23 responses to The subtle language of Amish business signs
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    Leanna
    Comment on Baskets for sale (October 26th, 2012 at 06:08)

    Baskets for sale

    We vacationed in the 1000 Island area. Horse droppings along the road indicated there were Amish in the area. I saw a little hand-lettered sign tucked among the weeds -‘BASKETS FOR SALE’. We followed the signs through winding back roads, thinking we might get lost. It was well worth the extra miles. The basket maker was a young mom wth many children. While she and I chit-chatted 5 children were hanging the laundry – and loving what they were doing. I left there wishing this lady were my neighbor.

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    Alice Aber
    Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 26th, 2012 at 06:38)

    Greetings,

    While in Bellefonte, PA this summer I found 3 lovely little shops at their farms along a country road. My first time driving along the road I had missed the signs completely. Small and nothing fancy they seemed to blend into the surroundings. I was not disappointed in any of the businesses. Good products at reasonable prices. I finally got to have some raw milk which I have not had in years. I bought fresh produce at another farm, and home baked goods at yet another.

    I guess if I were to have a complaint, it would be that sometimes you miss seeing the signs. I knew there were places on that road so I was looking for them and still missed the signs my first drive through. I do like the simpler way of doing things I just wish the signs were a little bit bigger, LOL.

    Blessings, Alice

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    Richard from Amish Stories
    Comment on I went to a Amish coach shop and saw a computer right on the counter! (October 26th, 2012 at 07:14)

    I went to a Amish coach shop and saw a computer right on the counter!

    I had gone to a Amish owned and operated coach shop in Lancaster which was something that I would occasionally do on and off since I was a child, only this time I had noticed a computer sitting on a table. And after talking with the Amish owner I found out that he regularly responds to emails and monitors his own web site, so that surprised me a little and this happened a few years ago. I know Erik has talked about this on Amish America before along with myself on my own blog, so I’m not so surprised anymore seeing a computer inside an Amish business.

    Richard from www.Amishstories.net

    Nickel Mines shooting

    I hope that Erik does not mind me saying that on my blog today I have a post from a minister who went to where the Nickel Mines shooting took place to help comfort some of the Amish victims families . This post is in 2 parts and is the first time that he’s talked about it, so he talks about Faith and on how the Amish themselves reacted as some of their children were dying in the hospital. A horrible story and far from the happiest post to publish, but it did happen and he wanted to share what he had seen.

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      Sharon G
      Comment on Reference to Richard's Amish stories (October 26th, 2012 at 08:45)

      Reference to Richard's Amish stories

      Richard,
      I am thrilled I saw your website. I read a lot of your stories this morning and I am looking forward to the Part 2 of the Nickel Mine story. My heart stopped when I heard about that shooting. My grandson was 1 year old that day and each year I remember that horrible shooting. I live about an hour and a half from Etheridge, Tennessee and have visited in that Amish community for years and years. One of the Amish friends there was instrumental for starting the settlement in Mississippi and we even visited him and his family there. Thank you so much for your stories!
      Sharon

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        Richard from Amish Stories
        Comment on To Sharon....... (October 27th, 2012 at 08:43)

        To Sharon.......

        I really appreciate you saying that Sharon and I thank you for taking the time out to stop by my little blog.

        Richard from

        www.Amishstories.net

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    Robin Wyatt
    Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 26th, 2012 at 07:17)

    I think little or big the shops with down to earth rugged signs are the best. They are looking to make money to support their family. And live they ways they think is best. I wish I lived closer to shop in there shops.

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    Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 26th, 2012 at 08:36)

    Thanks to this site, I’m sure, I just love the different signs I see in Amish country. It’s just like you said, some have what you’re looking for, others don’t, and some signs are nicer than others. I always take pics because the signs are so cute, even the rough-looking ones (those are sometimes the best). Thanks for sharing ~

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 26th, 2012 at 14:37)

    I remember when I first learned about Pathway Publishing, here in Ontario. At that time it had one of those homemade signs out front, because it’s on whomever’s property, and the sign looked just like any of those selling eggs, vegetables or whatever, but it said “Pathway Publishing”.
    I would have thought they would have gone for a more elaborate sign, but given the faith they cater to, it makes sense.

