UPDATE: Thank you to everyone who participated! This giveaway is now over. The winner is Bonnie Roof. Congratulations, Bonnie!
A few months ago, I mentioned Rachel’s Country Store in a blog post discussing what makes Amish businesses so successful.
Rachel has shared a bit of her story below, and she’s also giving readers a chance to win a Faceless Amish Doll!
Hello! My name is Rachel. I’m Old Order Amish, and I own and operate Rachel’s Country Store. I grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Even as a child I daydreamed about having some kind of business. Many years later, after becoming an adult, some of my dreams came true.
I started out with a bake and craft shop in my home. Later I also served Amish-cooked meals in my home for small groups. I love cooking, but being single, most days I don’t take time to cook a meal just for me. That was one way to still do it and have somebody enjoy eating it!
One of my younger sisters married and moved to southern Franklin County, which is in central Pennsylvania. Later my youngest sister moved out there too. After they moved, they convinced my parents and me to relocate into the same area. There I opened up a dry-goods store.
I started out with fabrics and some general housewares for the Amish and Mennonite people in the community. I also had Christian romance novels as well as toys and books for children. I began carrying items that some of my English customers wanted, starting with a few rubber stamps and some scrapbooking supplies. I soon expanded the line of rubber stamps and accessories for card making and scrapbooking. My dad was a furniture maker, but a few years after our move, he discovered that the physical labor of making furniture was too much for him. About that same time I needed more space for my dry goods store, so we renovated the building and moved my store into his former shop. By this time I had increased my lines. I now have quite a variety of unique gifts, toys, scrapbooking and card-making supplies, and of course Amish novels written by a number of authors, including Cindy Woodsmall, who is one of my favorites.
Because Rachel is Old Order Amish, you might not think of her having a website, but she does! It is run by non-Amish friends of hers, and the website allows Rachel to sell some of the items in her store to people online. Here is the link:
If you are within driving distance to the store, you might consider visiting during her red tag sale, going on right now and lasting until September 30!
Today’s giveaway is for a faceless Amish cloth doll, provided by Rachel’s Country Store. To enter, simply comment on this post. The winner will get one doll of their choice, either a girl doll or a boy doll. Here is an example of the dolls, the actual doll in this contest might differ slightly.
If you are reading this anywhere other than my website, such as on Facebook, in an email, or on Goodreads, please hop on over to my website by clicking here: http://www.cindywoodsmall.com/2013/08/27/rachelscountrystore/ and leaving a comment at the bottom of my post to enter the giveaway.
Only comments left on my website will be entered into the giveaway.
The deadline for this contest is Tuesday, September 3, at noon. The winner will be chosen using Random.org and will be contacted privately, as well as announced on next week’s post.
As always, please remember that all of my giveaways are limited to US residents only. Please visit my giveaway rules and FAQ page for a complete explanation of the terms and conditions of this giveaway.