My brother-in-law recently came across two Amish hardware stores while crisscrossing the surrounding counties for work. The Amish in this area do not advertise, so you have to know where to find them. …and oh we found them.
We started off the morning with donuts at a locally owned bakery. The gal working this morning didn’t blink an eye when I asked if our treats could be placed in my tin to avoid the trash. Of course I am sure trash is produced in the making of these donuts but at least I avoided the additional trash of purchasing them wrapped in a bag or plastic container. For those who still think I am depriving myself by striving to live minimally and trash free, think again.
All sugared up, we jumped into the van and headed down roads I have never been on. We pulled up to an Amish farm and drove around back to the hardware store. I have to admit, my brother-in-law knows me fairly well. The store had everything. Some things were packaged in plastic but others were sold individually or in bulk. The original purpose of the trip was to price a new heating unit for the tiny house. It is hard to think wood burning stove when we are experiencing the hottest day of the year, but I know that time will come fast and I want to make sure I am ready.
…actually I just want the excuse to purchase a mini orange chainsaw…heating the home is just my excuse 😉.
Like wise customers we had to make sure we shopped around to get exactly what we need and want. The second Amish store was like the first in terms of just one little sign by the end of a road not often traveled. We got to look at different brands and figure out which one comes in a super mini size. After talking with the gentlemen, I think I have narrowed it down to the one I will eventually buy.
Before I left, I purchased a handful of batteries for my portable fans. Would you believe it was cheaper to buy the batteries individually rather then wrapped in non recyclable plastic? Obviously, I hope to eliminate my need for batteries eventually due to the waste factor associated with recycling them. But for today, I was pretty pumped about not having the packaging to put in my trash jar.
Geewiz… I felt so spoiled today. I love mini adventures!