Lehman's store

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I just read in an old post that someone made a trip to Amish country and picked up two mills. When I tried to contact Lehman's a while back, it sounded like they were terribly backlogged. Do they carry enough stock in store to make a trip there worthwhile? Anybody been there?

-- Mumsie (Shezdremn@aol.com), July 11, 1999


My understanding is that they have been so back logged that they no longer answer the phone. This was a few months back and perhaps they have gotten a bit caught up. You well might be better served to look elsewhere as Lehman's is a real magnet for Y2K supplies and I would be surprised if they had much in the way of extra stock.

-- smfdoc (smfdoc@aol.com), July 11, 1999.

The post about picking up the Lehman's mills was mine. I was not speaking about to going to the Lehman's store in Ohio. We got out mills at a hardware store near Reading, PA which serves the local Amish population. I imagine that other stores in the Pensylvania Amish region carry Lehman products also. It was a two-hour drive to this store for us. Lehman's store in Ohio is probably an ten-hour drive from here, and I can't imagine that they would have too much more in stock.

Okay, we didn't find a clothes wringer or washboard there, but we did show up on a Saturday and there were bare spots on some shelves. This store still had grain mills on the shelf as in-stock items. I understand that the store gets their weekly delvery from Lehman's every Thursday.

We ordered a Lehman's laundry wringer and also picked up three large washtubs and a bunch of canning lids. We didn't find any washboards and then forgot to ask about ordering one from the catalog.

Oh, well. A reason for another visit. We have family who live near the store who will pick it up for us. In fact our nephew works there during the school year. That's how we found out that this store carries the Lehman's products.


-- Wildweasel (vtmldm@epix.net), July 11, 1999.

Placed an order with Lehman's about two weeks ago, items were shipped within 5 days. They were out of washboards, back-ordered as the manufacturer supposedly sold out to another company. They promised shipment on washboards by Sept/Oct.

Also, Leacock Coleman, in Lancaster, PA had full shelves in early June. They too deal with the Amish community. Lot's of Aladdin Lamps, accessories, wood stoves, cast iron cookware etc.

-- Carol (jdufrene@laci.net), July 11, 1999.

I guess I can let the cat out of the bag on where we were shopping: Weaver's Hardware, just outside of Fleetwood, PA. As mentioned in the preceding post, they had lots of "Amish items" and other things that are useful for Y2K. Lamps, coal buckets, cast-iron cookware, kitchen and food prepration items, coalstoves, woodstoves, generators, water system supplies (hand-pumps, pipe, tanks), grain mills, meat grinders and all sorts of galvanized steel tubs and buckets.

What they don't have they can order from Lehman's and I suspect that Lehman's dealers get better deliver than walk-in or telephone customers. Happy shopping!


-- Wildweasel (vtmldm@epix.net), July 11, 1999.

We drove down to Lehman's in Kidron, OH 3 months ago. They had everything in stock that we wanted except 1 thing. The guy we talked to strongly discouraged us from trying to order anything if we wanted it within a few months, because their shipping department was way behind. The store itself was very well stocked however, and I'd guess the one thing that was sold out was an anomoly.

The drive was 3 hours each way for us, and I wouldn't rate the store as worth a drive much farther than that. Nice people working there though. Place was jammed due to a public auction across the road but the salesman took a very long time to answer my friend's questions on hand pumps and wasn't visibly annoyed when he didn't buy one.

-- Gus (y2kk@usa.net), July 11, 1999.

check out your Ace hardware too- ours carries Alladin products, galvanized steel tubs, etc- amazing amount of useful stuff.

-- farmer (hillsidefarm@drbs.com), July 11, 1999.

Yesterday, they had about half of the Aladin lamps in stock that they were showing, and they had most of the mills in stock. They had a lot of stoves in stock and the prices seem to have come down on some and up on others.

we were in, trying to get some help with a product problem and they were polite but firm, since I was WAY ove the line on what I was sort of asking. HOWEVER< they DID providse me with the Mfgr phone number and suggest that I TALK TO THEM, AND IF I don't get satisfaction then he (Mr. Leahman's Son) would send them a strong letter. The volume they do, this will PROBABLY satisfy my problem.

Chuck who knows the way there better than the way to his mother-in- law's house!!

-- Chuck, a night driver (rienzoo@en.com), July 11, 1999.

I have been there multiple times. They have alot of things in stock but some are still backlogged. The mail order area is kept separate from the store. You can do pretty good going there. When I was there there were people from all over the nation there that were preparing for y2k. I still email one of them I met there. We both bought a mill at the time. If I remember right we got the last 2 on stock so we were happy campers! That was last September. I order a water filter and it took 3 months to get here. Received it in Februray, just like they said. Ordered a well bucket a few months ago and received in about 3 weeks later. Haven't been able to get a paddle churn..they've been out for awhile.

-- Moore Dinty moore (not@thistime.com), July 12, 1999.

I have had a catalog from Lehman's and can see it is very useful for one-stop Y2K shopping. If I may make a suggestion here... I receive lots of catalogs and surf the web quite a bit. If you have the time and patience, you will often find very useful things in perhaps unlikely places. Going to the manufacturer direct is sometimes an option. First Auction was helpful for camping gear. And going to a camping foods supplier will sometimes save you money. It seems that once something has a Y2K tag attached to it the price can skyrocket. I beleive that Lehman's sells quality merchandise, but I found them a touch expensive.

-- Gia (Laureltree7@hotmail.com), July 15, 1999.

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