Digging back a bit, I managed to pull up a neat story from the Cellar on an Iowa Amish settlement, originally found in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.
After buying a tract of farmland, a developer auctioned off the unwanted turkey barn located on the property.
After chopping it into four pieces, the local Amish managed to move it by hand to a location one mile away. It took four hours to do the entire 160-ft structure.
This odd tale speaks two things, loud and clear: resourcefulness, and an unwillingness to let perfectly usable stuff go to waste.
I just tossed a newish suitcase with a busted zipper. Same thing with a somewhat ripped pair of jeans. Something tells me our Amish friends might have gotten a bit more mileage out of that stuff than I did.