Trailer Pickin' Diaries: 1954 Aljoa by Jaime Holm

Gone trailer pickin'! Yesterday the skies were blue, the grass was green and the vintage trailer gods were looking down on us! We got a lead on a trailer that led us out to Carissa Plains, Ca for this 1954 Aljoa trailer! 

1954 Aljoa Vintage Camper Trailer
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All it took was one glance at the inside of this trailer to be swept off of our feet! From the original flooring with little to no cracks, pristine birchwood with 0 water damage (that alone is like hitting the lottery with these old vintage trailers!) and all original appliances before we were backing up to the hitch and backing the truck up to the hitch... It was used as a hunting cabin the last 30 years so it hasn't moved much!

As pictured below, we had a minor setback when we hit a big bump on a backcountry road and the hitch broke sending the trailer smashing into the back of the truck before coming to a screeching halt on the asphalt. Of all the trailers we've hauled home over the years this was a first for us, but everyday is a new adventure at Tinker Tin Trailer Co... One small hole in the front of the trailer and a couple years off our lives later and we were back on the road headed home! 

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A fun fact about the Aljoa Trailers was that back in 1956 they were sued by a company called Alcoa, for the Aljoa name. As a result of this by 1956 they were forced to drop the A and call the trailers, 'Aljo". On our original 1954 Aljoa we found a logo on the inside above the window with the Aljo spelling, leading us to believe this change may have begun to occur prior to 1956! 

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This trailers was extra special because we quickly realized we pulled home its sister trailer a few years ago and made it part of our permanent fleet! The titles below showed that Our 1954 Aljoa Camper trailer was manufactured just 3 weeks before this one we pulled home yesterday...

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Here's a photo of the restored 1954 Aljoa Vintage Trailer in our fleet available for rent!  

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Stay tuned to find out how the story ends for our newest 1954 Aljoa trailer!

Happy Trails,

Tinker Tin Trailer Co.

Vintage Trailers || Not Just For Camping by Jaime Holm

At Tinker Tin Trailer Co. we've built a business around unique vintage Trailers! Nothing gives us a thrill like trailer picking' and bringing one of these pieces of history back to life!

A majority of the vintage camper trailers in our fleet have been restored back to their originally glory and continue to serve the purpose they were originally manufactured for: camping. That being said, a lot of the members of our fleet have also been repurposed for different kinds of adventures!

Here's a few of our favorite vintage trailers used for purposes outside of camping throughout history:

1940's Vintage Milk Vending Trailer

Name a better way to enjoy a glass of ice cold milk then on tap from a vintage vending trailer on the back of your pony?! We'll wait....

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1940's Vintage Church Trailer

With this 1950's chapel on wheels you'll never have to choose between camping or missing Sunday morning church service again! Growing up Catholic we've spent a lot of time in churches. We've also spent a lot of time out camping in "God's Country" ... What could possibly get you closer to Jesus than combining the two like this 1950's camper church did?!

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1930s Levis Rodeo Trailer

This one takes us back to the days when marketing was done right. Before "influencers", Instagram and Facebook was how we learned what was cool... All Levi's needed to do was create an amazing, traveling puppet show rodeo trailer and ALL the kids were begging their parents for a new pair of Levis! 

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1930s Western Union Telegraph Vintage Trailer

The original "mobile phone" concept.... As your viewing this blog from your iPhone, we hope you'll take a moment to appreciate the times when "mobile phones" weren't able to fit in your pocket, but had to be pulled by your car instead.

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1930s Salesman Trailer

This one's a mobile show room on wheels for customers to come inside and view new products! 

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1940s Public Library Trailer

This is one of our favorites! There is no excuse not to read when the library can come to you! 

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1930s Vintage Election Campaign Trailer

We don't know who won or lost this election, but it's safe to say they would have had our vote! 

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Here's a few vintage trailers from our fleet we've restored and repurposed for different adventures!

We've got vintage bar trailers... we've got vintage photo booth trailers... and we've got vintage vending trailers! We've got lounge trailers, tipis, tents and all kinds of other quirky ideas up our sleeve for our next fun vintage trailer to, and we can't wait to share them with you all!

 Our 1958 Roll - O - Vend vintage trailer was manufactured in 1958 as a vending trailer for Pepsi Cola to sell sodas out of! We restored it to its original glory to be used as a bar and vending trailer! This vintage trailer can be rented as bar trailer at events but is also available for long term leases for branding and marketing campaigns! 

Our 1958 Roll - O - Vend vintage trailer was manufactured in 1958 as a vending trailer for Pepsi Cola to sell sodas out of! We restored it to its original glory to be used as a bar and vending trailer! This vintage trailer can be rented as bar trailer at events but is also available for long term leases for branding and marketing campaigns! 

 Our 1953 Crown vintage photo booth trailer makes every wedding, party, and marketing event more fun! Offering guests a custom takeaway photo strip with your even name or company logo, guests walk away memory from every event we roll it into! 

Our 1953 Crown vintage photo booth trailer makes every wedding, party, and marketing event more fun! Offering guests a custom takeaway photo strip with your even name or company logo, guests walk away memory from every event we roll it into! 

 Our 1948 horse trailer bar makes every event more fun! This bar and vending trailer can also be  customized with your company's branding and a styled lounge to create the perfect experiential marketing experience! 

Our 1948 horse trailer bar makes every event more fun! This bar and vending trailer can also be  customized with your company's branding and a styled lounge to create the perfect experiential marketing experience! 

 Our Sidecar Shasta bar turns is a head turner.... with its folding window, modern design and sleek paint job - it fits in wherever it goes! We partnered up with our favorite craft cocktail catering company,  Sidecar Cocktail Co.  to make sure that only the best drinks are served out of her window! 

Our Sidecar Shasta bar turns is a head turner.... with its folding window, modern design and sleek paint job - it fits in wherever it goes! We partnered up with our favorite craft cocktail catering company, Sidecar Cocktail Co. to make sure that only the best drinks are served out of her window! 

