Brettuns Village Trunks & Leather

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July 16, 2008

Trunk Shop News



July 4th has come and gone,
so summer is in full swing in Maine, for

at least another few weeks. 
Here at Brettuns Village Trunk Shop the

humidity level is off the
charts, and the little electronic weather

station on the window sill
just blinks:  “You’re Now Underwater –

Please Hold Your Breath.” 
Just walking through the barn makes you

sweat, and the very sight
of the trunks stacked up in there only

worsens the situation. I
just have to hang in there for about eight

more weeks – then we’ll
be back to some reasonable temperatures,

somewhere south of 60 degrees.
Best part of the year.

Looking for a project trunk? 
We’ve got a lot of them out there, and

have added a few to our
‘Sold As-Is’ page on the site. On that page

we sell trunks that have
not been refinished – just the way they are,

complete with the dust and
grime of the ages on the outside, and on

the inside you can usually
find one old sock, a broken keychain, a

feather from a canary, the
arm off a GI Joe doll (left), an empty coin

purse that appears to have
been made by hand, three paper clips, a bar

of Ivory soap still in the
wrapper (supposed to keep the trunk

smelling fresh), 2 cents,
4 newspaper clippings (cookie recipes), a

mesh bag with a bunch of
pine needles in it (in case the Ivory soap

doesn’t work I guess), one
marble, a house key, and two hairpins.

That’s about the average
list of hoo-hah we find in these trunks.

Anyway, if you’d like to
find a project trunk, might be worth a look

at the ‘As=Is’ page. 
The prices you’ll see there include shipping to

any location in the 48 contiguous
United States, so the price you see

is the price you pay. 
Like a used car lot.  Here’s a link to that


We’re certainly deep into
yard sale season at this point in the

summer, which means when
I wander into the office on Monday morning I

get a bunch of e-mails that
pretty much say the same thing:

“I found an old trunk, I
don’t think you’ve ever seen one like it

before, but it’s real nice
although there are some stains and

something moldy in it but
anyway it has metal wheels on the bottom and

wood slats on the top and
sides and the handles are broken and how

much is it worth and oh
yeah guess what I got it at a yard sale for

five bucks LOL!

If you’ve sent us one of
these on a recent (within the last 19 years)

Monday, you’ve probably
received the ‘generic response’ that goes out

every Monday:

“Many trunks of this style
were made in the late 1800s by contract

manufacturers and then sold
through catalogs such as Sears or Wards.

It’s common to not be able
to find a maker’s label or tag because the

retailers wouldn’t allow
the maker to put their own name on the trunk.

 In general, trunks
like this sold for around $2.75 brand new. The

largest contract factories
were Seward Trunk & Bag in Petersburg, VA,

Taylor Trunk of Michigan,
and MM Secor in the Midwest, so there’s a

reasonable chance that your
trunk was made by one of these companies.

If you’re interested, we
offer an appraisal service that provides a

complete written report;
more information about this service is

available on our website.”

We get great responses to
this, including my personal favorite:

“I don’t want to pay for
an appraisal, I just need to know how much

it’s worth you idiot.”

I love my job. Yes, like
so many other professions, it’s the

customers who make it memorable. 
Still, I can’t imagine a better line

of work.  Maybe if
we started finding rare coins or unmounted diamonds

or platinum ingots or first
edition Hemingway novels signed by old Hem

himself or Al Kaline’s original
bat then the job would seem even

better, but it’s pretty
difficult to envision it gaining any ground

over how it already is. 
Next time you’re banging a trunk around

inside the garage you’ll
see what I mean.  I think.

Stay cool and calm-

Churchill Barton

Brettuns Village



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