Brettuns Village Trunks & Leather

Old Trunks, New Leather.  All from Maine.

May 6, 2009

Shoot. No more snow. 
I miss it already.  Look out there in back –

the grass is turning green. 
Started the lawn tractor last weekend.

This all leads to one inevitable
situation – here comes tourist


In Maine, where our state’s
entire economy is about the same size as

the first 18 floors of one
of those NYC high rises, we count on

tourists to drive, fly,
or boat in here with pockets spilling over

with cold, hard cash. 
Leave as much of it here as you can, as we’ll

surely need it next September
when you all go driving, flying, or

sailing back from whence
you came.  We’ll need it for firewood,

heating oil, wood pellets,
and other heating fuels, including the most

popular one, Coffee Brandy. 
Here comes summer, and don’t forget that

we’re counting on your support.

No recession here in the
barn, thanks to you customers.  You’ve been

doing a great job of keeping
us busy, and we appreciate it.  To show

our thanks we’ve been updating
the Weekly Deal (on the Leather site)

every Wednesday morning,
and a lot of you have gotten into the habit

of checking that deal out
every week.  Thanks.  If you’ve forgotten

to check on the Weekly Deal,
let me just run through a sampling of

some of our recent deals:

Wed, March 25: 200 sq ft
of sheep shearling for bomber jackets, $95,

free shipping

Wed, April 8:  Denim
suede hides, $20 for 4 hides, free shipping

Wed, April 15: Full set of
leather working tools, $4,000 value for

$50 flat, free shipping

Wed, April 22: Week-long
stay at the cottage on Brettuns Pond, with

lobsters for your first
evening’s meal, and open bar all week, $175

per group of up to 20 people
(this one was really a hit and we’re now

booking this into 2010 –

Wed, April 29 – Full cowhides,
upholstery leather, Dark taupe, about

60 sq ft per hide, $10 each,
free shipping

I should mention that I’m
going from memory on these, and I turned 50

a few weeks ago, so, well,
I know the free shipping part is correct.

I’m not so sure I got the
rest of it right.  My point is, and right

here I should stop and mention
that these newsletters always have a

point, even though sometimes
you have to swab the newsletter and send

the sample to the crime
lab for DNA matching to figure out the exact

point, and even then there’s
a reliability factor that can be argued

in court, but anyway, the
point is, we’re running these Weekly Deals

so you may want to mark
it on your calendar, or soak your hands in a

bucket of water for about
three weeks until they shrink down small

enough so that you can actually
type on that PuckerBerry

you just had to have, and stick it in the

memory so that it gives
you a shock or plays ‘War’ (Huah!  What is it

Good For?)(now that’s stuck
in your head for the rest of the day –

sorry) to remind you of
something important.  Sort of.

The Leather site (BrettunsVillage.Com/Leather)
is gushing with new

stuff. Been a while since
I sent you any of these literary road kill

wrappers, and in the meantime
we’ve added a bunch of new leathers,

beefed up the Clearance
page, added 8 new types of snap hasps to the

Parts/Hardware section,
and even initiated a cool new software

nightmare that makes little
boxes show up now and then to show you

even more stuff that you
really don’t need but wouldn’t mind having.

Very cool.  Very high-tech. 
That’s a fib.

I guess the big news on the
Trunk site is that we were invited to load

our truck with refinished
trunks and take them down to Rumson, New

Jersey for display (and
sale) in the Design Show House.  It’s very

cool.  Quite a mansion,
old enough to have a Trunk Room in it, so we

filled that room with trunks
and now they’re for sale. You can learn

more about the place here:


Great time of year now that
mud season is about behind us.  To

celebrate, the black flies
are out in force.  They’ll be gone soon,

and then the mosquitoes
will arrive.  Right after that will be our

first snowfall, and then
we can get back to wearing long underwear.  I

rather miss it.