We all know the benefits of supporting our local businesses. The money from purchases stays in our community to grow the local economy and create jobs. In Lancaster County, one of the best ways to buy local is to shop the many handmade furniture stores that are scattered throughout the area. Before going online or to a box store to buy a new dining room suite, explore the value of the locally handcrafted furniture.
The Amish lifestyle is reflected in much of the local furniture by its simplicity and durability. While there are many variations in design, most of the furniture is mission or shaker style. Solid wood construction and five piece dovetail drawers ensure that each piece will hold up for generations to come. The solid wood design means you will have none of the toxic chemicals found in the particle boards used in cheaper construction. The low overhead needed to run the many small shops means the value is competitive than the bigger furniture chains!
Some of the most unique stores build furniture right on the premises. Country Tyme Primitives creates “tomorrow’s antiques at their farmstead showroom in Ronks, PA. This Street View Trusted Tour takes you behind the scenes. Right down the road in Ronks, you’ll find Kauffman Handcrafted clocks. Each grandfather clock is handmade and numbered to ensure the highest quality. The Shaker Shoppe in Lititz, PA also builds its Shaker reproductions on its premises. The Shaker Shop has a robust online store, but “us locals” would rather shop their beautiful showroom in the serene foothills of Lititz.
One of the largest Furniture stores in Lancaster County is Country Home Furniture. If you can’t find what you want at their beautiful East Earl showroom, you can have your design custom made right down to the color and choice of wood. And it’s conveniently located across the road from Shady Maple Smorgasbord. If you live on the southern end of the county, Kings Home Furnishings in Quarryville, PA is just around the corner. King’s beautiful showroom also features wonderful array of local home goods and accents. If you’re looking for a wide variety of local craftsman to choose from, look no further than the rustic shop at Carriage House Furnishings located in Intercourse, PA. That’s just a few of the many local handmade furniture stores to choose from.
Thinking local isn’t just good for the economy, it makes you feel good. Exploring the unique shops and stores, talking to the owners and artisans is fun and educational. Who knows, you may just find YOUR next family heirloom!