In a town with little more than 400 people, a sprawling Amish landscape and roads that host more horses and buggies than cars is a hidden treasure only visited by those who even know it’s there.
Yoder’s bargain store in Fredericksburg, Ohio is worth a special stop on your itinerary during your next visit to Ohio’s Amish country.
Everything here is a bargain. You will find things like small trinkets, glassware, cookware, children’s clothes, toys, work gloves, homeopathic ointment, wool hats, pencils, candy, purses, religious figurines and so much more. By bargain, I mean literally everything runs a few cents to a few dollars. You are likely to run into Amish families at Yoder’s shopping for things like heavy-duty work boots for the men or hair pins for the women.
Just finding Yoder’s in the winding and seemingly never-ending Amish countryside is its own reward. The small rock with a hand painted store marquee at the entrance is easy to miss.
As you make your way up the barely two-lane driveway onto the private Amish farm, you will likely wonder if you’re even allowed to be there. No one is around. Only the wind, some chickens and breathtaking landscape are there to welcome you.
I found out about Yoder’s during a visit with my dear friend, LeeAnn Miller, Owner of the Miller Haus Bed & Breakfast near Walnut Creek in neighboring Holmes county. Your best directions will come from a local, someone like LeeAnn, who can tell you the back way to get there.
The store caters to the locals as evidenced by the horse and buggy post out front that takes precedent over parking spaces for cars. The store only operates during daylight hours (Monday-Saturday, 8 a.m.- 5 p.m.) and whatever light is coming in from the outside is the only light available. The oil lamps positioned around the store are a clear reminder of the basic lifestyle of the Amish society. It is awkwardly silent inside so every footstep and whisper you make can be heard in the several rooms and levels of the store.
I love Yoder’s bargain store as much for the scenery and scavenger hunt as the prices. I promise you–one visit will have you walking out with something you didn’t know you needed and a mission to come back again. Also–an important reminder for the city folk who want to put Yoder’s on their destination map –TAKE CASH!
You cannot see the actual store or buildings from the road, but this is what you will find when you finally reach your destination at the top of the hill.
Here’s how to find Yoder’s bargain store: 7806 Salt Creek Road, Fredericksburg, Ohio, (330) 695-5593. Happy Hunting!