World, meet Half Hitch Goods, the new online marketplace selling vintage and modern home décor and accessories. The best part? San Francisco-based owner Carrie Caillouette travels around the country in her Vanagon Doka Transporter (think Volkswagen van in the front, pickup in the back) to meet vendors and source their goods.
Phase two: A popup shop in the Vanagon, which will rove the streets of San Francisco (and possibly even more of California), complete with a Sunbrella canopy and custom shelving. We. Cannot. Wait.
Carrie recently bid adieu to corporate life as a buyer to pursue her lifelong dream of opening her own shop. Now she travels around, searching for handmade items with a story, like the gorgeous Saami bracelets, the traditional adornment of a semi-nomadic tribe in the Arctic. Erica Honig, their maker, was taught the art by a neighbor in her native Sweden and brought the craft to California when she married. She now does all her hand embroidery in Marin.
Carrie says the inspiration for the items she sells comes from “the western lifestyle, the prairie, the range, and the open desert wilderness. The West is a place where hand crafted things are still valued.”
We completely agree. These are a few of our favorite things.