Brettuns Village Trunks & Leather



Old Trunks, New Leather.  All from Maine.

discount leather craft supplies, tools, and hides

December 21, 1999

Hi Everybody:

Just wanted to get a note
out to each and every one of you letting you


know that we wish you a
warm, safe, and happy holiday season.  My


personal wish for you is
that you have time, during this hectic season,


to sit down, put your feet
up, and enjoy the sights and sounds that are


all around at this time
of year.  When you put your feet up, by the way,


be sure that they’re resting
on a trunk from Brettun’s Village.

Couldn’t resist.

No snow, and none on the
way, so it’s looking like a brown Christmas up


here.  Ground’s barely
even frozen yet, thanks to this weather.  Coldest


we’ve hit yet has been 12
degrees, if I remember correctly.  I can


guarantee you it’ll get
colder before it gets warmer.  It’s been below


freezing every night, so
the ski areas are making snow like crazy.  Rope


your boards to the roof
rack and come on up!

We’re still waiting for our
trunk handles to get through the stitching


line.  There’s been
a delay on the manufacturing end, but we’re hopeful


that we’ll get our first
batch in the next week.

A few more trunks have come
in, even though it is usually a slow time


for the business. 
Not many auctions, yard sales all done for the year,


so the Picker Brigade doesn’t
have many places to do their picking.


Sales have been up, as once
again we’ve experienced our own version of a


Christmas rush (sold more
than one trunk on a single day).

Quick note – we’ve had questions
from many of you about Salesman’s


Sample trunks.  Seems
the problem is that many anntique dealers will


list any small trunk as
a salesman’s sample.  Last week, two of you


asked for our help in checking
out a small trunk that was shown on


eBay.  It was listed
as a sample, but it wasn’t one.  Just a small


accessory trunk, very common
in their day.  They are nice, small trunks,


but it’s too bad when dealers
list them as something they aren’t.  Small


trunks were made for a person
(usually a woman) to carry along


accessories that would be
needed enroute; the sort of things that a


person simply couldn’t do
without while waiting for 2,000 trunks to be


unoladed from a steamship. 
These little trunks are also sold as


children’s trunks, just
because they’re small.  Don’t believe it.  True


saleman’s sample trunks
will be decorated with all types of advertising


about the trunk maker –
quite simply, you’ll know one when you see one.


They really stand out. 
By the way, the small trunk on eBay that we


looked at ended up selling
for more than $400, just because someone


thought they were getting
a true rarity.  They got a bad deal instead.


We have a term for that
around here – “stealing”.

If you’re traveling during
this season, take your time and enjoy the


sites – like the people
who get all huffy in the airport.  They’re


darned entertaining. 
Take a deep breath, remember you’re on vacation,


and it’ll all turn out fine.

Enjoy the spirit of giving
this year, and make the very most of your


holiday.  It truly
is the most wonderful time of the year, don’t you


think?

Warm wishes-



Churchill, Amanda, Rebecca,
and Hayley Barton


Brettuns Village Trunk Shop

Brettun’s Village Leather