Monday, 6 July 2015

Dub Be Good To Me


We haven't missed Camperjam since it started back in 2008. Over the years it's grown from an small event dominated by men dressed in camo print shorts and hoodies barbecuing sausages and haggling over second-hand car parts to a family friendly festival with tribute bands, ukulele workshops and tasty street food with weekend tickets selling for triple their face value on eBay. 





The market area features row upon row of traders selling everything from auto parts & van insurance to clothes, camping gadgets, hand painted boots and home-made pickles.


While camo print and hoodies remains the dress code of choice there's great interest in our vintage wares.


 Here's my beautiful friend Naomi modelling the Prova gypsy dress and 1950s parasol she brought from our stall.


Despite temperatures hitting the high eighties Andy treated himself to this Shaft-style 1970s leather trench.


Within minutes of putting this set of 1960s camp beds out they were snapped up.


Naomi has been a loyal Kinky customer for years. She also bought this Peterson Maid chiffon maxi and wore it for Friday's Mellow Yellow themed party night.



There's some gorgeous VWs on show (and to buy!)




With a popular Sunday dog show,the canines outnumber (and out dress) the campers. 


This dapper pug in his converted tin bath & velvet bow tie was hilarious.




I loved the gaudiness of the traditional funfair.


Here's our neighbours, Voodoo Street. We met at a VW event last year, got on famously and now demand to be next to each other.


The weather was typically schizophrenic. We set off in a heatwave, the heavens opened within an hour of erecting the pitch and turned so cold we could see our breath.


Friday was gloriously hot and sunny.


The evening was chilly so Jon raided the rails for warmer clothes. The midnight thunderstorm was magical.


Saturday and Sunday morning were gloriously hot and sunny with torrential rain yesterday afternoon, but not such a bad thing, the customers sheltering in our stall felt obliged to spend money.


The last time I wore footwear was last Wednesday. Bliss!


What a fab weekend. Just enough time to restock the van, catch up on some sleep and reacquaint ourselves with the cats, the internet and the luxury of indoor plumbing before heading South to the Cornbury Festival on Wednesday.


See you soon! 

53 comments:

  1. Oh it looks fab! I particularly love your friend Naomi's fab red frock and she looks brilliant in the yellow number too! So lucky that you even got a little bit of sunshine we've had dreadful rain. It cleared up for a few hours yesterday but now it's back to clouds! BOO! I love that patchwork skirt, it looks glorious XXX

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  2. Oh yahoo! First comment! X

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  3. Wow your stall looks fab - and I love the red and the yellow dresses your friend picked out.

    All the doggies look great but I think that pug stole the show in his velvet bow tie - haha!

    Helen :)

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  4. Looks like you had a fabulous time

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  5. wouuu, lovely to see you enjoying and selling, and having fun!! your stall looks particularly appealing! and so fabulous vans, cars, people and pets!!
    glad to see you looking gorgeous!!
    besos

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  6. Ah, glad you had a splendid time. I'm quite taken with the rusty old looking camper van in the second pic. It must be a paint finish though I think. Also that rusty bike stole my heart. What wonderful eye candy.
    Have a safe trip to the next festival! xxx

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  7. I wondered where you had gone as I hadn't seen you, then I remembered you likely were at such an event. We saw some gorgeous VW campers the other week, they were immaculate! I thought of you xxx

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  8. Your stall looks really inviting and changeable weather can only lead to more sales. The pug looks like he thinks he is top dog. I've always wanted a VW, but would feel a bit silly on my own. x

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  9. Your footwear is unreal, soooo love it! I enjoy this kind of events, so glad during Summer we have a bunch of them :)

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  10. how do i remember that song......
    one day we buy a campervan and drive around the alps. best before all the glaciers are melted!
    xxx

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  11. What great fun. My dad had a VW van and my sister and I went crazy for riding around in it. You and Jon look blissful and gorgeous, as per usual. xox

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  12. What fun! You always have such great items to sell, it would be hard not to buy something at your stall! 😺

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  13. what a weekend, everything there except the kitchen sink. I was trying to figure out what the Voodoo stall was selling,

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  14. One of these years I have to come visit during the summer and see you in your outdoor festival splendor!

