For those of you who have been waiting to hear about my next discovery, hold onto your seats, seriously. I only say that because the love of anything and everything vintage has been taken to another level, on the road, by a woman named Lesley Jean (who goes by the blog/Etsy name Yessiree Petunia), and her 1968 Scotty Tonga trailer, Matilda. So fasten your seatbelts, because this little trailer is hot and we are not taking any stops for a few paragraphs.
Lesley Jean is an amazing mother and wife who owns and operates a vintage shop through her mobile trailer that is based around the Indianapolis, IN area. Lesley Jean sells vintage items and clothing because she cares not only about people and the environment but the past and our future. She expressed to me that wearing vintage helps a woman express her unique style but it also keeps items out of landfills. Lesley Jean acquires the items that she sells via “thrifting,” estate sales, and home clean outs. She wastes no time in finding these vintage goodies, as she mentioned that her house is bursting at the seams with about 600 items waiting to be photographed.
Now one might be asking and wondering, where and how can I get access to all of these vintage goodies that Lesley Jean has to offer?
My first answer leads me to chat about Matilda. Matilda is close to original with minor restorations. Matilda gives off a Midwestern vibe and is decorated in aqua and red with only 10 feet of living space inside, quite quaint. You can find Lesley Jean and Matilda, filled with vintage goodies at festivals, fairs, and private shopping events. Matilda is available, aside from the little vintage shop that she is, for hourly rentals as a prop at weddings, photo shoots, private parties such as bridal showers, big girl tea parties, and backyard barbecues for babes; clearly leaving guests with the best photo ops ever!
My second answer is online! Lesley Jean has been selling vintage items on Etsy since 2011 under the name Yessiree Petunia. Lesley Jean’s Etsy business has grown from a hobby to a job, and when you see the selection you can easily see why her business is booming. Please check out the Yessiree Petunia selection at: http://www.etsy.com/shop/YessireePetunia.
Now, as if that is not enough, Lesley Jean started another business in 2012 that focuses on “upcycling” vintage jewelry into unique pieces that are modern, fitting today’s culture and styles. That website is: https://www.etsy.com/shop/somedaysoonjewelry. I guarantee that after a visit to these sites you will surely see some new, and by new, I mean old things that are musts for your closet.
To learn more about Lesley Jean, Yessiree Petunia, & Matilda please visit Lesley Jean’s blog at: http://yessireepetunia.blogspot.com/.