.
As we used to own a VW camper ourselves, we are always on the look out for fab items to go in them. Why not opt for our hard wearing Staffordshire Pottery mugs from the 1970s, or an enamel coffee pot (ideal for hot chocolate when the sun goes down) from the 60s? Click here for more about vintage camper or caravan classics here.
Here at yay retro! we know just the sorts of retro kitchen and table-wares, vintage camper and caravan owners love. From VW campers, Commer vans and Sprite caravans, camper van owners love to add genuine vintage kitchen products to their van interiors.
yay retro! sell Gaydon Melmex from the 1960s, and associated items which look just fab in your van. Take our gorgeous vintage chopping & serving boards, lightweight and decorated with fantastic 60 & 70s designs they are sure to be just the thing to pep up your van's kitchen area!
Take a look at our vintage fabric, cushions, bedding and curtains here too!
Emsa is a German company who have produced plastic tablewares since the 1940s. For vintage lovers, their most popular items are red, yellow or orange tablewares from the 1960s & 70s. Being lightweight they are perfect for vintage camper van owners, and we can see these wonderful items in a VW Splitty right through to a modern day T5.
Items such as this vintage cheese or butter dish are also highly sought after for the modern vintage kitchen as they add a bright pop of colour to the room and table. We love the zingy Bologna pattern, which features bright blue and green leaves on an orange background.
Right now yay retro! have a large selection of Emsa products, all in their original boxes, which is amazing (after all these years) if you think about it! Take these fabby salt & pepper pots for example, they even have the original Emsa paper label still in place!
Brighten a breakfast, tea or lunchtime with boiled eggs in these wonderful orange Emsa egg cups! The great thing about these products is that they look equally great on display, or quickly pack away safely.
We also have a large dish which was originally designed for serving bread or crackers, we think this would make a lovely fruit bowl too. What do you think? Nip into yay retro! now for a peek, combined postage available.
Lots of camper van owners come to yay retro! to kit out their vans. Whether you have a VW camper from the 70s or a Mazda Bongo, it's great to fill it with vintage goodies. Individual van owners buy from us, as well as companies that hire camper vans out for holidays.
Choose from Gaydon melamine, Vintage Flowery Trays, vintage sheets and pillow cases, comfy vintage cushions and much, much more!
Are you looking for ideas to kit out your vintage camper van or caravan? Look no further than yay retro! We have loads of great ideas.
Lots of people who own a VW camper or Sprite Caravan want to fill it with vintage wares from the 1960s and 70s for the full nostalgic effect. Adding vintage cushions is the easiest and comfiest way to add a splash of retro colour to your van, and we have cushions in lots of shapes and sizes to choose from. Made from up-cycled vintage linens choose from a range of flower power designs from orange to red and pink...
Another top idea is to invest in vintage melamine tableware, our most popular melamine items are Flower Power trays and Gaydon Melmex Butter dishes.
Floral trays like this one from 1970s Marks and Spencers are the perfect way to carry items in and out of your van when eating al fresco, and look wonderful when not in use too. Many camper van hire companies like to kit out their vans for hire with items just like this.
Melamine is a lightweight plastic, and so the most popular choice for camper and caravanners, one of our best selling items is the Gaydon Melmex butter dish, designed in the 60s this iconic brand is a key feature of any camers breakfast table.
If you are looking for campervan storage ideas, look no further than 70s Tupperware such as that shown in the orange 'harvest' pattern above or vintage 50/60s tea, coffee and sugar canisters. These plastic storage jars are the lightweight solution to managing your teabags etc in your van!
Vintage enamel teapots, coffee pots and saucepans are another extremely popular choice with vintage glampers. Resilient, fun and stylish; heating your beans up in one these lovelies is sure to brighten your day!
yay retro! offer combined postage wherever possible via a refund after purchase. So if you find numerous items which will deck out your vintage van in style go ahead and indulge! Pop into yay retro! for a browse now...