Many of the old fashioned country home products are still being made and used today.
Old fashioned products for those with a renewed interest in back to basics self sufficiency, off grid living preparations, reproduction antiques,country home décor, or period reenactments.
These are just like the many home, garden, farm and ranch products that were once sold only in old country / general stores and mail order catalogs.
This unique online store brings back several of the old fashioned products that many will remember from their childhood.
All types of old time products that could be found during weekly trips into town to shop at the old country store.
Viewing this unique online store at http:www.cottagecraftworks.com is much like taking a trip back to the days of the old country store or Sears Roebuck mail order catalog.
Old fashioned country stores were the A-Z supplier of most everything a family needed to live in the late 1800s through the mid 1900s
For kids growing up in that era it was all about the glass jars filled with hard candies.
Toys were either made of wood or metal ranging from small play toys to large ride on wagons and pedal cars.
A bottle of pop or soda, depending on where you were might cost just a nickel.
Crackers were sold individually from a wooden barrel that became known as the “Cracker Barrel”. You could even have a slice of fresh cheese to make a quick snack.
There was always interesting smells coming from the counters, whether it was from the fresh ground coffee beans, smoked bacon, or fresh milled flours to the smell of new fabrics.
As a kid you just remember those inviting smells as part of the unique country store visits.
Dad and the boys always went for the hunting section to look over the new shot guns and hunting gear. The hand crafted box calls were always pretty to look at.
Along the way they would stop and look over the new Planet Junior hand push cultivators. Dad would always mumbled that if they had one they might have more time for hunting.
Mom and I always headed for the fabrics to see what patterns might be on sale or close out.
Mom also always had to go over touch, feel and peddle on the new Singer treadle machines.
Despite the bobbin skipping occasionally on her old treadle machine she kept the family looking pretty respectful including our Sunday attire.
You could always see in her eyes the thought of how much a new treadle could speed up her clothes making.
These are the smells and memories that many may remember of the Old Country Store / General Store.
It was a one stop shopping experience and mostly the only store for miles that brought people to town from all areas of the county.
The old country store had just about everything for the home, garden, farm and ranch. It was also a place to order new equipment and repair parts if they weren’t kept on hand.
Most country stores kept all the repair parts for almost every pressure cooker. As well as repair and replacement parts for oil lamps and Coleman lanterns.
Compared to the mega stores of today the country stores were generally one room stores with the walls and isles crammed floor to ceiling.
They were a hardware, dry goods, appliance, grocery, and a farm feed store all combined into one building.
The shelves and isles would be packed from floor to ceiling with merchandise.
Rolling ladder racks would normally be equipped down both sides of the store for the merchant owner to fetch items stored up high on top of shelves or floor to ceiling oak cabinets.
Many country stores also housed the post office, Western Union station, and also served as the towns gas station.
Gas and kerosene cans would be brought to town and filled with oil and white gas to use in the many lamps, Colman lanterns and cook stoves.
In that era most of the food items were just the staples needed to take home to cook and bake from scratch.
Canned goods were limited as most people had a home garden that supplied them with fresh vegetables.
Excess vegetables would be canned and stored away for the winter months.
Fresh eggs and meat were provided by their own chickens. Other fresh meat would be processed from other livestock or wild game.
Fresh milk and cream came right off the homestead, which not only provided the milk but the cream would be churned into butter and used in other dairy products.
The real old time country/general store today is mostly just a name. Inside they look like a modern day convenience or hardware store.
Today mail order catalogs carry mostly clothing and new kitchen table top appliances.
The original old country store was in a time and era when things were just made to last for nearly a lifetime.
Even then some items lasted well into the next generation.
Not only does the products carried at Cottage Craft Works look like the originals, they are also still built with the old fashioned values and quality.
CCW goes directly to the small cottage based business and shop owners, many who are Amish.
CCW has been able to reach back into time and once again bring these old fashioned products back into the general public but now using the Internet.
By navigating the category tabs on the home page you can select from Home Goods, Farm & Garden, Patio and Outdoor, Kitchen and Food Prep, Hunting and Outdoors, Artisan Arts & Crafts, and Building Products.
Home Goods Tab
This is where you will find Amish furniture, sewing machine cabinets (including reproduction treadle cabinets), personal needs information, health and wellness, drying racks, wash tubs, wash boards, folding ironing board chair, baskets, handcrafted clocks, home essentials, toys and games.
This is the tab with all the kids coaster style wagons, tricycles and kits to build ride on toys.
Farm & Garden
This tab has a lot of items. Reproduction Planet Junior garden cultivators, as well as three other styles of hand push cultivators.
You will find replacement cultivator handles, American made garden tools, reel push mowers sprayers, hot beds, garden wagons and carts, apple cider and orchard presses.
This tab contains self sufficient living books on growing, harvesting and preserving all types of foods.
This is just on the garden section.
The farm section includes the most popular galvanized metal roller egg nesting boxes, chicken coops and plans.
You will find compact tractor implements and manure spreaders, poultry processing equipment, hand and windmill water well pumps, water pumping and aerator windmills, a bird and bee section, authentic buggy and wagons, horse and tack, and all types of self sufficient agriculture books.
Patio and Outdoor
This tab has the old fashioned porch swings, gliders and patio chairs as well as Amish made wind chimes. You will also find yard and garden art under this tab.
Kitchen and Food Prep
Just like to old country store you will find Amish organic grown and processed grains, flours, cereals, popcorn and health bars.
This section has all the old kitchen gadgets from the hand crank egg beater to the cast metal kitchen mixers, with stainless steel mixer blades and whisk.
Heavy Stainless Steel pots, pans and canning equipment as well as the old blue stripe pottery and food processing equipment for dairy, vegetables, and meat.
You will find all the old reproduction cast iron outdoor cooking equipment, including all sizes of round and flat bottom, Dutch ovens and pots, tripods and fire pit grills, kettle hooks and tripods.
But the list keeps on going. You can even purchase Amish Aprons, cookbooks, reproduction Hoosier cabinets, food grade flour and sugar bins, stainless steel sink drain board, a reproduction stove top dehydrator drying pan, ice cream freezers, non electric stove top appliances, lazy Susan’s, kitchen baskets, cutting boards, and even maple syrup evaporators and processing equipment.
Hunting and Outdoors
This is really where the match was struck that began the entire Cottage Craft Works business.
Starting off with Amish crafted hunting calls CCW was born. Soon after replacement gun stocks were added as well as Amish hand carving gun stock options. In March of 2011 Outdoor Life magazine did a special article on the Amish carved gun stocks.
Then followed the custom leather, and nylon holsters and gun cases, including glass gun display cases.
Today the hunting calls are very popular which even includes kits for a turkey box call and a turkey slate friction call.
Many may not think that the Amish are into hunting, but this age old self sustainable living method is very much a part of the Amish way of life.
This tab is just not about hunting and fishing, many of the outdoor Amish sports equipment can also be found from volleyball, croquet, kids sleds, bicycle, and Amish kick bikes can be found in this section.
Artisan Arts and Crafts
Under this tab you will find Amish hand oil paintings, as well as some of the most incredible detailed wood burning art.
This tab is all about historic architecture restoration, green homes and alternative power.
You will find a composting toilet, functional cooling cupolas, to solar panels and components.
Regardless if you’re wanting to turn back time to live more self-sufficient, live more healthy with self sufficiency home grown organic food, or just want a taste of country style living.
Cottage Craft Works is fulfilling the self sufficient country style living dreams for many.