BEV Tainsh worked for 30 years in an office while raising her three children. But she was restless; she wanted more…
Now her dreams have come true - she has her own business in Lismore and a pretty 1950s caravan!
Bev runs Magella Rose, in Magellan Street, Lismore, where she sells manchester, homewares and gifts.
"I love it," she told The Echo. "I love the customers. And I have great staff. I love the artistic side of the business too. Really, I love the whole thing."
Bev's other love is vintage caravans.
"They're cute," she laughs, "and a great way to promote my business."
Bev is preparing her newly-renovated caravan for the 4WD Caravan Camping and Marine Show to be held at the Lismore Showground this Friday to Sunday, July 6-8. The caravan will be furnished with manchester and homewares from Magella Rose.
"People visiting the show will be able to go inside the caravan and see soft furnishings by Laura Ashley, body products and other gifts from my shop," Bev said.
The caravan was rescued from an old dairy at Wiangarie. It was filthy, a cow had smashed in the rear end, and it was full of junk. The old van badly needed some loving attention.
Paul Copeland, a Lismore builder, painstakingly restored the caravan, under Bev's watchful eye.
Magella Rose is one of the more than 200 exhibitors (with hundreds of the latest industry products) featured at the 4WD Caravan Camping and Marine Show. You can discover all there is to know about caravanning, motorhoming, camping, boating and four-wheel driving in Australia.
The show is open from 9am to 4pm on each of the three days.
Admission is $12/10 with children under 14 free.
All proceeds go to the Westpac life-saver rescue helicopter.
Oh, and Bev is running a competition to name the caravan (which you can see at site 76). The winner gets a gift pack from Magella Rose.