We Bought a Camp!
Island of nostalgia
After nine years of work by David, Tereasa and practically all of their friends and family, Camp Wandawega has emerged as an island of nostalgia that seems like equal parts movie set, pop-culture museum and archaeological site. Tereasa crafted each of the property’s unique spaces as an authentic set piece picturing a moment anywhere from the 1920s to the 1960s.
With a budget of $200 per room, she went to work. Sometimes the camp provided treasures, like the large Fiestaware collection discovered behind a false wall in the kitchen. Tereasa estimates that a quarter of the decorating items were found on-site. Other pieces came from her tireless shopping of flea markets and secondhand sales (she lays out her strategies in her book Found, Flea & Free).
Pictured: Yellow chairs in the dining hall echo Fiestaware found behind walls.