Finding Authentic Amish Shopping – Inside & Out

Two shops in Amish Country embody the spirit of country living like none other.  For the indoor aficionado, visiting the Country Housewares Store on Musser School Road is a dream come true.  The selection of fine china, glassware, and household items is impressive, but it is truly remarkable because of the merchandise found so unique by visitors, yet “every-day” for the Amish.  The shaving cabinets for men that one would find in almost every Amish home, an endless variety of Amish engagement, anniversary, or wedding gifts, and plenty of old-fashioned wooden toys would only be the tip of the iceberg.  See their ad on page 12 for more information.  

For the outdoor weekend warrior, there is only one destination – the Leacock Coleman Center on 3029 Old Philadelphia Pike, Bird in Hand, PA 17505.  This store’s goal is to get visitors suited up for all their outdoor pursuits, whether it be camping, tailgating, or simply relaxing on the patio.  While the store specializes in Coleman products, they also have a gigantic selection of traditional oil and kerosene lamps perfect for lighting an Amish home – or a visitor’s campsite!  

— Clinton Martin