By Kevin Williams
Wow, there are some interesting "conversation pieces" this week in "Amish Etsy!"
AMISH COUNTRY: This looks like a real gem that anyone with $6 can snag. This is an Amish Country photo/tourism book from the early 1970s. Things from this era, in my mind, are extra appealing because they are more authentic. This book will likely give you a much more authentic window into Amish life than something done today. So many books, products, etc today that are Amish-related are so heavily"produced/staged" that it's tough to cut through to the authentic heart of their lifestyle. This book likely does. Click here to take a look!
AMISH QUILT? Holy cow, at $1200 this is an expensive quilt! Now, if it were me, and I were buying this I'd want a bit more of an assurance of authenticity than what the website offers. Simply saying "Ida made it" wouldn't be good enoguh for me. I think I'd want to go meet Ida! This is NOT to say that this is not an authentic Amish-made quilt. In fact, it probably is (a lot of the bright, vivid "Amish quilts" that you see in tourist areas are made for tourists tastes more than Amish). Actual handmade Amish quilts that I've seen before in Amish homes much more closely resemble this than something found at a tourist stop. So if you have $1200 and want to investigate the authenticity more, go for it! Click here to see more.
VINTAGE COOKBOOK: For $4 this little gem, I am sure, offers some wonderful recipes and insights into PA Dutch and Amish cooking as it was in the late 60s and early 70s. Click here to read more!
MISS DONNA'S HOMEMADE AMISH FRIENDSHIP BREAD: One of these days I'll get the courage up to order some food from Etsy. But if you have never tried Amish Friendship Bread before (This does not appear to be made by an Amish cook, just an Amish recipe,actually finding Amish people who make Amish Friendship Bread is rare, but that is another story) and would like to, this might be a good option. Half a loaf, only $4.99. Click here to see and read more.
MENNONITE SKETCH: Holy cow, $3888.99 for this sketch of a Mennonite woman. This sketch is by Peter Etril Snyder. Never heard of him. Maybe a lot of you have, but since I haven't that price seems.....steep. But I'm not an art expert by any stretch and I know that good works deserve to be compensated well....but, sheesh, $3888.99 for this sketch....I am in the wrong business. I'm sorry, don't mean to be disrespectful. I am sure Peter Etril Synder is a fine, fine artist. Not disparaging the work....I guess the thought of paying $3888.99 for anything is so out of he realm of reality for me that it just seems....steep. Click here to read more.
I agree with everything you commented on Kevin!! 😉