 This rare 1948 Barrel is one of only 3 known to exist! We converted this unique camper into a one-of-a kind "serve yourself" style beer trailer complete with 2 tap handles, holding capacity for 2 full size kegs, built-in ice chest on tongue of trailer for grab-n-go beverages, and drop down shelving on the side of the trailer perfect for placing glassware or drink dispensers!

This rare 1948 Barrel is one of only 3 known to exist! We converted this unique camper into a one-of-a kind "serve yourself" style beer trailer complete with 2 tap handles, holding capacity for 2 full size kegs, built-in ice chest on tongue of trailer for grab-n-go beverages, and drop down shelving on the side of the trailer perfect for placing glassware or drink dispensers!

Trailer Prom by Jaime Holm

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Our 4th annual Tinker Tin Vintage Trailer Prom was bigger and better than ever…. And we have all of you party people to thank for that!! We started Trailer Prom 4 years ago as a way to celebrate our loyal Tinker Tin family and the amazing community of people that have helped us grow. And celebrate we did....

There's nothing we love more than getting dolled up and dancing the night away with all of our favorite trailer folks to celebrate another year of Tinkin'!

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We’d like to give a big thank you to:

BarrelHouse Brewery for always being the best hosts… No matter how rowdy we get! Also, Monte Mills & the Lucky Horseshoe Band for keeping everyone on the dance floor year after year! Is there anything better than cuttin' a rug on a warm Fall night to live country music on the Central Coast with a cold beer in hand? We don't think so. 

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There ain't NO crowd like a Trailer Prom Crowd! Year after year y'all show up dressed to impress & ready to dance the night away!! Scroll through the slider below to see more pictures from the night! 

And last but not least a big congratulations to our 2017 Trailer Prom King and Queen!

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 We're already dreaming up our 5th Annual Tinker Tin Trailer Prom.... It's going to be bigger and better than ever! If you'd like to camp with us next year in your vintage trailer email us at info@tinkertin.com!

Happy Trails,

Tinker Tin Trailer Co.

Bachelorette Campfest Inspiration Shoot at the Trailer Pond!! by Jaime Holm

Holy smokes y'all.... THIS IS WHAT BACHELORETTE DREAMS ARE MADE OF!!

This Spring we were lucky enough to team up with our favorite party planners, Lovelyfest Events for a bachelorette camp inspired styled shoot at the Trailer Pond. The photos by the AMAZING Kelsea Holder had us wishin' we could be bachelorettes at the Trailer Pond every weekend!!

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We would call it glamping... but that's been done before & this bachelorette party was so unique and one of a kind that Lovelyfest decided it needed it's own name.... Campfest at the Trailer Pond. Lovelyfest and the amazing team of creative geniuses they put together styled our little slice of vintage trailer heaven into every Bride and Bridesmaid's dream bachelorette weekend...

From the bachelorette goodie baskets, to the mouth watering food (that was basically art) by Field to Table Catering, to the incredible florals by Katie Noonan Wine Country Designs, every single detail was perfect! 

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The desert bar by Paper Cake Events was one for the record books! 

 We were lucky enough to have the bachelorette campfest at the Trailer Pond featured on one of our all-time favorite wedding publications, Green Wedding Shoes!

Keep scrollin' for more of our favorite shots!

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Who needs a spa day when you can wine taste all day and lounge on the dock all afternoon?!

A huge THANK YOU to all of the incredibly talented team of vendors & talent that made the bachelorette shoot at the Trailer Pond so special!

Design: @lovelyfest 

Photography: @kelseaholderphoto

Florals: @noonansdesigns

Models: @meggoleggos25 @bri_ashbarnes @allisonlouisekeil

Hair and Makeup: @makeup_amanda

Venue: @tinkertintrailerco Trailer Pond at @altacolina

Furniture Rentals: @avenuetwelverentals 

Rentals: @allaboutevents 

Desserts: @papercakeevents

Clothing: @shopblackwater 

Catering: @fieldtotableevents 

Linens: @modmixstudio

Beach Towels: @vagabondbeach

Featured on: @greenweddingshoes

Welcome to the Trailer Pond! by Jaime Holm

We are so excited to introduce our first ever 'mobile camp with roots' The Trailer Pond at Alta Colina! Setting up our mobile trailer camps in stationary locations has been a long time dream of ours & working with Alta Colina Winery and Vineyard - another family owned and operated business has made our first camp incredibly special! 

The Trailer Pond is located in the heart of Paso Robles, Ca wine country.  Stationed in the middle of Alta Colina's winery and 130 acre organic vineyard guests are able to camp and drink  award winning wine on the vineyard it was grown and produced on. Conveniently located just 12 minutes from downtown Paso Robles the Trailer Pond is the perfect place for a Central Coast getaway or staycation! 

How Does Booking at the Trailer Pond Work?

The Trailer Pond is available for large groups or singular trailer rentals. Equipped with additional meeting rooms and facilities, the Trailer Pond can host corporate retreats, as well as relaxing boutique campouts. The Trailer Pond is like your own personal vintage trailer park hotel! 

We offer on-site farm-to-table catering, transportation coordination, wine blending classes, yoga and other add-ons! Tinker Tin can help you coordinate the perfect event at The Trailer Pond! 

We can't wait to share our little slice of vintage trailer-wine heaven with you! Contact us today about booking your campout at The Trailer Pond or Click HERE to visit our Trailer Pond website and book directly! 

Happy Trails.

-Tinker Tin Trailer Co. 

 

The Jam Event in Santa Barbara by Jaime Holm

What happens when you challenge California’s best group of wedding vendors to pull out all the stops for an 80's themed showcase of their talents at one of the most unique venues  Santa Barbara? [And when we say unique we mean a venue complete with multiple green houses…. Gardens and even a psychedelic skate park….]

