Vintage Style for Summer: Go Glamping!

I don’t know which is more appealing: MaryJane Butters’ concept of “glamping” or her keenness for hybrid words and their crossbred concepts, like “learncation” (a learning vacation), “tramping” (trailer camping) and “junktiquing” (antique hunting for so-called “junk”). In her fourth book, Glamping with MaryJane, MaryJane, a former wilderness ranger, organic farmer and environmental activist turned magazine editor, shows every girl how to go camping by adding some 1960s-eque pep to her step. The art of “glamping” (glamour + camping) is her focus—two ideas she’s no stranger to. True to her farm-girl roots, MaryJane upcycles rustic flea market finds, which she displays inside and all around the vintage trailers she restores. Her techniques can help you add permanent touches of country charm and vintage style to your own backyard, porch, trailer or any outdoor retreat.

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“Glamping with MaryJane” by MaryJane Butters, published by Gibbs Smith, 2012; Photo via

MaryJane sums up her vintage style and philosophy into three words: “grit, grace and glam.” The grit came from her days working for the Forest Service in the 1970s, when she lived in a tent year round in the Idaho outback. The rugged lifestyle stuck, and she currently has her own farm in Idaho where she welcomes guests to stay at her “organic safari” bed and breakfast. There, guests sleep in tents on antique iron beds with down comforters, bathe in cast-iron, claw-footed tubs (outdoors of course) and enjoy organic eats from woodstoves. While she recommends trying a remote boondock camp for your next adventure, she knows that the modern glamper girl still needs to stay in touch with the virtual world; so no need to ditch the WiFi on your next outing…phew!

In essence, “glamping” is a clash of the old and the new that embraces the best of both. Gone are the days of dreaded camping trips, as “glamping” is hardly roughin’ it in the harsh outdoors. Instead, you can get all dolled up in a bright, decked-out trailer; enjoy the beauty of nature while still having access to a long, hot bath; and treat yourself to all-out decadence. “Glamping” is 21st-century camping turned five-star experience. So adorn your domain with vintage treasures. MaryJane teaches us girls that expressing our “inner gypsy” is part of being a modern woman who does it all—and quite fabulously. Happy glamping.

To learn more about MaryJane Butters and her glamporous vintage style, visit her website.

by Karen Wilhelmsen


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