Some of us can only dream of having a little shop of our own.  For others,  like my friend, Aims Abson of Big Blue Barn Designs in Alberta, Canada,  it was a dream years in the making. She and her husband have a very old  travel trailer which they kept even after they upgraded to a bigger and more comfortable one with a proper bathroom. She knew she wanted to convert it into her travelling jewelry shop one day.

The old Trillium was originally made in the 1970's by a company in Ontario. It was named after the provincial flower.  The fibreglass trailer was wildly popular in its day because it was drier than tent camping and very lightweight for car towing. 

But the outside was damaged when it was too close to a fire. Way back in 2015, Aims told me :
It has a furnace in it and I've already redone the inside as we used it for travelling for years until it burnt.

I can pull it with my SUV...already have the hookups and brakes installed - and I wouldn't have to buy a table then....wouldn't it create quite the attraction!
She was right!  First she had to spend time fixing the damaged fibreglass herself. She explained :

I had to put 3 coats of fiberglass on one side and one on the inside to help repair the damage from the fire that happened 3 feet from it. I then put bondo over top of the fiberglass on the repair and on parts that had cracked under the heat. Sanded it all down and gave it a coat of special primer and then a couple of coats of the original colour. The previous owner had painted it white and I took it back to the original 70's green.

The hand painted flowers were the pièces de résistances!  Well done, Aims!

It turned out to be quite the attraction at a small outdoor craft show she attended recently.  The old suitcases she collects as well as the wood crates all came in useful for display. Even the trailer's open shelves perfectly accommodated her necklace and bracelet displays. The Christmas lights were a nice touch.

People were constantly stopping to take pictures both outside and in. They even asked if they could share on social media.  Aims naturally said yes! Best form of social media marketing without Aims having to do anything!

Unfortunately on the second day of the show, an early snowstorm hit Alberta so that put a damper on things. But there is always the next craft show and in the years to come, Aims!

See links below for other unconventional jewelry shops. 

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