We’ll tell you what happens…. The party of the freakin’ century!! In case you miss it on our insta story... Last month Tinker Tin was lucky enough to be a part of the third annual Jam Event and wowwweeee!!! It was like nothing we’d ever seen before. It was like the olympics of California's wedding vendors and everyone involved that showcased their incredible talent were gold metal winners! 

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The event was produced by Jaime at Wild Heart Events and Sophie at Amazing Day Events. We cannot say enough about the incredible production these fabulous ladies brought everyone together for!The theme this year was the 80’s. If heaven has an 80's genre... We may have gotten an early sneak peak. And when we say heavenly we mean KFC themed gourmet eating, hair crimping bar, pink flamingos everywhere you look kinda heavenly. 

We rolled in our mobile bar trailers, set up shop with Sidecar and served delicious cocktails and ice-cold beer all night while we partied the night away! Here are few of our favorite shots from the night! 

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 We might be biased but we're pretty damn sure Sidecar is the best mobile bar service in California and the line of people waiting for cocktails all night proved it (we're also pretty sure cocktails taste better when served out of a vintage trailer)! 

The Wedding Standard

Our incredibly talented friends from The Wedding Standard chose the theme Miami Vice & they nailed it! 

Shout out to Lovelyfest Event Design for this GORGEOUS table-scape & Noonan's Wine Country Designs for the floral arrangements !

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Photo by Cameron Ingalls

If there was an award for the most awkwardly dress group.... We for sure would have won it. But we L O V E our Sidecar-Tinker Tin team!! 

We've never seen a skatepark look SO GLAM!! This was one of 5 different party rooms transformed into a clever/gorgeous/awesome/amazing setting!!

YES THERE WAS EVEN A SILENT DISCO ROOM....

To see more amazing photos from the event check out Green Wedding Shoe's feature on The Jam Event in Santa Barbara! 

Happy Trails,

Tinker Tin Trailer Co.

The Tinker Tin Bride by Jaime Holm

The New Year means new trailers, new adventures and especially NEW BRIDES!!!

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Photo by The Melideos

We have come to find that all our Tinker Tin Brides have a few things in common.... they are a unique kind of lady that beats to their own drums, crave adventure, and are typically more drawn to out of the box ideas and putting their personal touches on each and every part of their wedding weekend! This is their Big Day and their Love Story, and any ol' wedding just ain't going to cut it!

To celebrate 2017 weddings, we wanted to appreciate the creative master minds behind some of our past Brides weddings!

Tinker Tin Trailer's vintage rentals have been a part of Rustic Barn Weddings, Modern Glam Weddings… Colorful & culturally influenced weddings (one even included an ELEPHANT RIDE)... The list could go on, but one thing is for sure... no two Tinker Tin weddings have been the same! 

 Photo by Danielle Poff

Photo by Danielle Poff

 Photo by Danielle Poff

Photo by Danielle Poff

We’ve rolled our trailers into gorgeous ranches and wineries for weddings here in our hometown of San Luis Obispo County, on down to Santa Barbara, Malibu, Los Angeles, and San Diego ... up to Napa, Ca, San Francisco and across state lines to Arizona, Austin, Texas (we love a good road trip)! It’s been an honor and a privilege to see and be part of the incredibly unique and personal weddings our Tinker Tin couples dream up with the love of their lives!

Now to the Tinker Tin wedding inspiration part of this blog…. (Note… We love all of our Brides equally, so whether your photos on here or not... this blog is a Thank You to you!)

  Lauren + Blake's absolutely stunning modern backyard with a Boho feel Montecito Wedding

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Featured on Once Wed, this modern Montecito backyard wedding was one of our favorites. Pictured below is the 1961 Sidecar Shasta Bar Trailer in action during Lauren and Ben's big day!

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Glamorous backyard Montecito Wedding

    A Rustic Winter Barn Wedding at Greengate Ranch with Shayla and Michael.

Featured on Snippet and Ink, words do not do this gorgeous Central Coast barn wedding justice (we hope the photos do the talking though)! We set up our vintage photo booth trailer and a custom vintage lounge to compliment the gorgeous barn and landscape at one of our favorite venues: Greengate Ranch!

 Can you spot our Vintage Trailer Photo Booth in the background of this gorgeous Greengate Ranch Barn wedding?

Can you spot our Vintage Trailer Photo Booth in the background of this gorgeous Greengate Ranch Barn wedding?

Vintage Photo Booth Rental

The vintage trailer photo booths are so much fun at weddings! The guests and wedding party alike have so much fun creating everlasting memories inside of it! The vintage trailer photo booth interior is custom styled to match your wedding day style and color!!

One of our favorite parts of the photo booth is the guest book of photos and memories we gift to the Bride and Groom so they can see photos of their wedding guests forever. We seriously encourage you to check out the entire wedding feature on Snippet & Ink.

The MOST Dreamy Camping Inspired Weddings

Camping feeds the Tinker Tin soul which is why we couldn't be more obsessed with the growing trend of camp weddings. Whether it's the on the beach, in the woods or at the desert Tinker Tin's tipis, bell tents & trailers are most at home boondocking with all the adventurous couples who have a passion for the great outdoors! Our tipis and bell tents can be styled into the perfect honeymoon sweet or reception lounge! See for yourself....

 A beautiful Bohemian inspired wedding and bride. Photo by Kelsea Holder

A beautiful Bohemian inspired wedding and bride. Photo by Kelsea Holder

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Photo by Michelle Roller

 A couple of our vintage camper trailers set the mood for Jenny Garth's fairytale camp inspired wedding in the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley.

A couple of our vintage camper trailers set the mood for Jenny Garth's fairytale camp inspired wedding in the gorgeous Santa Ynez Valley.

 Tinker Tin's bell tent was styled into this dreamy outdoor honeymoon suite, creating the perfect setting for this outdoor Bohemian wedding inspiration shoot! Photo by Alexandra Wallace.

Tinker Tin's bell tent was styled into this dreamy outdoor honeymoon suite, creating the perfect setting for this outdoor Bohemian wedding inspiration shoot! Photo by Alexandra Wallace.

