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Condor’s Nest Ranch, nestled in rural mountains about an hour north-east of San Diego, California, makes the ideal setting for a vintage picnic with its nostalgic Old West ambiance (thecondorsnestranch.com).
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Trucks and tractors are great props for a picnic with their authentic style.
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In addition to your flea market-bought décor, bring just enough practical supplies to keep an entire afternoon enjoyable without overloading your car: basket filled with cups, plates, utensils, corkscrew and napkins; thermos; wide-brim hats; sunscreen; your favorite novel or the latest issue of Flea Market Décor; games; blanket; towels and/or hand wipes; bug spray; and extra water.
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Once you’ve arrived, decorate your truck with the blankets, food and games you brought, arranging your vintage finds around the bumpers or on the hood.
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To conjure a nostalgic feel, enlist all your favorite childhood memories via vintage collectibles, such as this tin drum…
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…or these fun roller skates!
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Lisa Biesterfeld of the Condor’s Nest Ranch suggests bringing “a nice bottle of French bubbly or some old-fashioned sodas, cheese, fruit, sandwiches and a little lavender to keep the flies away!”
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Picnics are commonly considered a romantic tryst that includes a basket of travel-friendly foods set on a blanket in shaded grass with all the detailing of a 1950s film scene where heroines where gloves on hot summer days. But we think that eating alfresco is a pleasure that should be enjoyed regularly with a variety of styles—including the flea market ambiance we love!
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Written by Jacqueline deMontravel; photography by Bret Gum; styled by Jacqueline deMontravel and Amanda Heer.