Getting back home to the Mitten State has been a very long experience this time around! We had moved to North Carolina for a job offer to fly drones that I was excited to take in May of 2019. We packed all of our stuff up from our small house in Southfield, Mi into a storage/moving POD and headed south. The job was working for a company that I had been contracting with and I felt comfortable that it was a good career choice. In the end, it wasn’t what I expected… but it didn’t matter because I was laid off after 6 months. While we loved NC, we were stuck in a state that was not too close to home during the pandemic.
We had originally started our house search in the Raleigh area because we thought that we were going to stay no matter what, but then the pandemic started and we started looking for a place to move home to… We found a few that we loved and even more that we would have just been settling on. After looking all over the state, and putting offers in on multiple houses… most of the time having our feelings crushed because our bid for usually 10k over asking price wasn’t good enough. We finally found a house that we just felt was amazing here in Battle Creek, MI! It was owned by a man of the cloth and his wife. Instead of leaving us high and dry when our credit union was changing some policies to do with student loan stuff… They gave us time to secure the correct lender and we closed only 30 days late. We were so lucky!
We rented a pod again to move all of our stuff, but this time we had a whole shop that we had assembled, so it was much more expensive. We had to transport specialized equipment so that posed it’s own challenges, but in the end we got almost everything back home with us! We did leave some pretty fun stuff that we built while were there like our shop table. It was really sad that I had to leave it behind, but it was so big, it would have cost more to move than it was worth! I plan to rebuild! With that said, now lumber costs so much, it’ll have to wait!
Getting the Glowforge Pro laser to Michigan in one piece was vital to our objective. We put it in the box that it was delivered in… the one that you aren’t supposed to throw away because Glowforge will charge you like $250 or something to replace if you ever need to send it back to them… Glad they told us to keep it! I’m always throwing boxes away that I wish I would have saved! The laser ended up riding in the back of our travel trailer with the motorcycle next to it on the trip up. It made it to it’s new home and fired right up when got it all set up as well as the rest of the shop tools… they all made it up in decent shape. We got a few things with some damage like our table saw got an abrasion gouge in the top, but as long as everything still works, we’re happy.
When you move that much stuff, you hope to not have to move again anytime soon… So the shop will be in our house until it makes better sense to move it or try and build a place for it on our property. We have enough space for our current fabrication needs with some space to spare.
So we resumed doing business on Etsy again in the late fall of 21 and with spring coming soon, we’ll have our garage doors open more because we’ll be doing business in there… which is where we plan to speak with customers in-person, besides on-line and via telephone. With the services that we offer, we are able to do most all of our communications remotely, but we’re also available in-person if needed. we offer both pickup, local delivery and shipping via US mail.
In addition to that, we’ll have time to collaborate in the coming months after the shop is in better order.
Getting back to home to the Mitten State has been a very long experience. We had moved to North Carolina for a job offer that I was excited to take in May of 2019. We packed all of stuff up from our small house in Southfield, Mi into a storage/moving POD and headed south. The job was working for a company that I had been contracting with and I felt comfortable that it was a good career choice. In the end, it wasn’t what I expected… but it didn’t matter because I was laid off after 6 months.
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