A California Barn Wedding with Heather and Freddie

Featured on Green Wedding Shoes, this California barn wedding was ultra romantic! Heather and Freddie were the sweetest couple, and so was their family! You can tell a lot about a couple also, by the friends they surround themselves with (and Heather and Freddie's friends rocked!)! 

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An Enchantingly Rainy Barn Wedding at Swallow Creek Ranch in Cayucos, Ca.

Kelsey and Alex planned to have sunny day ceremony overlooking the ocean in Cayucos, Ca. However, rather than sunshine they ended up having to work with thick fog and every Bride’s biggest fear… RAIN! Rather than ducking for cover however, this couple happily embraced the weather and decided to dance in the rain!

 Our Sioux Tipi wedding ceremony backdrop!

Our Sioux Tipi wedding ceremony backdrop!

This quickly became one of our favorite weddings! The rain added a romantic and magical atmosphere, plus Kelsey and Alex were such a neat couple surrounded by so much Love! We were too honored to put our Tinker Tin twist through out their wedding with out Sioux Tipi, 1964 Ford, 1961 Shasta Bar Trailer and 1948 Barrel Trailer keg trailer....  Here’s an amazing Super8 video by Mark Brown that captured the day PERFECTLY! Such an awesome couple!

A few more of our favorite wedding shots

 Our 1959 Terry vintage camper trailer made for the perfect bridal suite! Photo by The Melideos

Our 1959 Terry vintage camper trailer made for the perfect bridal suite! Photo by The Melideos

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 Even if your not having a traditional wedding... we sure do favor a good elopement!! Photo Danielle Poff 

Even if your not having a traditional wedding... we sure do favor a good elopement!! Photo Danielle Poff 

If you're interested in booking one of our vintage camper trailers, mobile bar trailers, photo booth trailers, tipis or tents for your 2017 wedding contact us by emailing info@tinkertin.com! We can't wait to hear from you!

Happy Trails,

Tinker Tin Trailer Co.

 

 

 

 

Waving goodbye to 2016! by Jaime Holm

“Never get so busy making a living, that you forget to make a life."

 -Dolly Parton

It’s no secret here at Tinker Tin that Dolly Parton means a lot more to us than just a blonde busty little pistol with one hell of a voice. We like to consider her more, as our unofficial life coach. This year and every year we try to follow her words of wisdom, or Dolly-isms! The quote above is one of our favorites- and we used it to continually check ourselves throughout the year.

We love what we do, so it’s hard to always call it work, but even we need to be reminded to take a break from our trailer projects & to hit the road and camp in these little pieces of American history… the way they were meant to be enjoyed!!

2016 has been a year filled with new (well… new for us) trailers, lots of new friends & exciting new adventures (cough cough The Trailer Pond cough cough)! Before we head on down the road to 2017 we wanted to stop & share a few of our favorite Tinker Tin adventures from 2016...

 A long time dream of ours has been to open a campsite venue and this year after a lot of blood, sweat and tears that dream came true! Welcome to The Trailer Pond at Alta Colina!

A long time dream of ours has been to open a campsite venue and this year after a lot of blood, sweat and tears that dream came true! Welcome to The Trailer Pond at Alta Colina!

 The official Tinker Tin Trailer Park at Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2016! 

The official Tinker Tin Trailer Park at Stagecoach Country Music Festival 2016! 

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 The 9th Annual Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally in Pismo Beach, California is the biggest vintage trailer rally in the world! It's our most favorite time of year -  getting to camp with fellow trailer-ites, geek out over trailers and history, meet new friends & more! Come down and check it out this next year on May 20th, 2017! 

The 9th Annual Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally in Pismo Beach, California is the biggest vintage trailer rally in the world! It's our most favorite time of year -  getting to camp with fellow trailer-ites, geek out over trailers and history, meet new friends & more! Come down and check it out this next year on May 20th, 2017! 

Yosemite National Park

We delivered a couple vintage trailers into the Yosemite foothills this summer, then headed straight into the park! The above left photo was taken at Stoneman Meadow in the Yosemite Valley in 1929, the photo to the right we took in the same place on our trip in 2016! Almost 100 years later how lucky are we to be able to enjoy these same incredible views that will forever be preserved!

 We took the 1956 Jewel on our Eastern Sierra campout! It's always so exciting hitting the road with these old campers!

We took the 1956 Jewel on our Eastern Sierra campout! It's always so exciting hitting the road with these old campers!

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Dolly Parton floatin' up on stage like the little angel that she is! All our dreams came true this year when we finally got to see Dolly live in our own home town at Vina Robles!!

 Trailer life after 5:00! A whole lot of trailers + trail rides + cocktails!

Trailer life after 5:00! A whole lot of trailers + trail rides + cocktails!

 Sprucing up the 1958 Kenskill! 

Sprucing up the 1958 Kenskill! 

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 "There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling under the stars." - Jack Kerouac

"There was nowhere to go but everywhere, so just keep rolling under the stars." - Jack Kerouac

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 Horse camping at Lake San Antonio in the Spring! 

Horse camping at Lake San Antonio in the Spring! 

 Photoshoot for Rodeo Quincy & Barrel Horse News in Cayucos, featuring our 1953 Crown vintage trailer and bell tent! It was such a privilege spending the day with our rodeo team girls + Quincy Freeman & Kathryn Barks! Those are some talented lady bosses right there! 

Photoshoot for Rodeo Quincy & Barrel Horse News in Cayucos, featuring our 1953 Crown vintage trailer and bell tent! It was such a privilege spending the day with our rodeo team girls + Quincy Freeman & Kathryn Barks! Those are some talented lady bosses right there! 

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 Good times were had by all at the 2016 Ocean Mesa Vintage Trailer Rally! 

Good times were had by all at the 2016 Ocean Mesa Vintage Trailer Rally! 

 For the last 7 years Tinker Tin has headed out to Texas for the junk shows! Here's a recap of our 2016 Spring visit! 

