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    Hi, all.

    I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way to potentially purchase Amish-built furniture "direct" instead of through a retail store. I would love to be able to find something of their quality, but at a price that is actually affordable. I just priced out a bedroom set and the price (retail) was way over $11,000 and that doesn't include any upcharges for cherry wood or specific hardware.

    There are a lot of places that advertise as selling Amish-built furniture, but I've read that -many- of those places are not actually selling stuff that comes direct from the Amish.
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    I think its easier now, a lot of Amish have an arms length web presence working with those worldly Mennonites!

    We bought an Amish built entertainment center from these folks a few years ago. I am happy with the quality and the way they worked with us to built what i drew up for them. The dimensions were custom to fit into a wall space area and for the TV size. We also had picked the side shelving design and doors. They talked me out of cherry to a cherry finish on poplar. I'm not sorry, it looks fine and matches the other cherry furniture in the adjacent room. I can get some close up pics if you want when i get back.

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    Problem is they don’t have websites.

    Best way is to go find one. I have a Mennonite casket maker down the street and up home in Northern, PA we had a couple of Amish operations that did new furniture and one that refurbished but you had to go see them to get work done.

    Thier is an Amish store not far from sisters they have great spices and things I have not found anywhere else. They take credit cards but use the old impression machine. And they have a big old general store register with the pull handle on the side. They have an ice house and fresh pork two days a week and beef 1 Day a week. It,s awesome.
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    We've bought a bunch of stuff from these guys, some things they make themselves like the slab/live edge tables, and some stuff like chairs and drawers they get from large shops in Ohio. May not be as "direct" as you want, but they do make custom stuff, we had a bench and live edge table made to our specs, but also bought "off the floor" stuff too like our bedroom set ad a file cabinet for my office.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meburdick View Post
    Hi, all.

    I'm wondering if anyone knows of a way to potentially purchase Amish-built furniture "direct" instead of through a retail store. I would love to be able to find something of their quality, but at a price that is actually affordable. I just priced out a bedroom set and the price (retail) was way over $11,000 and that doesn't include any upcharges for cherry wood or specific hardware.

    There are a lot of places that advertise as selling Amish-built furniture, but I've read that -many- of those places are not actually selling stuff that comes direct from the Amish.
    If it were me, I'd go for an air mattress and a sleeping bag.
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    There is a store in Russell Ma on rte 20 about 10 mi west of Westfield, I would go there and see what they got. I got a few things from them, all dealing, for both furniture and sheds/ small barn, have been top notch. Highly recommended.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRobinson View Post
    If it were me, I'd go for an air mattress and a sleeping bag.
    I've had the same bedroom set since 1976, and I bought it used!
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    Not sure if you have any Amish or Mennonite in your area but if you do and know one go talk to them. If one doesn’t build furniture they most likely know someone that does.

    We had ours built by a local Mennonite man. Two dressers, two nightstands, a bed, and mirror all out of solid oak with ball bearing drawer slides. I don’t think we have 3000 in everything.




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    If you have the time, it might be worth a couple day trip to visit the Amish communities nearest to you directly. Some are set up to be more "tourist" friendly where others are more just Amish businesses serving Amish communities and customers. It sounds like you would benefit from dealing as direct as possible.

    I enjoy going into the actual general stores where the local Amish shop as they have all sorts of items which you don't see any more in most retailers. Plus, the quality of the items is usually much better as the Amish themselves are the consumers for the items. If your better half is into sewing, quilting or crafts, she will likely be as happy as can be.

    We have many Amish communities in the Elkhart, Indiana area and Southern Central Michigan. You can perform Google searches to help direct you to the areas where there are Amish and Mennonite communities to help direct you.

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    There are also Amish communities in Ontario Canada. Mrs. Bear collects Amish Quilts and I stopped at a rural farm house when I was on a Motorcycle trip and purchased several quilts and they shipped them home for me. When I pulled up to the house on a rural dirt road on my Harley, a young woman jumped on the bareback draft horse and rode it out of the field up to house to help me with the quilt selections.

    Take lots of cash if you do this as cash talks and some of the best deals I have found are with small individuals who have a sign at the end of their driveway and they are making the items on site themselves. We have bought furniture this way as well as had some custom made. You might have to communicate with them by mail on custom projects but the end result is worth it. In every case, I have gotten what was promised, when promised at the cost agreed to. I had to arrange shipping but that's not a big deal....................

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    Quote Originally Posted by jimmylh View Post
    I've had the same bedroom set since 1976, and I bought it used!
    It's not red white and blue, is it?

    One thing about buying quality furniture, whether its new or used, it lasts and lasts.

    My wife showed me a flyer which was in the local paper the other day. A store was advertising 11 pieces of furniture for only $499 or $25 per month for 2 years...........(24 x $25 = $600). Just imagine the quality for $40 per item of furniture......

    I guarantee you the people that purchase that furniture won't be saying in 2062, "I bought that in 2019 and I have had it ever since". 11 pieces of furniture for $499 likely won't make it the 24 months they give people to pay for it at the steep interest rates.... But I am sure they have people buy it................
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