Monday, October 9, 2017

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Trailer Trad Collecting: Glen Echo Estate Sale Picking

Glen Echo, the close-in neighborhood in DC, sure has changed since I was in the area back in the 90's. Case in point, this estate that I went to recently was loaded with cool stuff. I grabbed a pair of french architectural finials at a good price. Great fun looking!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Trailer Trad Attire: The LPGA's New Dress Code? --I Hope So!

In light of the current controversy regarding the dress codes on the LPGA tour, I took it upon myself to research the topic as a loyal fan of TV golf. --Granted, I normally hate watching women's golf but I was willing to make the sacrifice!
In the course of my research, I came upon the beautiful Lexy Thompson's brilliant photo shoot for Red Bull in 2016. A departure for Red Bull to say the least, the whimsical photo shoot featured the pro golfer decked in vintage and it produced some really stylish images. Maybe the golf attire seen on a blond pro longer on legs than on talent is sexier. But seeing a vision like Lexy attired thusly approach you on the links would surely be enough to knock any gentleman into the tall stuff, flailing in futility to escape.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Trailer Trad Collecting: Fredericksburg Picking!

I'm back on the East Coast and I'm glad to say that I've really enjoyed being able to hit the estate sales recently. On a Sunday, I can get to downtown DC pretty conveniently and its been fun to hit regional estate sales then to get the last day, 'bottom feeder' finds. 

Last Sunday, I went to a favorite haunt, downtown Fredericksburg, to attend church and to hit the last day of a really great estate sale. The beautiful, historic property was a great one. The lady of the house had classic 'FFV' taste; plenty of elegant Federal period furnishings and beautiful vintage clothing. You could really feel the Old South in the place. There was still a great deal left, pretty reasonably priced. I left with only a yellow Fiestaware dinner plate, but I was good with that.
 After looking for bargains, I had to choose between the three historic churches situated a few blocks from the estate sale. In the sultry summer heat, it felt exactly like Charleston!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Trailer Trad Living: Wallace Idaho

I recently ventured over to Montana for the weekend and stayed in the little town of Wallace, Idaho. It's a weird little town that was built on wealth from silver mining that is still very important to this region's economy. As a matter of fact, there was a strike underway by a group called the Lucky Friday Miners and support posters were in many windows in town.

What makes the town interesting is that, around twenty years ago, an interstate was planned to rip through the town. Powerful families (a thing in Idaho) steered the highway (I-90) above the town on elevated ramps. The entire town was then designated as an historic preservation area and, as a result, most of it is very well preserved.

Its almost as if a Chernobyl-style emergency evacuated the town in 1950 and everyone left. This is one of those areas that definitely has that Northwest, 'Twin Peaks' style eeriness. I loved it!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Trailer Trad Living: North Idaho Rustic Style Featuring Taxidermy

On a recent trip into Montana, I stopped into an antique store that featured a nice selection of taxidermy that would look great in a North Idaho cabin. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Trailer Trad Living: The Most Manly Grill In the World

I went up to camp at Heyburn Lake last weekend and had a great time hiking and enjoying a little time away from bustling Moscow, Idaho. Heyburn Lake State Park is the oldest park in the Northwest United States but is pretty much a hidden gem compared to more heavily visited areas in Montana and Southern Idaho.
While there, I came across some nice, original park facilities built early in the 20th Century when the it was originally laid out. The buildings look like they were designed by the firm of  Flintstone and Rubble in the 'Jellystone' architectural style. Wonderful stone work and extensive use of logs finished in handsome dark green make these attractive landmarks in the park.

The shelter is the largest building and contains some unique elements. In addition to a beautiful Arts and Crafts Movement fireplace and wrought iron accents, it features a very impressive grill. Most park shelters contain a grill or even cooking facilities but this one has, not one, but three massive iron griddle cooking surfaces. At the base of the rock work are cool iron doors where wood would be piled into for cooking and for clearing ash. I can imagine how these were built for the crowds of hungry foresters and large numbers of Civilian Conservation Corps workers that lived and worked at Heyburn constructing trails, fighting forest fires, and other park tasks.

Can you imagine a breakfast cooked on one of these bad boys? Three red-hot iron slabs cooking the morning's fare with wood smoke pouring out of the central rock chimney would certainly be welcome before a long day's work! 

Finishing it out is a pretty unique, rustic  kitchen counter constructed entirely of logs!