For the last 7 years Tinker Tin has headed out to Texas for the junk shows! Here's a recap of our 2016 Spring visit! 

 A few of our favorite things....

A few of our favorite things....

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 Our feet were sore & our hearts were full after dancing the night away at our 3rd annual Tinker Tin Trailer Prom at BarrelHouse Brewery in Templeton, CA! Trailer Prom was inspired by Junk Gypsy prom in Texas & all the old Texas honky tonks, that we fell in love with years ago on our 1st trip to Texas!! We LoVe loved how the JG Prom brought all the old junkers + junk lovers, plus friends old and new together under the stars for 1 magical night a couple times a year! We wanted to recreate that for the Vintage Trailer community here on the west coast- so Trailer Prom was born! One special night a year, Californian's can now 2 step the night away with fellow junkers, history lovers, and most importantly trailer enthusiasts!!

Our feet were sore & our hearts were full after dancing the night away at our 3rd annual Tinker Tin Trailer Prom at BarrelHouse Brewery in Templeton, CA! Trailer Prom was inspired by Junk Gypsy prom in Texas & all the old Texas honky tonks, that we fell in love with years ago on our 1st trip to Texas!! We LoVe loved how the JG Prom brought all the old junkers + junk lovers, plus friends old and new together under the stars for 1 magical night a couple times a year! We wanted to recreate that for the Vintage Trailer community here on the west coast- so Trailer Prom was born! One special night a year, Californian's can now 2 step the night away with fellow junkers, history lovers, and most importantly trailer enthusiasts!!

 The King & Queen of Trailer Prom!

The King & Queen of Trailer Prom!

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To end this little blog, we wanted to say thank you to every ramblin’ soul that has been a small or large part of our adventure this year. We love you and couldn’t do this without you!!

Happy Trails,

Tinker Tin Trailer Co.

Happy New Year!

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
- Mark Twain

Meet our Tinker Tin Team Rider: Kathryn Varian by Jaime Holm

The Next Generation of the American Cowgirl!

Tinker Tin has sponsored this talented cowgirl for two years now, and we couldn't be prouder to have her represent our brand inside and outside of the arena. You might be wondering how Tinker Tin Trailer Co. and a rodeo cowgirl might go hand in hand, so we thought we would just let one of our favorite historical cowgirls do the explaining. In the words of one of Dale Evers,

“Cowgirl is an attitude. Cowgirl is a pioneer spirit, a special American brand of courage. The cowgirl faces life head on, lives by her own lights, and makes no excuses. Cowgirls take stands. They speak up. They defend the things they hold dear. A cowgirl might be a rancher, or a barrel racer, or a bull rider, or an actress. But she’s just as likely to be a checker at the local Winn Dixie, a full-time mother, a banker, an attorney, or an astronaut.”

This 17-year-old cowgirl fits the Tinker Tin bill to a T with her pioneer spirit and fearless pursuit of success inside the arena and outside of it! Kathryn grew up in Parkfield, Ca. A tiny ranching community with a population of just 18 people. Growing up on her family’s working cattle ranch, the V6, she doesn’t just use her western skills at rodeos but puts them to work on the family ranch as well. In Kathryn's own words, ‘I have been rodeoing since I was three years old and my feet didn't reach past the saddle pad’.

Her years of hard work and dedication for her sport has paid off. Kathryn is currently a junior in high school and has already qualified for the National High School Rodeo Finals twice in pole bending. She has traveled all over the US, competing against the top rodeo athletes in the nation and ended up placing 10th at Nationals two years ago. With that level of talent we’d be willing to bet John Wayne himself probably wouldn’t challenge her on horseback (if he were still with us, God rest his soul)!

Check out the Q&A below to learn more about Kathryn!

Q: What events do you compete in?

A: I compete in every girl event. I do barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, breakaway roping, team roping, and cutting. 

Q: What is your favorite thing about rodeo?

A: My favorite thing about rodeo is the process: from training horses and spending hour after hour in the practice pen to the rush of adrenaline when I rope a calf. I love it when I figure out something that's wrong, even if its slight, because it makes me feel like I'm getting somewhere.

Q: What are your favorite events?

A: I absolutely love pole bending because my mare Mizzy is as good as they get. When she is making a good run, it feels like we're flying. I also really love breakaway because nothing beats the feeling of roping a calf and hearing the snap of your rope as it breaks away. 

Q: Can you tell me about your favorite horse?

A: Mizzy is an incredible 21-year-old mare that has been born and raised on our ranch. My sister Lauren trained her at the age of nine and rode her for her entire high school career. When she graduated, my dad thought I ought to keep her in the rodeo circuit so as a sixth grader I jumped to a whole new level of a horse. Mizzy can do anything. I breakaway rope, goat tie, run poles, and run barrels on her. She also rides out on the trail and is super great to brand on. She's a once in a lifetime kind of horse and I'm very blessed to be able to ride her.

In the eighth grade my incredible mare Mizzy took me to Des Monies, Iowa for the Junior High School Rodeo National Finals in the pole bending. Then freshman year came and I ended up second in the state on her in the poles and went on to be 10th in the nation at the National High School Finals Rodeo (NHSFR). Sophomore year I ended up the state champion pole bender and went back to nationals.

Q:  What are your proudest rodeo accomplishments to date?

A: In the last few years I have had some pretty great successes. My freshman year I was second in the state in the poles, then went on to be 10th in the nation, and then my sophomore year I won the state in poles. I also won the CHSRA District 7 all around in the 8th grade and was WCJRA all around cowgirl in 2013 and 2016. 

 

Q: What has it been like growing up on your family’s working cattle ranch?

A: There is such a huge variety of things I get to do on the ranch. I meet thousands of people a year that come to our ranch for tourism, get to gather cattle with the entire Varian family, have an unlimited amount of land to hike on, and get to spend my days surrounded by horses... every cowgirl's dream. On top of this, I am taught a range of skills that come along with life on a ranch that I could never learn anywhere else.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about the western way of living?

