After a trip to Shipshewana, a town about 40 miles east of South Bend, Indiana, your car might be loaded with some new heirloom-quality bedroom or living room furniture. LaGrange County has one of the largest Amish communities in the country and partners with neighboring counties to promote the area’s many Amish and English shopping options. In Shipshewana and the nearby cities and towns like Middlebury and Nappanee, you’ll find at least a dozen furniture makers and retailers with their own storefronts known for quality and craftsmanship.
For instance, Brandenberry Furniture specializes in one-of-a-kind pieces made from sustainably harvested wood. From porch swings to nesting tables, cabinets to writing desks, these pieces are meant to last a lifetime. For a bit of nature indoors, check out Dutchman Log Furniture, which creates rustic, one-of-a-kind pieces from aspen, cedar, and pine logs. If you’re not in the market for furniture, you can always check out the Shipshewana Auction & Flea Market. This seasonal market (open May through September) features more than 700 vendors selling food, crafts, fabric, plants, gardening tools, art, handmade goods, and more. Before you leave town, don’t forget to take a spin on the 100-year-old carousel at Davis Mercantile, which also boasts food, home goods, and sports memorabilia.
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