Once in a while here at Lehman’s we get a chuckle out of the mainstream media’s “breaking news” reports about new, improved, healthier and “greener” ways of living.
We chuckle because many times the products they’re celebrating are the same ones we’ve been quietly offering for years. Many are some of our customers’ favorites, and some we’ve been selling for over 50 years (so they’re most definitely not “new.”)
Take our nasal cleansing pot. Being firmly rooted in our midwestern traditions, we don’t go out on a limb and call it a “neti pot,” and still hundreds of our customers swear by this simple little ceramic container. It beats tissues, bulb syringes and just plain suffering from allergies, it’s all-natural, it’s medication-free. All of the sudden, it’s on Oprah, it’s in all the big magazine articles, and even celebrities are raving.
Another thing that tickles our funny bone is the “green living” trend. Believe you me, we don’t think being green is funny – quite the contrary, it’s a serious business, and one that requires immediate and constant attention, especially these days. But the hip, ‘urban chic’ side of green? That’s something new. Now, Lehman’s may not be urban, but it turns out we’ve always been chic and hip. Because we’ve been touting the benefits of “green living” – growing your own, making your own and using time-tested, natural products that save money and energy– for over half a century.
One trend seems to be doing an everyday job in a way that will not only save you money and/or energy, while getting a little exercise in the process. If that’s your aim, you’ve come to the right place! Try our Amish-made, hand-cranked ice cream freezers: a little arm workout, and a sweet treat at the end of the job. Hey, you’ve already burned some calories in advance!
In these days of $4/gallon gas, our practical, economical, no-gas-required reel mowers have shot up in popularity, too (although they’ve always been popular with our customers). Our garden cultivators will also save you gas (again, because they don’t need any), and you’ll stretch your muscles for free – who needs the gym membership when you’ve got a garden to tend?
Around the house, you can “turn green” by turning back the clock with some of our favorite old-time helpers, such as wringer washers and drying racks (save water and tons of electricity, and make your clothes last longer!); grain mills and food mills in the kitchen (again, a little arm workout for a lifetime of healthier, more natural food); and soaps and lotionswithout all those chemicals in them that only chemists can pronounce.
Just some of the many ways that everything old is green again…