Man, I wish tents still looked like this. Don’t you? I grew up on a diet of family camping holidays to France, but at the time did not appreciate our orange retro tent with its flower power curtains. Until recently, that was, on a flick through the family album for this post and realised what a treasure it was. Had my tastes in retro camping equipment matured in time, I would not have let my Dad sell it for a song on eBay a few years ago. So if like me you have a soft spot for camping scenes of yesteryear, this story will warm your retro-loving cockles.
Introducing, Vintents, a company based here in Sussex which upcycles vintage tents from the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s, and sets them up at festivals and events – and also weddings – for your retro glamping experience. “We’re on a mission to combat the Monday morning throw away mentality at festivals and give life back to these vintage treasures.”
“It really was a different era when things were made with considered design and people looked after their stuff,” say Vintents.”We absolutely love all the differences in our tents and take such pride in our collection. But let’s be honest, we also do this for a love of festivals, music, the arts and to be involved in one of the largest platforms for creativity in the world.”
Each tent is a genuine vintage article with its own vibrant colour scheme and retro patterns. They’re all full standing height throughout with separate cotton canopied sleeping compartments, making them both practical and cosy. There are three levels of luxury to choose from: Classic – “just the tent”, so you can bring your own beds and bedding; Comfy – your vintage canvas tent with airbeds with bedding; Luxury – all the trimmings! Rugs, sheepskins, memory foam mattress and fresh bedding.