A: The western lifestyle is the only way of living that is a sport, an occupation, and a style. If you're a carpenter, you wouldn't wear your toolbelt to the bar or spend your Sunday building a house just for fun.

Q: How do you plan to keep the western heritage alive? 

A: I want to educate people about the western life through tourism on the ranch. The closer people are to the land and the livestock, like we are, the more people will love and understand it. 

Q: What are some of your hobbies outside of rodeo?

A: I go to high school in Paso Robles and am currently on the Crimson Newsmagazine staff as a journalist. Crimson has taken me across the nation multiple times and has opened up a whole other world to me. It has showed me how powerful the press can be, even if it is just a high school publication.

Q: What makes you proud to be part of team Tinker Tin?

A: Tinker Tin is an inspiration to me because it shows the power of the entrepreneurial spirit. I hope to one day emulate this lifestyle in the western world.  

Stay tuned to see how our favorite cowgirl does this year!

 

 

1948 TRAIL KING HORSE TRAILER BAR CONVERSION by Kendra Aronson

We immediately fell in love with this 1948 old trailer across the road from our property, the second we saw it! The horse trailer was super rusty, corroded, busted up and in super rough condition. Any normal person would barely want to use this old horse trailer for dump runs.. let alone restore it, but something about it caught our eye! The front of the trailer had an old home made diamond window that opened up. Diamonds have been a big part of Tinker Tin from the beginning. The diamond shape is inside all our Tinker Tin logo letters, and our 1956 Jewel with its iconic diamond window door is our Tinker Tin trailer logo… so when we saw this old horse trailer we knew it belonged in the fleet! After a few years of harassing our neighbors.. we ended up finally rolling the trailer across the road! The trailer had some poor hodge podged repair jobs fromover the years, the interior though had really neat early salvaged wood planks for the floor and the sides .. that were scrapped from our local Templeton Feed & Grain down the road. The trailers diamond window and the salvaged wood floor from the local Feed & Grain (sidenote: the Templeton Feed & Grain was built in 1913 – the grain mill started in the 30s and is still family run and operated today! We get our horse feed there and it is the best quality around!) … to say the least this trailer checked a few boxes for us, so we knew it was a good restoration candidate!

We decided we were going to turn the Trail King into a horse trailer bar.. a long time idea of ours! First things first, we gutted the trailer and brought it down to its frame! Keeping the integrity of the horse trailer and not taking away from its original build was important to us! Once we tore the trailer down to its bones, we realized that it was going to be more of a project then we initially thought .. as always! The original open steel caged roof was completely rotted away. We had to start from scratch and weld a whole new cage together, that way we could fit a new custom canvas top onto the roof, as well as paint the roof without rust seeping through, and hang lighting and chandeliers without the worry of the roof collapsing!

This trailer got a new custom welded roof, a whole new trailer tongue and ball hitch, reinforced steel throughout, new webbed eyes and metal grates, a new custom diamond window door that opens, a new larger side door to enter the trailer through with custom engineered door grates among other things! We are well versed in trailers and restoration, and typically most every build takes quite a bit more than you originally anticipate… but this trailer took that theory to a whole new level! There were areas of corrosion that were almost unbearable and made us want to scrap the whole project! All for the love of a horse trailer of course haha!

After all the metal fabrication was done, we sourced some gorgeous reclaimed redwood for the sides and was able able to build a gorgeous custom wrap around bar and siding! We loved the original wood planks from the Feed and Grain that were inside the trailer sides .. but most of it was at the point of no return and sadly couldn’t save it. Luckily we were able to save the plank floors on the Trail King that were also from the Templeton Feed and Grain! We were so excited that we would be able to keep them intact! This trailer has a wild history and our goal was to preserve as much of it as we possibly could.

Once the reclaimed redwood was intact, we brought the trailer back to the property and started on the finish.. fresh white paint, new bearings, tires and wheels, popping out and filling the fenders and front aluminum dents and reattaching them, building the back redwood bar shelve siding, built the new redwood wall for the tap handles, fit the coolers and kegs, hang lighting and chandeliers, fit the redwood mount and antlers, and the new custom canvas top! We then took the trailer over to our good friend and old time sign painter Dave Bond (Lucky B Design) who was able to hand letter the trailer and pin stripe the front of it!!

Our first 1948 Trail King Horse Trailer Bar debut was at the Madonna Expo Bridal Show and then of course our infamous Trailer Prom! Our friends over at Barrelhouse Brewery were able to serve their amazing craft beer our of the horse trailer for patrons all night long! It was a huge hit!

It was also featured in a recent photo shoot published on Green Wedding Shoes: http://greenweddingshoes.com/new-years-eve-cocktail-party-inspiration-2/

TRAILERS & TEXAS by Kendra Aronson

Davy Crockett said is best in just one sentence “You can all go to hell; I will go to Texas”.

There is something really special to me about Texas! I have been heading out to Texas a few times a year, for about 7 years now. There is a bluntness and a “no bullshit” way of life in Texas that I can’t get enough of! To me everything seems a little simpler… people tend to cut to the chase a bit more. You put your head down and work hard, love your family, and love God.. and that’s pretty much it! Sounds so simple.. but as much as I love my State of California, and have a lot of California pride… we could learn a thing or two from Texas!

One of my closest girlfriends married a cowboy she met at NFR in Vegas, and moved on out to East Texas and planted roots. I started going out to see her, and help work their cattle a few times a year. Another one of my best friends moved to West Texas on the other side of the state, and got hitched as well! Coincidentally, my husband has been making trips out to Texas every year for about 12 yrs now to, to visit co-workers in Austin, and put on surf contests in Corpus Christi! Every time I head out to Texas now, I try to make what I call a Texas Triangle. I’ll drive from East Texas to West Texas to the Gulf… visiting friends ranches, hitting Honky Tonks and seeing some of our favorite Texas acts such as Jesse Dayton and Dale Watson, eating BBQ, shopping for Tinker Tin at the junk shows along the way…. and ending the trip in the Gulf with a surf contest! Below are some pictures from my latest trip! Hope to be back again in the Spring!

