When I started looking more intensely at my small business I bought a camper trailer to renovate into a studio. Slowly (very slowly) it formed into the perfect little home to store all my supplies and work from. I have a series of blog posts you can find about the renovation process here.
The press was parked next to my home and was perfect when I had roomates and not a lot of space inside my house to work. I could go out there and escape and leave it a mess if need be. But as time went on, and roomates moved out, I began working inside more and more.
I found that the more lettering & calligraphy work I took on, the more I required a real desk to sit in. I also bought a large Chandler and Price Letterpress that could only fit in my Kitchen which left me pulling more and more items out of the trailer as I worked.
The roof of the trailer also needed to be replaced, which was going to either cost a ton of money or take up a ton of time. Neither of which I had.
The final deciding factor was talking to some local trailer folks about a new one. A company builds these little campers from scratch with seamless roofs that are designed to avoid all the leaking that can happen to these old guys. I did some research about the roofs and decided that if I wanted to keep a portable trailer more long-term, that I was going to have to get one of these newer ones eventually.
So I listed the trailer and sold it. It’s going to a new home to be an office space. I have so many mixed feelings about this. LIKE A TON. The day I drove home and the trailer was missing from my yard, I nearly cried. I am working on turning a downstairs room in my house into a new studio space, but it’s not the same. A lot of work went into my camper and I don’t want to forget it.
If you want to see the old about page I had on the trailer, you can find it here. Maybe one day I will replace it, but I will never forget this little guy and how well it served my business in the first few years.