The other day I made a special trip to the Intermountain Farmer's Association to purchase my most favorite hand lotion. But when I got to the shelf, it was missing. I asked a clerk, and we managed to find a small 2 oz tube. I asked her when it would come in, and as she looked it up, she discovered that it might never come in again!
I was introduced to this stuff when I began to sew wedding dresses. I was worried about snagging the satin with my rough hands. Someone told me to go get some of this Udder Balm. She was specific about looking for the orange, black and white bottle, not any other. It has Lanolin, Aloe Vera and vitamin A, D, & E. It has no scent, it is made for cow's udders and even protects against frost for the poor cow who has to hang out in the cold all the time. It doesn't leave any greasy marks, just is absorbed and causes your rough hands to be very smooth. To make things fancy, I added some wonderful scented hand lotion Anais Anais my sweet Sailor gave me for Christmas one year. It stretches that hand lotion and still can be used when I sew. A seamstress has to feel special too, you know?
I went home terribly disappointed and decided to search online for some. I do a LOT of shopping online lately. I googled dionne udder balm and came up with several sites to choose from, but much to my dismay, I found that site after site either discontinued it, said it wasn't available any longer, had some available but for twice the price or tried to substitute it for something else. I was beginning to panic when I finally found a site in Louisiana that gave an 800 number and instructed the buyer to call for availability. I was beginning to resolve to pay any price, just to get some more. This is essential for my sewing business!
The kind man answered and said he thought he could put together a case for me. He even gave me a case discount price! To top things off, the shipping was really very reasonable. He explained that "we are in a world of hurt, and have no where to turn," explaining that this company has gone out of business and there is not another product on this earth that replaces it! Another company is trying to buy the rights to the formula so they can take over. I have no idea why this other one went out of business. I breathed great deep big sighs of relief when I hung up. I am glad I got another chance to stock up before I am completely out of luck.
But this is not the first time I have been so sold on a product that I felt life as we know it wouldn't continue if it was discontinued and it has. It seems like when I find a product that I love, eventually it is discontinued. I don't know whether to call it bad luck, a curse, or what, but this has happened many times in my life!
I am almost afraid to declare my feelings for a product I love, for fear I will accidentally put a jinx on the business.
So if you are a Tupperware dealer, or whatever, don't target me for your sales. If I find something I cannot live without, not only will that item be discontinued, the whole company may go out of business. It is just my luck! How frustrating.
Kind of makes me afraid to declare my absolute devotion and love, (the kind I cannot live without) about my sweet Sailor! Don't be discontinued please, Sailor just because I cannot live without you! OK?