Where to buy Amish furniture?

zazutooJanuary 26, 2011

I was shopping at my local furniture store and found a lovely chest of drawers and night table made by Amish woodworkers in Ohio. The salesman gave me a quote of around $2400 w/ the benefit of a current sale. I want to see if I can do better price wise, or whether the convenience of my hometown furniture store is worth some extra $$.

Has anyone bought directly from the furniture maker?

Thanks for the help,

Suzanne

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beaniebakes

I live in a rural community in upstate NY with a large Amish population, many of whom moved here from Ashland, Ohio. Several Amish men make furniture and I've purchased a rocking chair (Amish style -- bent hickory and oak), foot rest, and a few other items. A few of the furniture makers will make any style of furniture. I've been in a number of workshops and have seen all different types of furniture being made from photographs that customers bring in.

If you live near an Amish community, just drive around looking for their road signs--always white with black lettering advertising their wares, from furniture to harness making, lumber, baked goods, quilts, etc. If you stop to buy baked goods (always a good idea, lol), ask if they know a furniture maker. Trust me, if anyone in their community makes furniture, they will know about it. By the way, the road signs usually say "No Sunday Sales" and the signs should be respected. Don't drive around on a Sunday expecting to talk business.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   January 29, 2011 at 11:24AM
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