17 responses to Marketing the Amish
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    Bill
    Comment on Marketing the Amish (September 11th, 2008 at 15:51)

    I really like oak furniture and much of my home is furnished in oak. Not too many years ago furniture stores started popping up around my area selling Amish made furniture and touting the “Amish” name in their business monikers. We stopped at these places and found pieces we liked and bought them. What got me to start travelling to “Amish Country” is I decided to go find a builder or builders and buy directly from them rather than buying from these “Amish furniture stores” and paying their markup prices. Doing this I wait longer and have to find my own transport for the furniture but I save money and enjoy dealing directly with the builder. What I’m getting at here is none of the Amish furniture makers signs read “Amish furniture” on them.
    And I’ve never eaten an Amish blueberry pie but I’ve eaten blueberry pies made by the Amish. :)

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    Comment on Marketing the Amish (September 11th, 2008 at 16:05)

    Ah, us Quakers can really relate to this.

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    Comment on Marketing the Amish (September 12th, 2008 at 13:48)

    Makes me think of the tourist traps in Berlin, OH. There in the middle of the “Amish Country” shops you can buy yourself Harley Davidson memorabilia.
    Well, at least it isn’t advertised as “Amish Harley” stuff!
    This post also made me think of what an Anabaptist preacher preached just recently:
    If the Amish (and Mennos) would preach like the 16th-century Anabaptists did, the tourist business would hit the basement. Not too many folks would drive a hundred miles see a preacher tell them to repent from their sins (especially if he would get specific in naming those “sins”!).

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    swartzamish
    Comment on Marketing the Amish (September 12th, 2008 at 18:06)

    Hi Eric,
    Up here in Northern New York we started a petition to appeal to the Ny Attorney General to investigate civil rights violations against the Swartzentruber Amish in Morristown, NY.

    Here’s the link:
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/swartzamish/index.html

    Hope you will do a blog piece about it!
    The swartzamish team

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    swartzamish
    Comment on Marketing the Amish (September 12th, 2008 at 18:10)

    Hi Eric,
    Up here in Northern New York we started a petition to appeal to the Ny Attorney General to investigate civil rights violations against the Swartzentruber Amish in Morristown, NY.

    Here’s the link:
    http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/swartzamish/index.html

    Hope you will do a blog piece about it!
    The swartzamish team

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    Bill
    Comment on Marketing the Amish (September 14th, 2008 at 05:04)

    Revisiting this topic brings me to think if there are no Amish at the point of sale of Amish made products it makes good business sense for the merchant to point out that a product is Amish made. Using the Amish name as if it is a “brand” name is quite a stretch but I don’t see anything wrong with letting customers know they are buying Amish produced goods. It doesn’t hurt that the point of this discussion is “Amish” sells.

    This leads me to ask what’s out there that can be called “Amish” in the same sense as one would call certain food dishes “Italian” or “Mexican”?

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    Comment on Marketing the Amish (September 14th, 2008 at 07:41)

    Michael, interesting you bring up motorcycles. There is actually a “Holmes County Choppers” T-shirt out there, complete with Amishman-on-a-motorcycle logo and something clever written beneath which I’ve forgotten.

    I’m guessing the ‘company’ is, most likely, fictitious.

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    Comment on Interacting with Amish at their businesses (September 14th, 2008 at 06:40)

    Interacting with Amish at their businesses

    Bill in your first comment I think you’ve hit right on a big part of the appeal of buying direct from Amish Country–in that it provides an opportunity to interact directly with the producer, and especially in that it allows for the customer to dip his toe a little bit deeper into Amish society than, say, a visit filled with more standard activities would allow. An Amish furniture retailer was recently telling me how much he enjoys the relationships he’s developed with his customers over the years, while acknowledging the appeal of being able to come on-site to buy.

    As you know these shops are typically located at the homes and being able to go on-site and see the furniture actually being produced also reinforces the ‘authenticity’ and ‘hand-crafted’ elements of the story.

    I actually had two questions if I can ask- do you usually go to the same producer? Someone you’ve gotten to know as in the example above? And, from a buyer’s standpoint, what appeals to you most about Amish furniture, in a general sense?

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    Bill
    Comment on Marketing the Amish (September 15th, 2008 at 10:12)

    Hi Erik! I’ve gone to the same builder for the items I wanted. I was referred to him after stopping at a couple other places that didn’t make what I was looking for. I’m sure you already know all builders don’t make the same products. Some builders use different woods or specialize in certain products. For example the builder I go to does not make chairs. If you order a table or dining room suit from him he will build the table and the other pieces and get the chairs unfinished from another builder and stain and finish them to match the table.

    For me the appeal of Amish made furniture is the look and the quality. The first time we went into an “English” run Amish furniture store we thought “If only we knew about this sooner”. Traditional style oak furniture was always our preference and for the price the quality of most Amish made furniture is hard to beat, especially when buying directly from a good and honest builder.

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      Comment on Amish furniture (November 1st, 2015 at 16:05)

      Amish furniture

      Hi,

      Thanks for your information. Can you please give me the Amish name, phone number, and email of who builds and sell you your oak furniture.

      Thanks a lot,

      VIC

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    Comment on Amish furniture parts assemby (September 16th, 2008 at 07:19)

    Amish furniture parts assemby

    Amish furniture has a well-deserved rep for quality. I wouldn’t say it’s always the cheapest, but if it’s something you only buy once, it probably ends up being more economical to pay a little more. Sounds like you’ve got a nice arrangement there.

    You bring up another good point, that a lot of these shops tend to be highly specialized in what they make. Some just do wood parts that later are assembled into the finished product. Or some Amish specialize in applying the furniture finish and nothing else. There are of course those that do it all, but I think the simplicity and cost efficiency factors of doing just one or a handful of things, very well, appeals to typical Amish sensibilities.

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    Adrienne
    Comment on Marketing the Amish (April 20th, 2010 at 19:37)

    I will be traveling to Amish Country Friday. Does anyone know of an amish furniture builder I can go to directly? I would like to order a dining table/chairs set, but do not want to pay the very high mark up prices that some of the stores have it priced at. Thanks I appreciate it!

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    Bill
    Comment on Marketing the Amish (April 22nd, 2010 at 11:20)

    Adrienne, Look for signs along the side of the road that advertise what’s for sale. Drive the backroads. If you can’t find a furniture maker, stop at any Amish run shop or roadside stand and ask where you might find one. Good Luck!

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    Chika
    Comment on "Amish" (August 25th, 2011 at 10:01)

    "Amish"

    Amish Blueberry Pie….makes me smile….I’ll take my Amish Blueberry Pie with a scoop of Presbyterian Vanilla Ice Cream and nice cold glass of Catholic Milk or perhaps a cup of Jewish Tea.

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    Fran
    Comment on Salud (October 20th, 2011 at 18:25)

    Salud

    Salud y larga vída a vuestro ueblo desde España.

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    Regina
    Comment on Amish Market in New York City (July 6th, 2013 at 15:00)

    Amish Market in New York City

    The so-called “Amish Market” in New York City is not a real Amish Market; it sells European-style foods and is staffed by immigrants, I think Russian. They used the word Amish in their name to bring in customers.

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    Bi8ll Rushby
    Comment on Amish Kittens (September 10th, 2015 at 18:11)

    Amish Kittens

    I read (perhaps in the Budget) about an Amish lady who put up a sign at the road, offering free kittens. No one inquired.

    She changed it to “free Amish kittens”, and the kittens went like hot cakes!

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