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Dreaming of a Vintage, Homespun, Handcrafted Christmas

Amish Country Peddler and Homespun Treasures

By Emily Roebuck • Amish Heartland Contributor Published: December 1, 2014 12:00 PM
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This time of year homeowners are brainstorming the look they want to achieve for the holidays. Whether setting the perfect place at the table for Christmas dinner, creating a winter tableau, or searching for a unique gift, Amish Country Peddler and Homespun Treasures provides the selection and creativity that will inspire you and bring your ideas to life.

Family owned since 1993, brothers Tim and Dave Schlabach work together as the team behind Amish Country Peddler & Homespun Treasures in Walnut Creek.

"We recognize customers who travel back each year to find products they love," said owner, Tim Schlabach. "Amish Country Peddler and Homespun Treasures operated as separate stores for many years, and then at the beginning of 2013 they were combined into one. Our business has evolved and changed over the years as we've expanded, adding the new women's boutique bfearless to our family of stores."

Amish Country Peddler has eight regular employees working at different times. Tim's niece loves exploring the store shelves looking for owls, fairies and snowmen. There is a very warm, welcoming, family atmosphere in place for customers to enjoy. Tim's dad JR often stops by and the family works together each morning to keep each other informed, making sure the business is running smoothly.

"E-commerce has been a steady part of our growth as well," added Schlabach. "Our website, homespunwalnutcreek.com, is where we take orders and then ship items to friends and customers from all over the country. Often people are looking for a certain item and we work to find it for them, making sure it finds its way to their doorstep."

In addition to fairy garden items and outdoor statuary pieces, Amish Country Peddler and Homespun Treasures also feature wall art, pottery and primitive textiles including bedding, window treatments and tablewares. There is a specific line of American Made textiles which are woven on antique looms in Pennsylvania. Buyers for the store are always looking for new items and things that you wouldn't find anywhere else.

Candles, rugs and pine garlands are being snatched up to accent decorations around the house just in time for Christmas. Many customers that come through the store each day are from outside the area - places like West Virginia and Pennsylvania. The Buttered Maple Syrup candle made by Crossroads is one of the most loved scents for sale and is often the first thing guests encounter when they begin their shopping experience.

Primitive furniture is one of Amish Country Peddler and Homespun Treasures' best kept secrets. There are hall cabinets, storage units and a punched tin side table among the elements available for sale both in the store and on the website.

Items offered are either found by going out to different wholesale shows, or by discovering unique vendors and artisans in the area who are looking for an outlet where they can bring their products.

"Sometimes they come to us, and sometimes we seek them out," said Schlabach. "Our decorator Tammy does an awesome job of finding things and creating ways to incorporate them into our displays."

The egg basket chandelier on display is a great example of how primitive design can take something old and traditional and use it to bring new life to a piece, a theme which is clear throughout the store. Amish Country Peddler and Homespun Treasures is a place where the old world charm of our country's past is brought into home décor in new and innovative ways.

The store's biggest event each year is the Annual Open House, which takes place in November. The store is always full of the sights and delicious smells of Christmas. There will be new items throughout the season. Their Facebook page, listed under Amish Country Peddler, is one of the main ways that the store keeps its fans informed of what is happening each month. In late January the store will hold its annual food drive sale with all canned goods and non-perishable food items going to Love Center Food Pantry in Millersburg.

"Many of our customers are surprised by the selection and the quality that we have, and by the size of the store," added Schlabach. "When someone leaves I want them to have a good experience to take with them, whether they end up purchasing anything or not. Even if it means putting something else aside, I always want to make sure we are taking care of the customer."

A unique and primitive shopping experience is waiting to take you back and to stimulate your creativity in bringing out the character of your home at Amish Country Peddler and Homespun Treasures. The store is located 3239 St. Route 39 in Walnut Creek, Ohio. Regular store hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information or to place an order or inquiry, visit www.homespunwalnutcreek.com or call 330-893-2701.


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