Inside An Amish Furniture & Toy Store (Video)

In the video below, Kevin Williams of the Amish Cook column gives us a tour of the Tinker Toy Shop, a small home business owned by an Amishman named Jonathan Troyer in Hardin County, Ohio.

Kevin walks around the shop inspecting a variety of wooden handicraft, including a clothes dryer, cedar hamper, toy train, red oak cabinet, wooden heart box, and a bird marble game I would have loved as a little kid.


It’s a good example of a nice little home business tucked away in a building on an Amish farm. You’ll find hundreds of similar shops in Amish communities across North America.

When I visit Amish settlements one of my favorite things to do is to drop in to stores just like this one and see what surprises and treasures they might contain.

Not only do they sell wooden products, but as you’ll see at the end of the video, a little something to eat as well.

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    11 Comments

    1. Tammy Vaughn

      Amish Furniture

      They make excellent quality products. I was trying to see the price of the heart shaped box. Loved the birds!

    2. Address?

      I live not far from Hardin County and would love to visit the shop sometime, but neither the video nor the article gives the address. I also tried Google Maps with no luck.

      1. I couldn’t find the address online either. It’s probably not that hard to find if you’re in the area and don’t mind asking.

        Check at another Amish-owned business about the Tinker Toy Shop, this is a father-and-son run operation according to Kevin, and reading another of his posts it sounds like he’s not 100% sure about the name but sure enough I suppose 🙂 It’s the area of Kenton and Mt. Victory, the community is 8 churches so not enormous and shouldn’t be too hard to find if you ask in a place or two.

    3. Jerry

      Amish crafting

      Enjoyed the clip. Since I’m an Amish auction junkie, I often see them donate objects they make to the benefits. Around here that clothes drying rack will sell for about $80.00 at auction and $60.00 in their shops. I almost always like the quality and beauty of the solid wood furniture but almost always don’t care for the hardware (handles) they put on drawers and doors. An easy fix.

      Kevin was lucky to find someone selling can goods. That’s no too common here. PA is a bit tough on selling home made food retail requiring detailed labeling. They make vegetable soup in season that’s canned and eaten all winter. And the Amish here might value the jar more than the contents.

      Thanks for sharing Mr. Kevin.

    4. Debbie H

      Handmade

      I could smell the cedar in that chest just watching the video. My sister has one of those drying racks. We hang quits on it for display when doing art and craft fairs.

    5. Kiki

      Video of little store

      Love all the woodworking skills! I’m just starting in woodworking and can only hope to achieve the level I’m seeing here. I only use hand tools and have a very long way to go!

      Thanks for sharing this!

      k

    6. M.H.G.

      Amish Furniture

      Great furniture! Great items..
      I have already made a wish list…

      (I also already own a red cedar rocker)I just love it!

    7. Alice Mary

      I had the same reaction as Debbie—ahhh! Smell that wonderful wood! I’d love to shop here–I know I’d walk out with bags of items and have to send for a truck to get the dresser and chest of drawers home.

      Wonderful!

      Alice Mary

    8. Barbara Prisinzano

      Can I get a Web site for AMISH FURNITURES ?? I would like to order if you have a site ??

      1. Dutchcrafters Furniture

        Barbara below is an affiliate link to one of our site sponsors, Dutchcrafters, which sells Amish and Mennonite-made furniture.

        You can always check around for other sources (there are quite a few on the web) but they are one of the larger dealers, and have a pretty extensive, customizable selection:

        http://www.dutchcrafters.com/?utm_source=AmishFurniture&utm_medium=logo&utm_campaign=AmishAmerica

    9. Can you make toy red barn ?
      Thanks