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EVERY SUMMER HAS A STORY by Kendra Aronson

Every Summer has a story, or two, or three. With September ending, and Fall beginning we figured we would do a quick summertime re-cap! We had quite a few adventures this summer, and a few stories of our own!! There wasn’t a lot of time for pictures, but I snapped a few along the way! From countless days spent at the beach, multiple trips up to Auburn County to pick up trailers, the Mid State Fair, lots of rodeos, long hikes in Yosemite and Hetch Hetchy, sailing with the family in Groveland, camping with the girlfriends up on the ridge in San Simeon, …. to trailer camp outs, Big Sur day trips, Sandollar surf days, concerts in the park in Templeton, and reservoir truck surfing in Creston! OUr summer was filled, our souls are happy, and we are yearning for our next big adventure!

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INDEPENDENCE DAY by Kendra Aronson

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.”
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The 4th of July is our favorite holiday! It celebrates everything that we love and believe in! It is a day dedicated to America the beautiful, our brave military, small town USA, the land of the free, independence, the American dream, beer and fireworks, old trucks and American made trailers….  I could go on and on!! We are proud to be American, to say the least! This year we had the honor of participating in the Templeton 4th of July Parade!

We saved a 1948 Kit travel trailer from the scrapper, a while back! Someone poorly gutted the trailer before we found it..  it was in rough shape… but was still too cool, so we had to save it from the dump!! We got a wild hair a few days before the parade to paint the 48′ Kit specifically for this years 4th of July in Templeton! A good friend of ours Dave Bond of Lucky B Design, who is a local sign artist .. along with his daughter Zoe helped us paint this trailer in 24 hrs for the parade! My tribe of Tinker Tin Trixies, came out to help us wave to the crowds!! We ended up winning 2nd place for Most Patriotic in the parade, and had a blast while doing it! Thanks to our troops for letting us practice our freedom this Independence Day! Let Freedom Ring!!

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TRAILER PROM by Kendra Aronson

On May 31st, Barrel House hosted our 1st Annual Tinker Tin Trailer Prom!! Trailer Prom was our summer kick off party!! We wanted to toast to BBQ’s, and warm summer nights, the beach and camping, and all the summer fun that’s ahead! Tinker Tin Trailer Prom was a night full of beer and twinkies, tipis and tutus, astro turf and trailers, and of course some good ol’ boot stompin’ country music by our favorite friends Monte Mills and the Lucky Horseshoe Band! We started the day off with 2 ribbon cuttings for San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce, and for our home town of Templeton! The best dressed couple was crowned Trailer Prom King and Queen, and they won a hot pink sparkling horse as well as a goody bag from Barrelhouse!! We had a tiny tinkers game area, where the kids could go fishing for lug nuts and pink flamingos! It was a wild night filled with thinkin’, drinkin’, and tinkin’ !! This is an annual event, so start picking out your outfit for next year!

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RECKLESS LOVE by Kendra Aronson

At Tinker Tin Trailer Co, we do trailer restoration, we rent out vintage trailers, tipi’s, and canvas tents, we style photo shoots, we dabble in interior design and event planning, and we have small line of clothing and merchandise! In all that we do though, whether it’s photo shoots or designing a trailer.. we sort of have a half hazard reckless approach! We can’t help it.. it’s in our blood! We LOVE freedom and with that comes reckless LOVE!

We have noticed at a lot of the weddings from the past year or so …. a trend I like to call the “move in your whole living room” wedding. We see many couples adding personal touches through living room lounges, and DIY and Pinterest obsessions. To us weddings are getting bigger and grander! Don’t get us wrong, we love that to… but for this shoot I wanted to portray the exact opposite!! My goal was to strip it down, and take out all the glitz and showcase a simple elopement, raw and true love.. reckless as it may be!!! Let’s runaway on our bike… and live in a trailer, and love and be real.. because at the end of the day … does the bunting and the colored straws really matter?!!

This photo shoot depicts all of the above! We worked with talented photographer Danielle Poff ! Check her out at daniellepoff.com. She only shoots in film, which is a rarity these days and is pretty badass! She has an incredible eye for details and light! Danielle’s style is very clean, modern, and fresh! We are always so blown away and inspired by her eye and all that she does! At Tinker Tin though, we like all things obscure, wild, cluttered and dare I say tacky!!? That being said, it was soo fun to find a middle ground and blend two different styles and make it work for this inspiration shoot at a private ranch in Cayucos CA! The incredible florist Asha at Wilder FLoral Company is so talented and made our 48′ Westcraft trailer pop in a way we haven’t seen yet! Stylist Sophie Moran, is incredibly creative and helped this vision of ours come to life!! Hair and Makeup was done by the amazing Martina Godwin .. she is a hair and makeup goddess.. use her people, if you need any hair and makeup done!!! The model Christina Blaney is a local girl here in town, and is talented beyond her years, and is our kindred soul! She loves old crap and old bikes to!! The male model and bike owner is a good friend of ours named Dan Collins. He owns a motorcycle shop and clothing label in Ventura called Old Gold Garage.. check it out if you haven’t before! It’s bitchin! A big thanks to everyone involved!

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SOUTHWEST GATHERING by Kendra Aronson

The 2nd Annual Sisters on the Fly Southwest Gathering at V6 Ranch in Parkfield California, went off without a hitch! It rained the week before the SW Gathering (and a tiny bit during), so lucky for us the wildflowers started popping up and the hills were gorgeous and green! We spent 3 days setting up camp, riding horses, target practice, dutch oven cook-offs, hangin by the campfire, and a whole lot of dancing, eating, and drinking! Here is a quick photo re-cap!

