16 responses to Keith & Laura James on running an Amish goods business
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    Comment on Lovely interview (November 17th, 2011 at 09:06)

    Lovely interview

    I’ve visited Keith and Laura’s site many times, and it’s so interesting to read this lively interview with them!

    Heading over there to do some Christmas shopping!

    Marta Perry

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    Comment on Keith & Laura James on running an Amish goods business (November 17th, 2011 at 09:15)

    Great post – and I really enjoy hearing the stories behind the items. Can’t wait to do a little online shopping! Perfect timing for this article, I’d say. Thanks!!

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    Comment on Amish Workshops (November 17th, 2011 at 09:25)

    Amish Workshops

    I am pleased to see someone working with the Amish communities to market what they can produce. I am mor einterested, myself, in things that Amish families use themselves rather than the products they market to the outside community. We are Plain-living but isolated from a large Plain community. We have talked fromtime to time about marketing things like Amish-made wood stoves (no coal here) and off-grid living products. So far,w e have no capital for it, but there is a market for that as well. Lehman’s fills that market in the US, but there is no local or Canadian equivalent.

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    Comment on Keith & Laura James on running an Amish goods business (November 17th, 2011 at 10:09)

    I love the collapsible baskets. I just can’t decide which design to get! I spent quite awhile the other day going over the website. They have a lot of interesting items. I look forward to going back to the site and going over things again – this time with my credit card! lol. Thanks for the interview. It was interesting!

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    Ruth
    Comment on wind chimes (November 17th, 2011 at 10:16)

    wind chimes

    I went to your wind chimes site to find a specific sounding chime but there is no Audio Panel to click on to listen to the various chimes.

    • Hi Ruth, I just passed this on to Keith, hope they will be able to help us out on that. Thanks for letting know.

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      Comment on Wind Chimes (November 17th, 2011 at 11:13)

      Wind Chimes

      Hi Ruth — Thank you for visiting the website! Not sure what’s going on with the wind chimes for you, as we are able to listen to them. I’m wondering if you might be viewing the chimes at the category level instead of visiting the individual chimes pages. Please visit this page:

      http://www.amishworkshops.com/item/Victory-Bells-Copper-Wind-Chime-263

      …and tell me if you can see the audio file player, under the sentence that says, “Click the right arrow to hear chimes:” Thanks!

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    Comment on Thanks and Discount Offer (November 17th, 2011 at 12:02)

    Thanks and Discount Offer

    Erik, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to tell your readers more about our business. We couldn’t ask for a better venue! And we appreciate all the nice follow-up comments – they sure do put wind in our sails!

    We would like to offer a holiday discount to your readers. Now through December 12th, enter coupon code AAHOLIDAY at checkout to receive a 15% discount on your order. And thanks again for visiting AmishWorkshops.com!

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    Comment on Keith & Laura James on running an Amish goods business (November 17th, 2011 at 19:19)

    Wow! Thanks a lot Keith! That is so nice of you!

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    Ann Whitaker
    Comment on Keith & Laura James on running an Amish goods business (November 17th, 2011 at 21:05)

    Erik,
    As always, I thank you for your wonderful posts. This is new to me and I’ll be checking out Amish Goods.
    Traveling to Randolph tomorrow! Will be eating a good “fry” pie in your honor!

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      Comment on Fry pie accessories (November 20th, 2011 at 13:58)

      Fry pie accessories

      Thank you Ann! Hope you had a great trip to Randolph. You know fry pies will never go out of style. I wonder if Keith and Laura carry a fry-pie holster of some sort, so you could tote around 3 or 4 with you strapped around your waist at all times (just in case the fry pie munchies hit).

      I’d be in the market for something like that. Keith? 😉

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        Comment on Fry Pies! (November 21st, 2011 at 20:42)

        Fry Pies!

        Don’t get me started on fry pies – I love them! Our friend Paul (the one you met in Michigan) and his wife are big supporters of their children’s Amish school, and their most popular fundraisers involve making and selling fry pies. The parents and kids from the school team up to make more than 3,000 fry pies in flavors like peach, blueberry, lemon, and my favorite, black raspberry, which they sell to the greater community at large. Seems like I’m always visiting either right before or right after a fundraiser, but I sure would like to be there to help make them. I have discovered, however, that more than two at one setting is not a good idea. Too much is too much!

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    Comment on Amish Workshops (November 18th, 2011 at 13:14)

    Amish Workshops

    Really great post. Love the photos and appreciate the discount offer. I am heading over to the web site. I would also like to know if the Amish use most of the products in the store. There are some wonderful Amish folks on my Christmas shopping list.
    Thanks Erik, Keith and Laura!

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      Comment on Amish Products (November 18th, 2011 at 13:54)

      Amish Products

      Hi Marjorie — The answer to your question regarding whether the Amish use the products on our site is yes and no, depending on the product. For example, Amish men don’t wear belts, preferring suspenders instead. The pet collars with rhinestones are a bit too fancy for their use as well. But most of the other products on the site would definitely be acceptable. Woven rugs, clothes dryers, farm toys (including trucks and tractors), quilts… anything practical but not too fancy. I think that’s the tipping point: if it’s considered too fancy it becomes a matter of pride or being prideful, which doesn’t set well with a community known for its plain and simple ways.

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