you need to know about antique trunks, including antique trunk history,
on trunk makers, and even trunk parts, trunk repair tools, how-to books,
help for antique trunk do-it-yourselfers.
Our Store in Lewiston, Maine
VILLAGE TRUNK SHOP, we
buy, sell, and refinish trunks, chests, toy boxes, wood boxes, and tool
boxes for antique dealers, interior decorators, college kids, doll collectors,
tool collectors, museum curators, and regular folks. We've been at
it here in Maine since 1988, and have shipped trunks to all 50 states and
several locations outside of the United States. We also refinish
trunks for our customers. Take a look around our web site for
some basic information on our trunks, helpful tips for do-it-yourselfers,
some interesting links to other trunk sites, and a few plugs for visiting
Maine - and not just in the summer either. Those two weeks go by
too quickly anyway.
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of antique trunks currently available - updated whenever something new
comes in or whenever one of our lucky antique trunks is sold. We
cry when they leave.
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your payment clear s, though.
our listing of vintage suitcases for sale. Some are wonderful, some
are garbage, they're all for sale!
TRUNK PARTS! If
you're in the middle of refinishing an old trunk there's two things you
need. One is a psychological evaluation - the full-blown type with
wires stuck to your head and the works. The second thing you need
would be parts for your trunk. Here at Brettun's Village we make
and sell many of the parts you'll need. We also sell many original
vintage parts - what we call 'new old stock' or original old parts that
have never been used. Incredible! OK, not really.
JUST RIGHT FOR BEATING YOUR TRUNK INTO SHAPE!
We offer some of the weird little tools you need to do the job correctly.
Don't try to fake your way
through using that fancy multi-bladed can opener you got for Christmas.
YOUR OWN ANTIQUE TRUNK! Tips
on what to do, how to get parts, basic first-aid, removing odors, swearing
under your breath, and pictures of trunk types.
Quick help for the do-it-yourselfers
AND AFTER PICTURES! A
small collection of before and after shots of some of the most recent antique
trunks we've run through the shop.
These pictures will give
you an idea of how trunks look after we beat them around, and maybe give
you some ideas for your own project.
FOR TRUNK NUTS! Click
here to see a few selected links designed to meet the needs of the trunk
enthusiast, whatever that is.
MAKERS' HISTORY! Visit
this page to learn a little about some of the old trunk makers. This
section grows a little every so often as we add new pictures and information.
HERE FOR BOOKS
on old trunks, you can even buy your own copies of the darned things.
Fascinating coffee table books! Oh sure. Get a life.
Read these books first, though.
OUT OUR CUSTOMERS' GALLERY Take
a look at some of the projects our customers have completed.
they aren't all customers, but they're sort of attached by way of our newsletter
and/or Parts Department.
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Our guarantee is simple – If you’re not happy with your purchase for any
reason or no reason just ship it right back within 30 days for a refund
or exchange. That’s it.
Returns and Exchanges:
At Brettuns Village, we guarantee your satisfaction. If you're not
happy with anything in your order, please send it back within 30 days for
a refund or an exchange.
You don't need to contact
us first if you don't want to - just send it and include a note with your
name, order date, and payment method, and we'll issue a refund or send
out replacement merchandise promptly.
The only catches are that
we don't reimburse you for return shipping (unless we really blew it) and
we'd like to get things back in pretty much the same condition they were
in when we sent them your way.
Please try not to beat the
living daylights out of the stuff if you can help it.
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Come on in and find a trunk you like!
Shown below are a few different
types of trunks and boxes, just to give you an idea of what passes through
Just your standard wooden
trunks, ca. 1850 to 1880. Some similar styles were made like this
until as recently as 1940. Utilitarian, handsome, what more do you
want? Wicked cheap, too. Originally these were covered with
green or black canvas. Not very unusual, so don't expect to pay an
arm and a leg for this style. These turn out to be beautiful and
are quite useful for storage.
Here's what we recommend
to finish the inside. Remove the old wallpaper and sand/stain the
wood, like the trunks shown above. If you have bugs in your area,
plain wood is better than fabric or wallpaper (the little bugs will move
in between the trunk and the fabric/paper). We fix up and sell a
lot of trunks like this, redone inside and out, as shown here. USA
Shipping is included in all of our prices.
Check the FOR
SALE section for info. While you're in the shop be sure to
think of your loved ones and how much they'd love to get a trunk from our
shop. Or, think about our loved ones and how much they'd like a lobster
dinner paid for by you...
Maybe you'd prefer an old
pressed-tin covered trunk. Not much wood showing, so this type sells
a little more slowly than some, even though they're quite striking once
they've been redone. Some were painted, like the one above, others
were glazed. Often the glaze didn't last very long. Sort of
like the shop owner's hair.
were all the rage in the early 1800s. Well-known trunk makers from
that time include Robert Burr of Boston (maker of the saddle trunk shown
on the left), the Saratoga-style trunk makers (center photo), and the stretched-hide
and brass tack style (on the right) made by several companies all around
the US. You may find one of these with the leather in rough shape,
or the leather may be gone altogether. You can still have a great
trunk for display by finishing the wood beneath, and polishing up all of
those little brass tacks. If the leather is in fair to good condition
it can be oiled and saved, probably for another 200 years or so.
Then again, if your kids are like ours, you might get another four to six
months out of it, but it'll be a fun time.
Toolboxes are lots
of fun. You'll never see two of these alike. Each was typically
hand-crafted by the owner, and it was sized to meet that person's unique
tool needs. Look for wide pine boards, special compartments to hold
certain tools, and maybe some dents from shins banging into it. Husbands
love these old toolboxes, but none of them can really explain why.
I've got a few of them that I've kept for myself, and I couldn't tell you
why I hang on to them, or what, if anything, I'll ever put into them.
I just like em.
You really should be in Maine, so if you're wise
enough to visit, you might want to check the Maine
Office of Tourism's site and also the State-o-Maine's
pages for touristing goodies.
Hope to see you upcountry!
Churchill Barton, Proprietor