Friday, July 8, 2011

Eat your heart out, Willie Nelson...

"On the road again...just can't wait to get on the road again...(sing it, Willie...).  It seems to be my summer to put thousands of miles on the car.  But I made a little detour about 10 days ago...
(ssshhh...don't tell Ola and Mary J where I stopped...)  I mean really, I was just passing through.  I left at 6:15 AM from Ann Arbor to take Riley to Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp on the OTHER side of the state.  From there, I headed south to Alabama for the second time in a month.  I decided to take a new route, south through Indiana to meet up with my normal path in Louisville, KY.

I just HAD to go through Shipshewana, in the heart of Indiana Amish country, to get to I-69 south...REALLY...

But I forgot that it was Wednesday, which is Flea Market Day...on Wednesdays the town is filled to bursting with locals and visitors.  Buggy AND car gridlock...
As I inched through the traffic in town, I soon realized that a stop in town at Lolly's was out of the question.  Parking was impossible.  I decided that a quick spin through Yoder's was the best that I could hope for.
I was overjoyed to discover that THEY ARE EXPANDING THE ENTIRE BUILDING !!!!  The picture above is the expanded center hall, and the one below shows the HUGE new expansion of the quilting part of the department store (the tools are still set up, as they are finishing the expansion across the hall from the department store.  I'm not sure if they are expanding the grocery store, the hardware store, or BOTH.
It is well-lit, spacious and so enticing!
They had only been in the new part for 2 weeks...just in time for the big show they had a couple of weeks ago. 
This is the expansion across the hall...still working on that...
They are still moving things around and putting out new fabric and displays.  I want to go back soon and see the finished product!
 OK...enough of lurking in the hall...let's so SHOP!

Out of my way, sweetie...I just gotta get in there...
Wow...can you believe THIS is Yoder's??  I remember when the fabric was just a few displays between the straw hats and the suspenders!
 Anne Sutton fabric is featured nicely...
 Nice, wide rick-rack above a nice selection of 30's fabrics...
 Part of the color wall...
Reproduction fabrics...

Thimbleberries and Kansas Troubles...
 More color wall...
MORE Kansas Troubles (YOU could get in trouble here, Mary J...!)...
 I kept being drawn back to the color wall...

 Halloween into fall into Christmas...oh my!
NICE, comfy area with leather chairs for browsing books and magazines...

Minnick and Simpson for Moda, etc...
What is WRONG with me?  I've been here 20 minutes and there is NOTHING in my basket??
More color wall...
 Lovely samples were EVERYWHERE...
 Notions, notions, notions...

 And don't think that just because it is "Yoder's" that they aren't up-to-date with the newest items...just look at the GO! display...
 Our favorite magazines from Australia and New Zealand...
 And all the rest of my favorites...
 Halloween...



Now...THAT is more like it...
 Lot's of lovely 30's...
 This huge cutting table accommodated 4 nice ladies cutting for customers...no waiting in line...even on a Wednesday...
 For everyone loving wool and a more primitive look...
 Lovely wool...
Then I drove like a maniac the rest of the day and well into the night, bumping into a deer at the Tennessee-Alabama border at 1:00 AM (thank God I was alert enough to slam on the brakes and slow down to only 10 MPH...we BOTH survived...and I didn't wet my pants...the deer might have, though...) and rolling into my northwest Alabama destination at 2:20 EST (one thousand miles later...).  I got home to Michigan late last night, and now we are off tomorrow morning for 2 days of entertainment at Riley's camp and to bring her home.

I wish I could say that the summer road trips were over...

Happy trails...wherever they lead you...

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

17 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness - I would just love this! Who wouldn't? And that is all you put in your cart?

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  2. Fantastic post. I feel like I have just had a great time at Yoder's. Thanks.

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  3. what a fun trip but wow, you must be getting tired of being inside that car!
    I hope to stop at Shipshewana when I take my DD back to college in August...I am dreaming of a visit there...
    thanks for the pictures and previews of sh0pping!

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  4. Wow, I`d like to have one Yoder`s here.Thanks

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  5. Oh My I was having fabric overload just looking at the pictures. I salute you if that is all the fabric that made it into your cart :0)

    Crispy

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  6. wow that store looks fantastic and will be on my list of places to stop. No wonder so many quilters go there - it looks a bit like Hancocks of Paducah - have you been to that store is it comparable?
    Karen
    http://karensquilting.com/blog/

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  7. Ok, now I need a detailed map on how to get to this place from Denver. What a terrific looking place! :-)

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  8. Oh my, you have been on the road. We don't get to Indiana much any more, but a trip to Yoders just might be reason enough for a ROAD TRIP and I bet I could find willing accomplices!!!

    Take care.

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  9. Gosh Teresa, that was a bit exciting for early Sunday morning reading. What a fabulous place, never mind detailed map from Denver moosestash, what about a detailed map from Melbourne, Australia...
    Lizzie
    xxx

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  10. Oh my goodness about both your deers lol. and can we talk about this warehouse/store...tell me you could not possibly have purchased more fabric? did you ? Perhaps the Halloween? lol
    great shots

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  11. Glad to hear to didn't hit the deer. That would not have been pretty.
    Oh,what fun to shop at Yoder's. And they are expanding. Wow!

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  12. That place looks like it has a ton of fabric. Enough to make anyone happy.

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  13. Oh my I'm blown away by all that fabric. Nothing the likes of that in this little country corner of Australia that's for sure.

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  14. Great photos Theresa. I haven't been up there since they finished the new addition. I had heard that the whole back was going to be filled with fabric. I retreat there twice a year...but not again until November. I may have to take a road trip soon.

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  15. I can't wait to visit the NEW Yoders in October during my retreat.

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  16. I have heard of Yoders, but I had no idea it was as good as that! Wow!!!
    I am another one who would like directions from Melbourne, Australia

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