It was 11am and it took all I had to get out of the bed. What is wrong with me? This is not like me, the ‘early-to-bed-early-to-rise’ gal that I am. I was disappointed. I was defeated. It may be safe to say I was depressed. For those of you who have told me, “Wow! I wish I could do what you do. It’s so much fun!” or “Oh, you’re so lucky! You are living the DREAM!” Well, let me tell you a little something about this DREAM I am living… it’s not always sunshine and roses!!
For those fellow junkers out there… you know this gig we have is hard work! I mean, we work hard!! We lift heavy furniture. We scrub dirty junk with heaven knows what on it! We work in our hot garages in the summer and our freezing garages in the winter. Let me tell you, it’s no walk in the park! We wonder from month to month if we will make the money we need for our families. And sometimes we don’t.
But we do it… because WE LOVE IT!!
This past weekend… I found the next big thing for my little business… a vintage camper! And I. WAS. STOKED!! I found this little doll on Saturday and could not believe it when I heard the price! Totally within our budget! I have been shopping for months for a truck and a camper so we can take our little shop on the road. So, to find one that was already gutted and in great condition, in our budget, was AMAZING!!
The problem with this little baby… no title. Hmmm. I knew we would need a title to take her on the road. The seller had it sitting in a field for years so there was never a need for a title or tags. I knew I had to chat with the DMV. As fate would have it, I couldn’t call on a Saturday or Sunday… and Monday, well, it was Labor Day! Go figure, right! But I didn’t let that stop me! I was determined this ‘lil gal would be mine!!
I was out of town most of the day Saturday, which allowed for a day of dreamin’! I laid out the camper in my head. I’ll hang a banner here and a wooden sign there. I’ll get a canopy to go there. That’d be nice and provide some shade. Oh! And I’ll paint the walls pink… no red… red and turquoise are always cute together. And I’ll stain the floors. Aren’t they pretty?
I’ll make some little steps so people can easily get in and out of my travelling shop! And it will take no time to fix the one little window that’s a tad off track…
The camper needed tires so I called my dad. What d’ya know… he had four tires on hand that were the perfect size!! I had a place to park her… and I was ready to go!! But it was only Saturday night!! I still had two days before I could even call the DMV.
I spent allllll day Sunday doing research online. How do I get a title in NC? Indemnity bond.. what’s that? Bill of sale. Inspection. Paperwork out the wazoo. But I didn’t care. I was willing to do the work, because it was the only way we would be able to get a camper at this price. In doing my research, I learned that I would need the VIN off the camper. Shoot! I didn’t get that!
Out of respect for the seller, I didn’t want to call her on a Sunday. I wanted to wait until she was back at work on Monday. So, I patiently waited.
Monday morning, first thing, I called the seller and asked for the VIN so I could contact the DMV on Tuesday. She looked but said she couldn’t read it. She would try the ‘ol rubbing trick to see if she could get it that way and would get back to me. So I waited more. Waiting is really hard for me. But I had no choice.
I never heard from the seller on Monday, but as soon as my feet hit the floor Tuesday morning, I was on the phone with the DMV. I sent a message to the seller asking again for the VIN. I was finding I couldn’t get anywhere with the DMV without it. Chances are the camper had likely fallen out of the system since it hadn’t been registered in over five years… more like eight or nine. But I just wanted to dot my i’s before I handed over the cash.
I faced a lot of pessimism from the DMV. Don’t buy it!! You’ll regret it!! It will be years before you can get a title!! But, I had been advised to call numerous DMV offices and that’s exactly what I did… until I came across one lady who was willing to help me. She really took a vested interest in what I was doing and commended me for being a female entreprenuer! But although she was nice… she still needed that VIN.
I waited and waited, but never heard back from the seller on Tuesday either. I called one last time right before 5pm, hoping to chat with the DMV before they closed but to no avail. I let the seller know that we were coming on Wednesday so my husband could see the camper. We wanted to check the electrical and I told her we could get the VIN then. I waited and waited. But no response, after a trip to my dad’s to get the tires, we hit the sack, and set our alarms for the BIG DAY!! Wednesday!! The day I would get my dream camper!!
Well, the alarm never went off. Instead a text message at 8am that read…
“Candace. The woman that was looking at the camper for a playhouse called last night. She wants it. She does not need the title or the lights because it is going to be a playhouse… Sorry but she was first. I just thought she had decided against it because it had been a couple of weeks.”
Whhhhaaaaaaaaat?! Noooooo….. my dream crumbled right before my eyes! I had it all figured out. I made a trip at 9pm to pick up tires from my dad. I had the paint colors picked out! I knew where I would hang my banner! I even checked on an October Barn Sale just down the road from me!! Nooooooo…..
So, there I laid… from 8am to 11am contemplating what this is all about? Should I give up? Why can’t I catch a break? I need a truck. I need a way to get my stuff from place to place. I need this!! But today wasn’t the day!
So where to go from here??
Well, I’ve always heard “Just when the catepillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.” So I will keep chugging along. I will keep my eyes open for a truck, a trailer, a camper, anything that will help us grow this little business. And I sure hope that little girl that is out there with a new playhouse knows… it truly is a DREAM playhouse. My dream. Her playhouse.