Yesterday, the Country Boy and I did something completely un-country. We went out shopping along with the other crazies. We found some good deals and walked away from others that, while good, weren’t on our list or in our budget. We got most of our Christmas shopping done in one night/day.
And while the regular stores were great with their door busters, the real surprise came late in the day when we were just looking to get replacement insulated boots for the Country Boy. The big box sports store had them – with $25 off! – but they still seemed expensive. The smaller farm supply store had other versions of them, but not as insulated as we wanted.
So we went to a store that was decidedly not on most folks shopping route – the Cross Cut Country Store found on an Amish farm.
There’s another Amish store back in PA that Curtis likes to patronize. It’s run by a bunch of Amish men – all very nice. They have the basic shoes and tack stuff that you’d need on a farm.
Cross Cut was a step above that store. It’s staffed by a group of Amish women. Turns out those Amish ladies knew more about boots and had a better selection than any of the other stores, even the major sports chains.
You might expect that – they need to keep their families feet warm in pretty cold conditions.
At $50 cheaper. (You might not have expected that.)
In addition to the boots, they had all of the other stuff you’d need to keep warm: gloves, socks, hats – at the best prices I saw all day.
They sold housewares at their store as well – “buggy clocks” (small battery operated clocks) and gas lamps might not be what you have on your Christmas list, but lots of cute candle holders and bird feeder might. They had a toy section, too, that would make my city girls happy.
I don’t think that they had a line of buggies out front at midnight or the need for extra security to keep shoppers in control. Still, I’m adding the Amish store onto my list as a favorite place to go.
When I start going there for my dresses, please intervene.