Vintage Camping Gear was founded by Jeff and Karen Matson, and is based in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Although we’ve always had a soft spot for vintage cars and trailers, we’re late-comers to the camping world. But we jumped in with both feet by purchasing a new Reissue Shasta Airflyte 19 ft. model in 2016 and we had big fun with it last summer in South Haven, MI.
In fact, so much fun that we joined the Airstream world by purchasing a 2014 International Signature 19′ Bambi. We sold the Shasta to a great family in Grand Rapids.
We both have other businesses: Karen is an artist and long-time painting and graphic design instructor. Her business is Matson Art & Design; products include handcrafted polymer clay and metal jewelry, digital illustrations, notecard sets, plus kitchen accessories like campfire kitchen mitts, hot pads and more. The fabric items in Vintage Camping Gear’s online store are made by Karen.
Jeff owns Creative Group, a web design/graphic design firm in Southwest Michigan. The company helps businesses and nonprofits of all types and sizes build great, conversion-focused web sites. He has another business, Matson Woodworking, where he makes handcrafted hardwood furniture, trays and the cutting boards and coaster sets you see on this site.
Starting VintageCampingGear.com has been big fun, and a great outlet for our design “bugs.” We hope you like our website and products, and welcome your comments.
—Karen & Jeff