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    Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 26th, 2012 at 15:15)

    City folks sometimes don’t “get” the signs. When we’re in Ohio, we always buy eggs at a certain Amish farm. Early this month, we noticed a sign tacked to the porch: “We still have eggs.” We asked if they were thinking about going out of the egg business. The woman looked surprised. “Not at all!” she said. She could see that we were still puzzled, so she explained that the family had eaten all the older egg-laying hens and that all they had now were young hens, which laid small eggs.

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    rick
    Comment on Pathway Bookstore in IN (October 26th, 2012 at 16:38)

    Pathway Bookstore in IN

    SHOM: Pathway’s store in LaGrange, Indiana is equal to what you described for the Ontario business.

    I stopped in a new-to-me rocker store in New Wilmington in August and was surprised that I received a nice, professional-looking brochure with color photos to take along for my consideration. His roadside sign was the usual handpainted variety though.

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      Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 27th, 2012 at 11:45)

      Rick I have a business card from a Swartzentruber furniture place that is handmade–cut out from paper and each card hand-penned in cursive. They had a catalog which consisted of a binder holding some photos of previous work, and basically home-produced whatever literature they had. The New Wilmington group isn’t quite so conservative.

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        Lattice
        Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 27th, 2012 at 12:40)

        I have received a similar business card. My favorite handmade signs are the ones with a misspelling or some sort of grammatical “faux pas.” It’s a reminder that the signs were written for “us,” without any desire to impress.

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    Darlene
    Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 26th, 2012 at 20:50)

    A hand-painted sign had me traveling down a loooooooooooong lane to but some flat root beer once. Somewhat disappointed in that product to say the least…

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    Darlene
    Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 26th, 2012 at 20:53)

    Sorry, I read that about 7 times and STILL had a typo…should be “buy” not “but”…

    “but” the root beer was really bad…:)

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      Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 27th, 2012 at 11:50)

      Darlene are you a fan of root beer to begin with? I rank it pretty low in my list of favorite drinks. Flat root beer sounds pretty bad though, even if I were a fan :)

      I once went to buy some baked goods at a Swartzentruber household. They were kept in a standard plastic heavy-duty cooler on the front porch. After I opened it and saw the ants crawling over some of the items I decided to pass. I guess the cooler wasn’t ant-tight :)

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        Darlene
        Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 28th, 2012 at 17:07)

        I do enjoy a good, cold frothy root beer every once in a while. Unfortunately, the two that I purchased were..um…none of the above.

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    Slightly-handled-Order-man
    Comment on My root beer aspiration (October 27th, 2012 at 15:49)

    My root beer aspiration

    I know the question was directed at Darlene, but, I really like root beer. One day before I croak I want to try an authentic old style root beer, not from a can or plastic bottle.

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    Tom in KY
    Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 27th, 2012 at 21:10)

    root beer is actually fairly easy to make and not that expensive to do so. But for me i like to try the occasional craft beer, lager or ale. But only in moderation of course.

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    Comment on It's a Sign! (October 30th, 2012 at 08:32)

    It's a Sign!

    Since starting AmishWorkshops.com, I have driven my wife and business partner, Laura, crazy as we drive through Amish country. I’ll see a sign that says “RUGS” or “EGG NOODLES” or “BIRD HOUSES” and will immediately pull off the road and into a driveway to investigate. We’ve found more than half of our suppliers this way. Sometimes the products aren’t what we’re looking for, but we always enjoy the opportunity to meet new folks and see what they have to offer. It’s just part of the reason we love our business.

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      Comment on The subtle language of Amish business signs (October 30th, 2012 at 15:47)

      Keith, if I were in your shoes I’d probably like that part a lot too. One nice thing is that a sign at the end of the drive is like an invitation of sorts. Business is the pretext but over time you make a lot of friends that way.

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