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Sunday, November 21, 2010

Where Do You Shop?

Say what you will, shopping is a sport. 

It takes time. 

It takes practice.

Not everyone is good at it.  

Lucky for you, I am and I have some great resources to share with you.  These are just a few of my favorite local places to shop for my preparedness needs. 

Leeners.    Ever wanted to learn to make cheese?  They've got the stuff.  Want to homebrew beer?  They've got that too.  Plus all you need for processing game, canning, bread baking, yogurt culturing and candy making.  The best part: excellent customer service.  Based out of northeastern Ohio

Yutzy's Farm Market.  Yutzy's is a family-run market in the heart of central Ohio's Mennonite community.  They have an incredible selection of cheeses, organic meats and bulk dry goods.  The best prices I've ever found on spices...hands down! 

Lehman's.  OMG.  Honestly, that's about all I can say about Lehman's.  OMG.   Looking for a wood-fired cookstove, a candle lantern, old-fashioned wooden tools or a composting toilet?  Check Lehman's.  Oh, and spend the $5 for the catalog....it will provide days upon days of entertainment. 

Gander Mountain.  Admittedly, this is not one of my favorite stores, but the males in my life think it's the greatest place EVER.  Lots of hunting stuff.  Lots of outdoorsy-rugged-manly stuff.  And a pretty good selection of useful things like cast iron cookware, dehydrators, game processing equipment, etc.

I think it's so important in this economy and in these troubled times to locate and support local businesses like the one's I mentioned.  Not only are you supporting local families, you're also hedging your bet against hard times by developing a knowledge of businesses close to you.  It may come a day that interstate commerce is a thing of the past and knowing where to find goods close-by will be a very important skill.

Where do you shop?   
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Erin said...

I am currently boycotting Walmart, so I absolutely do not shop there. Other than that, I'm trying to buy locally grown/made products from locally owned stores, but obviously this has to be a guideline rather than an actual rule.

Andrea said...

Good for you, Erin! I love shopping small businesses. This weekend, we lost our village grocery store to the Walmart chain in the county seat. I am really going to miss seeing the lady behind the counter and going to the little ice cream stand during the summer.

Gen-IL Homesteader said...

Oh, we LOVE lehman's! You're right, their catalog is SOOOO much fun! And I just received a Leener's catalog mysteriously in the mail a few weeks ago. I'd never heard of it before! They do have great stuff! Near us, we have Gander Mountain, but even more fun is Bass Pro Shops! Great hunting/fishing/outdoors shop!

Erin said...

Andrea, that's really sad to hear. That's exactly the kind of thing this boycott is protesting against - loss of American jobs, independence and creativity for garbage mass-produced overseas.

Ed the Pilgrim said...

Get to know your local hardware store people too. They can normally get you anything you need, and if they can`t they know someone who will. They`ll always stock quality items ans can get you bulk if you want. Many will still even deliver once you get to be a "regular"

Andrea said...

Good pointer, Ed! When my husband and I were first married, he was a regular at the one-room hardware store in the neighboring village. The owner sold us power tools at cost and even did a layaway program for us. I guarantee Lowe's isn't going to do that!

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