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Even the Amish Buy in Bulk

My family didn't believe me.  My Costco, in Lancaster, PA, has a horse and buggy parking section.

Oh, and Costco also sells fireworks!

I have to wonder what it is the Amish are buying at Costco.  It's not the low-priced electronics.  They're not getting their digital photos printed.  Sporting equipment?  DVDs?  My only guess is food, but do they have freezers?  I am so intrigued and interested by the various levels of Amishness and what they are allowed to do and what's forbidden.



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Jun. 10th, 2008 01:33 pm (UTC)
Maybe they're the ones buying all the rice!
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
I don't think there's a lot of rice in PA Dutch cooking. They mostly cook what they can grow themselves. Maybe paper goods? Flour? Sugar?
Jun. 10th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)
Love 'em. Great photos.

And guess what? I saw some Amish kids at Great Adventure last week. Slightly shocking - eh? Good for them!
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC)
That's so weird.
Jun. 10th, 2008 10:16 pm (UTC)
FWIW no buggies in the parking lot that I saw. No idea how they got there!
Jun. 10th, 2008 02:08 pm (UTC)
OMG that is SO cool to see!!! I was shocked & showed it to Brent, forgetting he knows a lot about the Amish because he attended a conference on the Amish school shooting & in that they gave a background on the Amish, their lives & their culture. So he knows they DO in fact use modern things in their businesses, everything we use-- computer, internet, phones, faxes, digi cams. They just provide to keep their HOME life simpler (sp?) So I would guess they're buying the usual stuff at Costco for the business and then bulk items such as toilet paper & food items for the home. But still, VERY cool pics! :) I love seeing things like that. Such a different world within our own world! :)
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Brent, for the tutorial! I didn't even know they WOH!
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
They own a lot of businesses for things they can make by hand: handcrafted, real-wood furniture; bakeries; fruit stands; Amish-approved farm equipment (steam engines, not electric or gas).

Jun. 10th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
Ah! And do only the men get to run the stands (or do the women sell stuff the women make, like pies)? Who shops - men, or women, or does it depend on whether they are buying "women's" stuff or "men's" stuff? (I just had a bad flash of an Amish man hoisting a Cotco-size box of tampons. Bad Suzanne.)
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:38 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure if they'd use tampons or if they use washable cloth. They're a very frugal/thrifty lot. They don't use a lot of anything that can't be reused. Most of the time, I see the women doing "women's work"- we've been to this awesome place in Intercourse that sells fabulous fruit and veggie preserves. You can see the women in the kitchen and there are big signs all over not to take their picture. (A very big Amish no-no!) I can't think of an Amish business I've frequented where I've been helped by men. I guess they manage more of the farm stuff.

In local stores I've seen Mennonite women with their children, shopping. They wear the prairie style dresses that the polygamist women from Texas wear, but they also wear a little white net bonnet thing to cover their hair, which is always up. The Mennonites are sort of like Lite Amish. The women drive cars and shop and use electronics/technology. I think they just dress oddly to show their "simplicity."
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:42 pm (UTC)
It's been so long since I lived in PA I couldn't remember the rules - I remember families in buggies for apparently recreation, but didn't remember if the women were allowed to shop or work outside the home w/o their husbnads.

But yeah, I n=knew "no photos" - and figured no tampons. :)
Jun. 10th, 2008 04:19 pm (UTC)
I love the parking sign!

So cool!!!
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC)
This is freaky-fascinating. What DO they buy? Most is processed, but maybe rice or flour? They wouldn't need milk.
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:21 pm (UTC)
ya know, that's not that strange to me. DE is amish country as well, and not only am i used to seeing horse and buggy rails outside some of the stores, but i've seen a horse and buggy in one of the parking spaces at the bob evans across the street from my house!
Jun. 10th, 2008 07:33 pm (UTC)
You know what just struck me about that? Just now. The horse and buggy parking is better than the handicapped parking!!!!
Jun. 11th, 2008 12:54 pm (UTC)
Every single store, gas station, convience store around here sells fireworks. They are everywhere you turn.

However, we have no horse and buggy parking section... that is priceless. I would have thought it was a joke had I not seen the actual horse and buggy parked there!!!
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