PISMO VINTAGE TRAILER RALLY by Kendra Aronson

This years 7th annual Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally took place May 15th-17th at Pismo Coast Village RV Resort. The third weekend in May is one we look forward to all year! We love camping with old trailer friends, catching up, exchanging trailer stories and making new friends. The Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally is one of the biggest trailer rallies in the world! Around 300 trailers from the 1930s to the 1970s, come into town to participate in 3 days of old fashion camping fun! There is bowling, trailer trash happy hour, camp fires, tumbleweed potlucks, sharing stories, kite flying, and old trailer movies projected at night in the square! Saturday from 10-3 is open house at the rally every year. If you weren’t able to make it down this year, come out next year! You won’t be disappointed! Here are a few pictures from this years 2014 Pismo Vintage Trailer Rally!

THE BEST KIND OF COLLECTORS by Kendra Aronson

There is the old saying that … If something exists, somebody somewhere collects them! We see that statement played out pretty regularly, in the trailer world! It is so great to meet people, who have spent their life searching for, saving, and collecting different items…… and it is even cooler to see their collections in person and hear the stories that go along with each find! There is also a fine line between collecting and hoarding. Sometimes that line is blurred and sometimes it is very defined. When we met Phil and Beth on a road trip, that line was as clear as day! They are some of the most wonderful collectors we have met yet! Phil used to own a wrecking yard, and throughout the years saved a whole lot of cool shit! He has an incredible eye for rare and beautiful things, such as his 39′ Mullins trailer, as well as a home built canned ham. Phil’s collection consisted mainly of gas station and automotive memorabilia, as well as old cars and trailers! It was a great afternoon, and time well spent! You never know who your going to end up meeting on the road!

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TEAM TINKER TIN by Kendra Aronson

Meet our newest Tinker Tin Team Ambassador, hometown girl Kara Kester!! This 17 year old Central Coast native is extremely talented, and is making a name for herself in women’s rodeo! Born and raised in Parkfield Ca, Kara competed for and won the title of 2013/2014 Miss California High School Rodeo! Kara is a member of the California High School Rodeo in District 7 as well as West Coast Jr. Rodeo. Kara lives the gypsy lifestyle and is constantly on the road from rodeo to rodeo, she has the biggest personality (and is quite the pistol to), loves the outdoors, she adores her animals, and all around embodies what Tinker Tin Trailer Company stands for!! We are soo looking forward to being a part of her journey this next year!! Look for our Tinker Tin patches on her rodeo shirts this year, and come support our newest edition to the Tinker Tin family!! Read below for an interview with Kara!!

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NAME- Kara Kester

AGE- 17 years old

WHAT EVENTS DO YOU COMPETE IN? – I compete in all the girl high school rodeo events: barrel racing, pole bending, goat tying, team roping, breakaway roping, and cutting.

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WHAT IS YOU FAVORITE EVENT? – My favorite event is team roping because I am able to practice with my family and friends.

TELL US ABOUT YOUR HORSES. – I have three horses that are my absolute everything. They are the true athletes in the sport of rodeo and I treat them as such. I use my horse Bay for barrels, Niner (huge San Fran football fan) for team roping, pole and goats, Gray for breakaway, and this year I’ll be using Booger for cutting.

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YOU WERE NAMED MISS CALIFORNIA HIGH SCHOOL RODEO FOR 13/14, HOW DID YOU WIN THAT TITLE? – Last year I was names Miss California High School Rodeo Queen. California High School Rodeo is broken up into 9 districts that contestants compete in. Each one of those districts has a competition for queen that qualifies a lady to compete at state finals for Miss Ca. I was fortunate enough to be able to accomplish winning Miss District 7, as well as Miss CHSRA. Gaining that title meant so much to me because it meant that I could represent the sport that I grew up with and made me the person I am today.

WHAT DOES THIS NEXT YEAR LOOK LIKE FOR YOU? – Next year I will be a senior at Paso Robles High. I plan to rodeo to the best of my ability and pick up a new event called reining cow horse. Just like any other year, it will definitely be busy, with a lot of time spent on the road and competing, but I wouldn’t want it any other way.

WHAT ARE YOUR HOBBIES OUTSIDE OF RODEO? – My hobbies outside of rodeo are competing in FFA, raising, showing, and selling my own show cattle, working on my families cattle ranch, running barefoot around our two vineyards and traveling. As the youngest of three kids, I love being around my family. They are truly my rock when I compete.

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AT TINKER TIN WE LOVE LIFE ON THE ROAD, ADVENTURE, AND ENDLESSLY CHANGING HORIZONS. HOW DO YOU IDENTIFY WITH THAT? – What I love about Tinker Tin Trailer Co. is the encouragement of self discovery and doing what you love. Rodeo is not for everyone, but it is something I genuinely have an intense passion for. Through all the late nights of driving hour after hour, through all the bad rodeos, through all the victories- it’s all worth it to do what you love!

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Well said Kara!!! Welcome to team Tinker Tin!!

LAKE LOPEZ SOTF CAMP OUT by Kendra Aronson

A week ago my mom and I went on our first ever mother-daughter camp out, just the 2 of us ….. and shit, did we have a blast! I grew up camping with my family… but when you’re from a large family of 6, its everyone goes or nothin’. We joined about 90 other ladies with their vintage trailers, tents, and RVs for our 1st, and their 4th annual Lake Lopez camp out! I had heard of Sisters on the Fly a while ago, but didn’t know they had chapters and events in California. I am so happy I was told otherwise! A few of the “sisters” that live in San Luis Obispo County had heard about Tinker Tin, and went out of their way to invite us to the camp out! I am so happy and grateful they did! It was a weekend spent with amazing company, incredible food, every drink you could think of, great music (Grammy winner Louie Ortega played for us 1 night), and non-stop laughter!! My mom and I were hooked instantly, and we have never ever felt so welcomed by anyone in our lives! Wejoined SOTF the day we got home! Below is a recap from the weekend! If you want to learn more about Sisters on the Fly check them out at www.sistersonthefly.com!