Brettuns Village Trunks & Leather

Old Trunks, New Leather.  All from Maine.

August 3, 2007

When things turn this warm up here in Maine we get worried about things like how the elderly are fairing over at the nursing home in West Paris, if the milking cows can find enough shade out afield, since they certainly aren't a-barn this time of year, and, most of all, we worry about how the new leather will sell.  August - here it is, full force, over 90 degrees, might as well be 200 degrees F.  Why on earth we dream about this in January I'll never understand. New leather?  Did I mention new leather?  I guess so.

You know how it is with cattle.  Born in the pasture, they learn to walk within hours, and go on to lead rich, productive lives.  This is true as long as your definition of 'productive' rolls along a little like this:  Eat, sleep, eat some more, repeat for a pre-determined number of months, say hello to the fast food joint.  The end.  Leather, or cowhide, most commonly, is a by-product of this industry.  Waste not, want not.  It's good, I suppose to see those hides get turned into something useful that will protect your feet from the elements, or protect your chairs from your backside, or hold your arrows in one spot on your back this Fall, or keep your watch on your wrist where it belongs, or hold your pooch's tags around said pooch's neck as required by the local ordinance, or keep your folding money and driver's license in your back pocket or purse, or whatever else it is you use leather for in your world.  The age-old process of tending cattle and raising them right is very important to those of us who feed our families off the leather game.  With this new type of leather we have in stock, well, come to think of it, I guess it's pretty much the same.

Even at a young age this creature knows that there's safety in numbers, so it sticks together with its kin, and they roam here or there, typically as a group, while searching for food or safe haven.  During their early days they've not even a scant notion of how their hides will become prized possessions in the human world; no idea whatsoever of the very basic facts that make up their lives, one of which goes like this:  Your skin will adorn many fashionable folk, those two-legged things that drive too fast and spend too much money on things like, well, just about everything but one good example would be fly fishing gear.  Keep that in mind.

As these things get a little older they tend to leave the group more often, and eventually strike out pretty much on their own.  I'm not talking about teenagers, not human ones anyway, so you can forget that thought right here and now, mister.  This thing continues it's roaming ways, traveling almost always, until one day, a certain type of
cowboy, though not on a horse (nor goat nor camel nor F-150) spies it and drives it into a type of corral.  Removed from its element then, the creature is dispatched (with either a thump on the head or an electric charge), and, like cows or chickens, the meat goes one way, the hide the other.  That's where we come in.

These hides are unusual, dyed many bright colors, finished, and are now for sale on our site.  See the Hides and Sides page if you'd care to check it out.  I should probably tell you what they are, but let's just leave it up to those of you who are shopping for a new type of leather, something that comes in smaller hides, and sells for $12 or
less.  With free USA shipping too, because you just flat out demand that (or we force it on you, I can't tell which).  If you feel like checking them out, or if you just think something smells fishy, head on over to the site.  Do you remember studying foreshadowing in high school English class?

Another piece of important news, and I'd appreciate it if you could pay attention here, because this one will affect your bank account: You know what's happening with fuel prices, and you know how prices for everything are heading up. Our shipping computer here at the Fabulous Brettuns Village Worldwide Headquarters and Spa runs some
shipping software that stops every so often and announces "You're Receiving a FREE Software Update!!"  I guess we're supposed to get all giddy over it but we finally figured out that this just means the rates are heading up again.  So, since I'm in charge, and that means I call the shots, and that makes me feel like a real big man, and, oh forget it but let's just say that I got sick and tired of it and decided to cut many of our prices on the site, because higher fuel prices at your house mean less money for leather, so leather'd better cost less or we won't be hearing from you very often, so now the Hides and Sides page has some deals going.  With a little html editing I
knocked $20 off our sole bends, and $5 or $10 off the price of many other sides/hides.  Shipping's still free.  You deserve it.

Heading to Pennsic for that massive sword flinging extravaganza?  Drop by our shop while you're there - we're only 17 hours north of the site.  We can stay open a little later if we know you're coming, so drop a line.

Go find an air conditioner and sit in front of it.

Brettuns Village Leather
Lewiston, Maine