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  15. You guys really know how to live. Love Jon's red shorts. I wish I could get Larry in a pair but I know that'll never happen. So as always will live vicariously thru you guys. You look like you are aging backwards...so beautiful. x

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  16. I love that they have a dog show as part of the weekend. Barefoot for days on end....I can't remember doing that since I was a kid!

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  17. What fun!

    Good thing you both seem to have an unlimited supply of energy.

    Love the bold red shorts on Jon. My husband was wearing bold orange ones yesterday.

    And I have to say I love the pug! ADORABLE!!!

    bisous
    Suzanne

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  18. As always everything looks fab and fun !
    xxx

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  19. That pug in the bow-tie looks right pissed off, what fab transport tho!
    I'd love to have a nosy at all those Vdubs to see how they've been customized. Hope you get time to put your feet up before the next festival.
    x

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  20. Another fabulous camperjam by the looks of things!
    Love your pretty toes :-)

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  21. Never too hot or too cold for a great fashion, yes? :0) VWs are just the cutest cars ever - they are like alive creatures, really. You look like art, as you always do! Have a good rest before the new adventure, my beautiful nomad! xxx

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  22. Your customers have made some fab choices there, specially the chap in the leather coat, bet he's wearing that now! Camperjam looks interesting too!

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  23. Vix, you little barefoot beauty, you lead the BEST life!

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  24. now that looks like fun, not to big and overwhelming.

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  25. It looks great fun! I would totally have bought those camper beds!
    Your friends look really lovely in their chosen outfits. I've got to ask about that turquoise patterned maxi in the 10th picture next to Sherlock Holmes! What's it made out of, what size it, how much is it and do you still have it please!!?x
    Hope you enjoy your nexy one.
    xx

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  26. OMG I need that pug! I got a little over excited on Saturday when I picked up vintage life in WHSmith and you were in it. Hadn't expected it.

    You doing any far North stuff this year? Xx

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  27. How great are all of the VWs love those. Glad that it's family friendly place to be now. The ukulele workshops sound like it's up my street. x

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  28. What fun and lot of cool items. Notice some vintage tupperware, at one time I sold tupperware.

    We have swap and barter fair. Usual they like people not to use money to purchase items. Usual it done in trade item for item.
    Or barter such washing vehicle windows for an item.

    Today on the way home form work I stop in at a local flea market. I didn't get anything but my friend did.

    Coffee is on

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  29. You cannot beat a VW Combie! Vehicle of my youth!! Awesome photos you shared of an awesome looking event.

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  30. How entertaining it is to expore different kinds of festivals through your posts! Love the photo of you and Naomi together, fabulous ladies!

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  31. Dogs at festivals are ace. They always seem to be having such a good time.

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  32. It must have been great being there from the start...and watching this event develop into something so wonderful. In today's globalized world, is there anything more refreshing? you don't know how much I love the idea of people connecting, selling their stuff but also bringing in their own things, exchanging ideas and introducing new events...spontanous things don't happen that often nowadays....usually the whole process of buying and selling is very controlled...but this is freedom! and look where you are now....a wonderful event, everyone having fun...families, children and pets (those dogs are darn cute).

    I especially like that first photo...you look divine as usual in that colourful maxi and Jon is looking very stylish himself...love his vest and shorts combo.

    The other maxi dress you wore is phenomenal....you look fantastic in maxi dresses....as for the last look, that cropped top was made for you!!! and I cannot tell whether you're wearing a patched maxi skirt or trousers...either way it is a perfect styling.

    have a great day !!!

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  33. lots of fabulous clothes and campervans - I love campervans - from my workplace in cyberspace I helped a few of the broken down ones at the end of the event, it's amazing how these vehicles just keep on going with a little bit of help here and there and how many miles they cover and how much their owners love them!

