The Barbour Westmorland Waistcoat I was wearing, not too long ago, had a substantial tear in it. And for less than thirty dollars at their Milford, New Hampshire repair facility, they performed what I think is a clever repair, making it appear as though there was a double hand-warmer pocket.
Where else these days can one get this kind of expert work done at such reasonable prices? This is just one of the reasons I am so very fond of the classic (read that, waxed) Barbour items.
Of course I have been wearing it everywhere, including at two new bovine deliveries (of sorts). The first was of a heifer, Betsey, who arrived down at our friends' saltwater farm to keep their other heifer, Mabel, company.
The other "delivery" was some of the raw material needed for a third cow.
An expert at breeding, she always wins Grand Champion at dairy shows for her Jersey Cow herd which, in turn, produces the highest quality raw milk.
We were able to help out in smaller ways, by delivering some of her fresh yogurt to a local store...
...and to be there at the set-up of a farmer's market.
...including some of the company one meets.
I really do not like box stores. I do not believe I have been in any in over five years. In my life I have been to Target perhaps twice. I have spent in total less than ten minutes in Best Buy, and I have not visited most at all, including Ikea.
(And I am far from pure. Some may call me hypocritical, and they would not be inaccurate in too many instances. I do shop regularly at chain supermarkets, including Hannaford's and Shaw's, some "almost box" clothing companies like L.L. Bean and Ralph Lauren, as well as the boxless box store Amazon.)
It is an increasingly challenging activity to not accept the assumptions and products of the ever-more influential corporations' managers and sourcing, marketing, and logistics departments. And it is also increasingly worthwhile.