Piss Poor


In Midieval history, leather tanning was considered a noxious or “odoriferous trade” and relegated to the outlying poorer part of town..Urine was used for tanning animal skins, so families used to all pee in a pot. Once the pot was full, they would sell it to the tannery. If you had to do this to survive you were “Piss Poor”. But worse than that were the really poor folk who couldn’t even afford to buy a pot. They “didn’t have a pot to piss in.”

Some cheaper tanneries still use urine & animal feces to tan leather today. I once joined some people on an elevator who just came in from the rain.I stood behind a man in a wet leather jacket. The jacket smelled like urine. Not nice.


Like everything else in life, you get what you pay for. High quality vegetable & mineral tanned leather upholstery outlasts fabric upholstery by a ratio of 3 or 4 to 1 and no pee smell.

With just a little care and conditioning you can expect your leather upholstery to last 20 years or longer, looking great the whole time.

Now through March 18th, your dollars spent on leather will go even further during our Leather Upgrade Event. Pay one price grade less than normal.

Whether your style is traditional

Rustic Living Room

Or contemporary


contemporary 1

or the uncommon unique pieces Stange’s have always shown

Your money will go further right now at Stange’s 

Learn more about leather at our post Leather 101


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