By Kevin Williams
Have an interesting mix of things to talk about in this installment of "Amish Etsy." This is my occasional look into Amish or Plain items of interest on Etsy, one of the largest online homemade craft bazaars (and, no, I am not connected to any of the items I feature...I just think it's fun to explore Etsy and see what we find). First item:
AMISH RAG RUGS: The whole pitfall of a site like Etsy is that you have to take a real leap of faith. This is (I don't usually swoon over rugs) a gorgeous "rag rug." Is it really Amish made? Probably. I mean, why would someone make that up? But do you know it is? No....not really. The seller says that the rugs are made by an Amish woman named "Mrs. B" who lives in a big white farmhouse "just outside Columbus, Ohio." Well, that then gets into tricky semantics...there are plenty of Amish within and hour to 90 minutes of Columbus, does that qualify as "just outside."? I don't know. Click here, though, to read more.
AMISH-THEMED CHILDREN'S BOOKS: Reuben and the Blizzard and Reuben and the Fire...I had never heard of these books, check them out here...
AMISH-THEMED FOLK ART: I love pieces like this for their folk art value and someday I'd love to have an office with a whole collection of such pieces, they just really reflection the evolution of Pennsylvania Dutch culture in the Keystone State. Pennsbury Pottery was based in Morrisville, PA and churned out cultural pottery pieces from the 1950s through the 1970s, this was one such piece.
AMISH LETTER: This piece would seem to be authentic and, wow, this would be so, so, so, so fascinating to read as someone who loves Amish history. With a new baby set to arrive and the raft of accompanying expenses, I don't think spending $25 bucks on it would be very wise, but if you want to, click here.
AMISH OATMEAL PIE? Okay....I don't get it (maybe someone can explain it to me...and I'm not being bitter, I just truly don't understand)...A few weeks ago I tried posting some paid content on Amish365...$1.00 for a 1500 word article with photos and 8 recipes. Very few people were willing to do it. Then I stumble across this seller on Etsy who is offering instantly downloadable recipes for $1.59. For a single recipe. That's it. Now, in fairness, I don't know that she sells many. But she says it's back by popular demand and she has a whole catalog of recipes that are downloadable for $1.59 a piece. So, why are people apparently willing to shell out $1.59 for a single recipe and not $1 for a magazine-length article, photo, and recipes? Is it because hers is in a "shop" and mine was just on my site? Okay, rant over with.....