In two of my previous books, I detailed some recommended resources that pertain to the Plain life and I thought you might enjoy perusing the list. So, without further ado, in alphabetical order, here goes:
(Note: I've taken this list from my book titled What the Amish Can Teach Us About the Simple Life)
875 N. Pacific Hwy.
Woodburn, OR 97071
This bookstore has an excellent website that carries many resources from Amish and conservative Mennonite publishers--many of whom do not have a web presence. There are books on family and marriage, victorious living, youth and adult fiction, Bibles and study aids, and the complete education curriculum from Rod and Staff and Christian Light publishers. There are also a cappella music tapes and CDs for sale featuring Mennonite quartets, quintets, and choirs.
PO Box 249
Sugarcreek, OH 44681
Known as the "Amish newspaper," The Budget has been around since 1890. The national edition, published weekly, is filled with letters sent in by Amish and Mennonite "scribes" who relay the news of interest from their communities. Because telephones aren't part of everyday life for many Amish families, The Budget is a handy way to keep abreast of events in surrounding and sometimes far-flung communities where they often have extended family. Even if you're not Amish or Mennonite, The Budget is good reading.
Chupp's Herbs & Fabrics
27539 Londick Road
Burr Oak, MI 49030
Chupp's sells dietary supplements, shoes, fabrics, Mutza suits (Amishmen's suits), hats, gloves, toys and games, wagons, hand-powered small kitchen appliances, and more. You can call or write for a free catalog. More than 100 pages are jam-packed with products and testimonials, many from satisfied Amish customers. Makes for interesting reading.
PO Box 1110
105 S. Main Street
Middlebury, IN 46540
Gohn Brothers has been around for more than 100 years. It sells Amish and Plain clothing and footwear (including old-fashioned, high-topped shoes), books and games, sewing and quilting fabric, sewing accessories, and black Amish bonnets. You can call or write to ask for their free catalog.
One Lehman Circle
PO Box 270
Kidron, OH 44636
Lehman's supplies the Amish and others with a wide variety of items for people who live without electricity or prefer a self-sufficient lifestyle. You can ask for a catalog to be sent to your home for a small fee (it's worth the price) or you can go online to browse and shop. Lehman's has about everything you could wish for--lanterns (including a large selection of Aladdin lamps and replacement parts), nonelectric kitchen appliances and gadgets, canning utensils, barn and farm supplies, wood-burning cookstoves, propane refrigerators, washday supplies, treadle sewing machines, furniture, toys, and garden implements. If you can think of it, they probably have it or have access to a supplier.
Websites for Plain Dress and Coverings
http://www.anabaptistbooks.com/services/sewing (made-to-order dresses)
www.gehmanscountryfabrics.com (fabric and modest clothing)
www.katiesmercantile.com (ready-made, modest clothing)
www.mennonitemaiden.com (clothing patterns and coverings)
www.modestpatterns.com (great clothing patterns)
www.plainlydressed.com (men's and women's plain clothing, coverings, and more)
www.quakerjane.com (great website for all things plain)
Even if you don't plan on going Plain anytime soon, there are still lots of items that you'll be interested in. Poke around and enjoy!
Blessings to you and your loved ones,