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  34. Hi Vix, that looks like so much fun. The pug! love it, he looks so smug! lol

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  35. So much fun and fabulousness , my queen
    TONS OF LOVEEEEEEEEEEE
    XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

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  36. This place is great, as the girl with the red dress!
    You are a couple very strong, and very stylish!
    I like the idea of a market and I love these little dogs so tired!

    baci

    serena

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  37. Like Kezzie, I'm eyeing that dark maxi hanging next to the mirror.

    How you and Jon manage to appear chic, while wearing cropped tops and shorts with bare feet, and professionally poised while tending to business in a sea of kids and dogs (wearing bow ties)is admirable and endearing. Naomi is an inspiring model for those who peer into Kinky Melon and wonder if they could possibly...oh, yes!

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  38. You and Jon manage to make working look fabulous! It helps that you are dressed to the vintage nines and love what you do, of course.
    Camper jam looks brilliant, I love seeing all the festival folk, the dogs, the vehicles, and the cool vibe. And as always your stall is a joy to behold - tell Naomi she's lucky I didn't spot those two fab frocks cos I might have fought her for them! (Not really, I'm a wuss and she looks wonderful in them.)
    Blimey, juggling work, blogging and life in general is hard going sometimes, isn't it? Hopefully, we'll catch up soon. Enjoy Cornbury - love you! xxxx

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  39. You two put so much hard work into your business, it's nice you can have some fun at these festivals too! I think Jon looks smashing in his narrow legged shorts - he's such a style king! Andy is certainly rocking the leather trench, even in the summer heat.

    I would have loved to see all the dogs (and pet them too, of course) The green and white maxi you're wearing in the photo with Naomi is a winner!

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  40. Looks like fun! I love a VW festival, great to see to see so many VW's around. I have never tried this one but really ought to try and give it a go it looks great. We are off to one in the Isle of WIght soon.

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  41. The sun and bare feet ... could it get any better?

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  42. Great pix--this looks like such a fun event.

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  43. Wo, you guys work so hard but it must be such fun. I love camper vans and dream of owning one. One day.....*sigh*. Your friend Naomi looks fabulous, especially the yellow chiffon. Love that little pug. He looks like he will kill someone for making him wear that bowtie. :) Xx

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  44. Waaahh! Cornbury is on my doorstep but I'm not going, thus missing the opportunity to finally meet you! :(

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  45. And as usual I want to be there. Actully we will go to London (again)in september but I can't remember that I've seen your van in London in any post, right? (Probably Brighton saturday 5 sep).

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  46. Hello my friend, I finally posted the Racoon butt just for you :) I know you read these comments and usually my blog but you are so freaking busy this summer thought I would let you know. Cheers!

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  47. I was thinking about you last week while I was away visiting my parents and went to a vintage car show that was being held near their place. There were only two VWs that I saw, but they reminded me of you guys and your usual involvement in this fare. And here I log in to see that you were surrounded by cool old vehicles at the same time I was, only an ocean away!

    Sounds and looks like it was terrific. Naomi found some winners at your stall! xo

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  48. The hardest working sellers I know! This festie always looks such a laugh with all the good things packed in to it....and who doesn't love a Dub?
    Kinky looks fabulous and I bet you couldn't keep 'em away.
    Love Voodoo Street's mannequin, he rocks.
    Have a great time selling this weekend and with a bit of luck, we'll all have a catch up soonish.
    Loves ya.
    xxxxx

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  49. VWs...vivacious camaraderie
    KMs...kind marketeers
    Rad dressers...and that pug! :-D:-D xo Jazzy Jack

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  50. ooooh I want that dashiki in the last photo!! Soooo much awesomeness in those pics. I enjoyed browsing!

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  51. You're wearing some of my favourite frocks in this post, I always love the green and white dress, reminds me of Pacers (chewy mints, remember them?) and of course your patchwork skirt. Did you get that yellow beauty Naomi is modelling when we went to Cardiff? She looks great in that lovely red gypsy dress. I could really fancy a van, I presume you were with Gilbert. Look at all thoose poochies! Boy racer indeed, so cute. Xxxxx

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  52. omg i love your pants and sequin top combo! so awesome! camperjam looks so fun! thanks for showing us the photos!

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