Don’t Open It!

 Posted by at 1:37 am  Nick's Blog
May 292014

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The huge Shipshewana Flea Market is a major tourist draw and when the market is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, they actually bring in busloads of shoppers from as far away as Toledo and Grand Rapids. We’ve spent part of almost every summer here at Elkhart Campground since we’ve been on the road and I think I can count on one hand how many times we’ve been there.

Flea Market 2

You would think that it would be full of locally grown fresh produce and quaint Amish crafts, and there is a little bit of that, but for the most part there are endless rows of vendor booths selling the same cheap Made in China junk we’ve seen at every flea market we’ve been to from Florida to Arizona.

Flea Market 4

Looking for backpacks and handbags, T-shirts and sweatshirts, small throwaway tools or retro metal signs? They’ve got more than you can carry.

Flea Market 5

Flea Market 6

Or how about fake flowers? Got You covered.

Flea Market flowers

The same vendor that was selling bamboo pillows at Escapade a couple of weeks ago at “special rally closeout prices” of $65 for a pair was selling them at the flea market for $30 each. Such a deal!

It wasn’t all bad. We bought some delicious asiago cheese bread, and Greg wandered off by himself for a while (usually never a good idea) and came back to get me to go with him (again, usually never a good idea) because he had found a booth selling all kinds of kites. We spent some time visiting with Joel and Patricia Majot, who sell kites at the flea market two days a week and also have a shop called Windsongs in Michigan City, about an hour west of Elkhart. I hope to get over to their place while we’re in the area.

After a stop at E&S Bulk Foods, where Terry stocked up on cheese and some other goodies, we started back home. It’s always interesting to visit the Amish towns east of Elkhart. There are always lots of horse-drawn buggies everywhere.

Amish buggy 2

You can tell the Amish farms because they are always neat as a pin and don’t have any electrical wires going to them, nor any satellite TV dishes.

Amish farm

But they’re not exactly primitive by any stretch. Note the trampoline in front of the propane tank. And do you know what this small building is? If you think it’s a privy, you’re wrong. It’s a phone booth.

Amish phone booth

That’s right, some Amish have telephones to be used for business purposes. But their religion does not allow them in the house, so they are in a small nonheated or cooled booth, with no chair or bench because they don’t want to be so comfortable they might spend the day chatting on the phone. If they have something to sell, an ad in the local paper or on a bulletin board will say to call their number within a one or two hour window every morning. If you call after that you’ll miss them and have to call back tomorrow.

After a stop at Mancinos for pizza, we got home about 7 p.m., but Terry wasn’t done yet. She hauled several baskets of laundry to the campground laundromat and spent the rest of the evening making sure we have clean clothes for the next week. She just never stops!

In less that 24 hours, this week’s Free Drawing already had over 115 entries, and for good reason. This week’s prize is an autographed copy of So, You Want to be a Full-Time RVer? by John and Kathy Huggins of Living the RV Dream podcast fame. Whether you’re a wannabe, a newbie or a fulltimer with years of RV travel under your belt, you’ll learn something from this excellent book. All you have to do is click on the Free Drawing link and enter your name in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.


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  2 Responses to “Don’t Open It!”

  1. I admittedly do not know about the specific branch of the Amish in the picture. But you do know that most Amish prefer not to be photographed?

    I can make out the drivers face.

  2. Me and my wife can not wait to start our new life on the road we have our house up for sale now and looking to get a fifth wheel. I have 3 more years to work but want yo be debt free when we get on the road. My aunt lives about 20 miles from Elkart I am from that area but live in fl cant wait to leave this place too many old people here lol. I look forward to meeting you and people like you on the road

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