Out with the old, in with the new!

If you’re on our email list, you just got our Overstock Sale email. (If you want to sign up for the email list, click here.)

We’re offering up to 55% off on overstocked items from 2010. We need to make room for the exciting new products we’re planning for 2011! If you want to learn more about the closeouts, just click here!

Deciding what to clear out at bargain prices is a big decision for us. We want to keep what makes us special, but we know that new ideas and new ways of doing things are always happening, even in the old fashioned hardware line. So, in order to let those new and exciting things happen, we’ve got to go “out with the old and in with the new!”

My work and my personal life are hopelessly intertwined. I guess that’s what happens when you are one of the owners in a family business (of if you just happen to really care about doing good work). So, whenever we make big decisions like this, I always think about how my personal life parallels what I’m doing at work.

We’re offering the 2011 Old Farmer’s Almanac at 1/3 off. It’s one of my favorite reads and it’s not even out of date yet! Why are we getting rid of it? We’re looking ahead. As I thought about my personal life, I realized that looking ahead is important. I want to make wise decisions in what’s left of this year so that I can do well next year. Sometimes the wisest thing to do is to give up on something we nice (like the 2011 Old Farmer’s Almanac) in order to get something even better (like the 2012 Old Farmer’s Almanac)!

We’re giving $10 off the Hen and Rooster Hunter’s Knife. It’s a handsome, hand-crafted knife made in one of Europe’s 19th century sword factories. It has a classic stag handle and (despite its old-fashioned beauty) features an amazing full-tang blade fashioned from Solingen’s finest 440 stainless steel. The first moment I touched it I fell in love with it. Now there are only 11 left and we need to close them out. This made me think of how life comes at us in a series of phases. Sometimes we have to let go of the last phase to embrace the next.

We’re cutting the price $30 on our Amish-made Oak Magazine Rack and Coffee Cup Holder. It’s a fascinating piece of Amish ingenuity. We plan to keep carrying it after the sale at its regular price of $149.95. But, it didn’t sell quite as fast this year as we thought it would, so we’re a little overstocked. I blame the popularity of the Kindle Reader for this. Maybe we should ask our friend Mr. Miller, who makes our magazine rack, to make a Kindle rack instead. Or maybe not…sometimes it is best to stick with the old ways of doing things even in a new year!

What about your life? This is a good time to think about what you want to get rid of in your life. Some of the things you and I need to give up are tough to say good-bye to, aren’t they? Lehman’s will lose money on some of the items we’re closing out. But, I guess everyone has to pay for their mistakes. I’ve always believed the best thing to do is pay what my Dad calls the “tuition bill” and move on.

One thing I know. If I hang on to the old too tightly, I’ll never allow for new growth.

It’s a great time for a fresh start. I hope that your life is filled with exciting new growth in 2011!

Galen Lehman
Galen Lehman, President, Lehman’s

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Lehman's CEO and son of founder Jay Lehman. Homesteads on five acres. Believes in a Simpler Life...rewarding relationships, fresh, local (preferably homegown) food and the gratification of hard work. Plant a tree!