19 responses to The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos)
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    Shirley Chapel
    Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 13th, 2015 at 07:28)

    A lot of work out into that quilt for it to sale for $275. Someone got a very good deal on that quilt. Lovely piece of work.

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 13th, 2015 at 07:32)

    Thanks for sharing all the great pictures. The quilts are so pretty and not a bad price for them. Looks like they had a lot of everything to sell.

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    Harriet
    Comment on Loved the pics! (May 13th, 2015 at 07:42)

    Loved the pics!

    I love these pictures! Thanks for letting us see them. I’m curious about one picture. The salad bar/canoe picture shows gray on the back of the ladies’ dresses. What is that and is that commonplace in a particular community. I have never seen that before today.

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      Mark – Holmes Co.
      Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 13th, 2015 at 10:55)

      The ladies are wearing black aprons like many PA Amish women do. The gray is just the dress but with the apron covering a lot of the dress, you just see that patch of color in back.

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        Mark – Holmes Co.
        Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 13th, 2015 at 10:57)

        Just looked at the picture again. They have coats or sweaters on too. If they weren’t wearing those, it would be more clear it’s a black apron.

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          Harriet
          Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 14th, 2015 at 13:36)

          Thanks, Mark. That makes a lot of sense now that I look at the picture again. I’m coming to your neck of the woods in Sept and can hardly wait!!

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            Mark – Holmes Co.
            Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 15th, 2015 at 13:25)

            Do you know what you want to do & see?

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              Harriet
              Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 16th, 2015 at 07:06)

              Well, for one thing, I MUST go to Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen. I’ve heard so much about it that I am anxious to experience it myself. Beyond that, I have no plans. What do you suggest?

              The last time I was there, I remember thinking that Holmes County is one of the most breath-taking places I’d ever seen. (The rolling hills are high on my list) I want to take in the beauty of the place and am open to your suggestions.

              I spent last evening trying to find a place to stay. Any ideas on that matter?

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                Mark – Holmes Co.
                Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 18th, 2015 at 10:40)

                I’m glad you plan to eat at Mrs. Yoder’s Kitchen. It’s the best local restaurant in my own opinion. Other places we like:
                – Rebecca’s Bistro in Walnut Creek (light lunches, very small menu but it’s all made from scratch)
                – Chalet in the Valley (near Charm on the 557 — Swiss style cooking, great fondue, etc.)
                – The Farmstead (in Berlin) great cooking, their Monterrey chicken is my favorite dish

                – The Amish & Mennonite Heritage Center between Mt. Hope & Berlin on CR 77. A 15 minute video on Amish & Mennonite life today, a 30 min. guided tour (there is a fee) that gives a great presentation on Amish & Mennonite history, for an additional fee, the 1850’s one-room school then the pioneer barn. You learn about Amish schools, barn-raisings, covered wagon travel, and see Amish buggies up close. It should be everyone’s first stop in Holmes County.
                – Yoder’s Amish Home gives tours of two Amish homes (no-longer lived in but were at one time), their barn, buggy rides, and a newly built Amish-style school like what is used today. Their admission is based on which parts of their facility you wish to tour.
                – Lehman’s Hardware in Kidron — another must-see. They carry things the Amish community depends on and hundreds of items anyone would use in their home, garden, or work-shop. You can spend a half day there easily! They have a lunch counter there, too.
                – Heinis Cheese near Bunker Hill (on CR 77) HUGE selection and they offer samples. Kauffman’s Bakery across the road is really good, too.
                – Along the back roads are so many small family-owned businesses. At the Heritage Center they can mark your free map and send you to cottage businesses that suit your interest. In Berlin there is a LOT of shopping, but be warned it’s not very “Amish.” I hear people say they are disappointed in how commercial it has become. Keep in mind that if it has Amish in the advertising, it’s very likely not Amish owned.
                If you want real experiences and accurate information, be wary about the packaged “tours” offered by non-Amish companies. You might get very inaccurate and misleading information. Talking to Amish or Mennonite people is the way to go.

                Hotels: Book as early as possible. Carlisle Inn in Walnut Creek best “really nice” hotel, Berlin Resorts or Berlin Comfort Suites are maybe more mid-range, Zinck’s Inn very nice motels.

                I hope this helps!

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                  Harriet
                  Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 18th, 2015 at 17:58)

                  Thanks Mark. That is very helpful. My 82 year young aunt is coming with me so a lot of the trip will be determined by what she can do. But we certainly have several options from which to choose!!

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 13th, 2015 at 07:44)

    I love the Candy Store photo.
    I go to a spring fair type event (okay, its not a fair) and they have a series of tents where people sell candy and other treats, its the first place I ever had real kettle corn.
    Candy is a universal thing, I wonder what kind of candy is most popular in different Amish settlements.

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      Jerry
      Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 13th, 2015 at 15:39)

      At most events the children choose elaborate candies that you don’t see elsewhere. Tall colorful sugar shapes on sticks and the taller the better. Bags of Skittles are popular. Something called “clear toy” and those Lancaster County favorites of carmel swirls with powdered sugar cream mixed in.

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    Andrew White
    Comment on When is it held? (May 13th, 2015 at 12:28)

    When is it held?

    Any specifics on time and dates, really great pictures too! thanks for sharing this!

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    Karen Pollard
    Comment on Quilt prices (May 13th, 2015 at 15:25)

    Quilt prices

    Queen/King size appliqued quilts like that would sell for at least $800-$1000 here where I live. It’s a shame it didn’t bring more.

    We attend the Amish school auction at Cannelburg, IN every Labor Day weekend. Most of the 175-200 quilts sell for at least $600 or more.

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      Jerry
      Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 13th, 2015 at 16:34)

      Karen, I’ve attended five auctions this spring and every one has seen lower than normal retails for quilts. The highest I’ve seen this year is $450. This is not normal. I do know that quilts sell better in th fall than the spring. Perhaps the market here in South Central Pa has reached saturation. Maybe walmart is back selling those imported quilts for $39.99 again.

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    Jerry
    Comment on The Gratz, PA Fire Company Sale (20 Photos) (May 13th, 2015 at 16:19)

    Let us not forget that tomorrow is Ascension Day. Most all Amish and OO Mennonite will observe this as a relegious holiday. All business, stores, schools will be closed. No field work will be completed. Time will be spent either at gatherings or at home with friends and family. Best wishes.

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    Comment on Sale Information (May 14th, 2015 at 09:30)

    Sale Information

    The 2016 Sale dates are May 6th and 7th. This sale has the best food of all the PA Mud Sales! Aside from the standard chicken BBQ, burgers and fries, they serve baby back ribs, a salad bar, chicken wings, (Friday only) hot sausage, grilled chicken sandwiches and salads, and more.

    For the past few years they have been posting photos of the consignments as they arrive to their facebook page. That is usually the 3 days leading up to the sale. Here’s a link to their page. https://www.facebook.com/gratzsale

    I found more photos here. http://gafc27.smugmug.com/2015/522015-Sale/

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