Brettuns Village Trunks & Leather

Old Trunks, New Leather.  All from Maine.

January 7, 2000

Hello Everybody:

How about these Fall leaves?  Are they as colorful where you are as they are here in Maine?  No matter how many years we see them change it always knocks us over.  This time of year, known locally as 'Leaf Gawking Season'
has also become one of the busiest tourist infestations that we experience.  It's even starting to rival 4th of July as a road clogger.

Some new items are in stock at Brettun's Village Leather, thought I'd let you know about them.

First - we bought out a load of spikes from a small business in New Hamster, next door.  We have 5/8" spikes and 1" spikes, both are solid brass with a nickel finish.  They mount easily to your projects - just
punch a hole and thread the screw (included with the spikes) into the spike.  Tighten it up and you're done.  Make a collar for your cat or your teenager.  Wear one to work and give the new supervisor something to drink
antacid about.  You can check them out on our parts and accessories page.

Next - the boat has arrived, the shipment is on the dock, and customs has just about given the green light.  This is a shipment we get about once a year, twice at most, from a tannery that we have a contract with.  We get
their 'overages', which you and I would call 'leftovers.'  Basically, when they get to the end of their fiscal year all of the oddlots get packed up and shipped to us at a set price.  The shipment we're expecting later this
week contains two major side types - the first is bright red chrome-tan sides in 4.5 to 5 oz, about 20 or 21 sq feet each.  These will wake you up in the morning, you can count on that.
The other type of leather coming in is nice, thick (6 to 6.5 oz) brown sides with an oil treatment.  These are perfect for things that may get used outside, such as archery accessories (quivers and the like), mocassins, etc.  We'll set
the prices once we know the final 'to-the-door' cost, but it's looking like the red sides will be $50, the brown sides $60, with both prices including delivery to your farmhouse from ours.  I'll get back to you in a few days
with the scoop.

We also bought out a supply of equestrian (I'll bet I spelled that incorrectly) supplies from a harness maker here in the US.  Buckles, rings, bits, chains, rivets, etc - all told about $50,000 worth of inventory (at their cost).  We'll
be blowing this stuff out in bulk lots, priced low.  We expect the shipment to arrive in the next week to two weeks.  I'll let you know when it's here.

This pooch thinks she has duck/goose hunting all figured out - our little Jenny has been swimming after everything, including the decoys a time or two.  Thanks to those of you who send her words of encouragement.  I read
the messages to her, although I have to admit I edit them a little, so as to keep her head from getting any bigger.  As if that were possible. Yesterday she was in the blind with us and started staring straight behind
us.  I tried to get her to watch the water, but nothing doing.  I finally looked to see what she was staring at - two young deer, no more than 15 yards from us, just standing there.  I was proud that Jenny didn't charge
after them.  I wasn't so proud when she tried to hide under my folding chair.  We both ended up in the sand, the deer ended up in Vermont, I'd guess, judging from how they jumped.  I've still got grit in my

More news soon - get out and enjoy this nice weather-
Churchill Barton