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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.



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. :)