16 responses to Silver Star Leather of Shipshewana, Indiana
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    Emily
    Comment on Silver Star Leather (May 27th, 2014 at 06:17)

    Silver Star Leather

    Neat! We’ll have to swing through there next time we are in Shipshe. Many thanks for the post!

    Emily

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      J T
      Comment on Silver Star Leather of Shipshewana, Indiana (May 27th, 2014 at 18:33)

      My once 30 inch waist line now needs a 34 which means I have to buy a 38 inch belt but alas they are too small. And the ones I buy are so flimsy that after two wearings they cracked and and thus belong in the trash. My Amish harness can make for me a quality belt in the right size plus three inches with the quality I need. The brass buckles are so cheap on the net that I can buy 50 of them for 10.00. I have four rolls of cow hide that I paid $10.00 for. I’ll take them to my Amish harness maker and make me a belt that will last 20 years. He will sell the rest at an Amish event and could net the school $300.00.

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    James Beltz
    Comment on Silver Star Leather (May 27th, 2014 at 08:20)

    Silver Star Leather

    Wonderful. I lived there for a few weeks…nice town

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Great craftsmanship! (May 27th, 2014 at 08:59)

    Great craftsmanship!

    I would LOVE to order a custom-made leather (nothing exotic) “wristlet” for myself. What I mean is a large-ish ladies wallet (built-in slots for credit cards, ID, pocket change) room for a cell phone—small enough to hang from my wrist with a leather wrist strap. My big, heavy purse is getting physically taxing to carry! I keep looking & looking and never see what I really want. How could I go about ordering something like that (mail order, as I don’t get to Shipshe very often!)? It would likely be something I’d keep the rest of my life, so I’d pay a good price.

    I loved to see the photos of exotic leathers—hippo! Who knew? I can understand why they’re expanding–handmade leatherwork is an art, but very practical as well.

    I wish them continued prosperity!

    Alice Mary

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      Linda
      Comment on Wristlet (May 27th, 2014 at 09:22)

      Wristlet

      Now I learned a new word, “wristlet”, Alice Mary! Thirty-One bags are popular in some circles; one Amish lady in PA sells them. Thirty-One has wristlets in the categories of Wallets and Accessory Bags, if you need ideas.

      http://www.thirtyonegifts.com/catalog/

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        Alice Mary
        Comment on Silver Star Leather of Shipshewana, Indiana (May 27th, 2014 at 11:44)

        Thanks, Linda. I’m familiar with 31 products, but I’m really hoping to find something in leather, with a wrist strap that DOESN’T detach. I guess it’s ’cause I grew up in Chicago where we were always on guard (especially downtown) for thieves who would actually cut purse straps, grab the purse & run. I think a good, sturdy handmade leather wristlet would be more durable.

        I was also surprised by the insulin pump holder—I don’t need one yet (I’m diabetic but on oral meds so far), but now I know where to have one made should I need one!

        Alice Mary

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          Comment on Indiana Amish Leather Goods - Contact (May 27th, 2014 at 12:54)

          Indiana Amish Leather Goods - Contact

          I would never guess an insulin pump holder would be among the custom jobs here, but why not 🙂

          Alice Mary on the wristlet, if you can provide some sort of design idea (maybe a sample image or two from somewhere) and/or any relevant specifications, I can forward it on to Loren and we’ll see if they can give you an idea. Feel free to email me (ewesner@gmail.com).

          For those who want to contact Loren & Dorcas directly, I just added the Silver Star contact info to the post above (it is also on the main profile I linked as well, but should just get it up here too). And I’ll go ahead and put it here too:

          Silver Star Leather
          Loren & Dorcas Yoder
          6875N 800W
          Shipshewana, IN 46565
          (260) 768-7958
          Open: Monday-Saturday 10 AM – 4:30 PM (4:30-8PM by appointment). Closed Sundays.

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            Alice Mary
            Comment on Thanks Erk (May 27th, 2014 at 20:33)

            Thanks Erk

            Thanks for the opportunity, Erik! I will gather my stuff together & work out some measurements and ideas and send it along in a few days. This should be fun!

            Alice Mary

            • Alice Mary, got your email about this and am about to pass it on to Silver Star, also sorry if you weren’t able to access this due to site problems the past day or so, things should be working a bit better now.

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    OldKat
    Comment on Erik (May 27th, 2014 at 09:43)

    Erik

    Do they still make harness as well, or have they dropped that line?

    • They’re not in harnesses anymore Oldkat, just purses, belts, related products. There is a shot of the brochure at the link to the full profile (in the post above) which gives more detail on what exactly they carry (you’ll find it in the “Additional Photos” section at the bottom of that page).

      If you’re interested, there are of course harness shops in this same community. One I’ve been to is called Eastside, in Topeka. http://amishamerica.com/amish-harness-shop/

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        OldKat
        Comment on Thanks (May 27th, 2014 at 11:01)

        Thanks

        Just in case the one I have been using changes direction, it is good to know about other options.

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          Linda
          Comment on Harness shops (May 28th, 2014 at 07:03)

          Harness shops

          OldKat, I thought you might be interested in this link of harness shops, some Amish and some non-Amish. You can either scroll down until you get to Harness, or you can click on Harness in the index.

          http://ruralheritage.com/Evener/index.htm

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            OldKat
            Comment on Thank you Linda (May 28th, 2014 at 16:37)

            Thank you Linda

            Thank you very much, Linda. That was very kind of you to post this info. I’ll be sure to check them out.

            There was an Amish harness shop in PA that I used for years, but he finally retired and the business was apparently not taken over by someone else.

            Then I used one in Canada for awhile, but they have closed as well, unsure why, so I started using one that is not Amish, but which sells Amish made goods. A couple of comments that they have made made me think they are thinking of doing something else. It is nice to have some options in case they do.

            Thanks again.

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    Mary Yoder
    Comment on Silver Star Leather (May 28th, 2014 at 07:09)

    Silver Star Leather

    I am in left field, or blonde, or something. Where do you see an insulin pump holder?

    Thanks for the peak into a close-by enterprise that is all new to me. wow, small world, huh?

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