The United States economy teetered on the edge of collapse. The chance of the country entering into a recession was likely. And the instructions to the American people were clear. The headline from December 20, 2006 read, "With Recession Looming, Bush Tells America To ‘Go Shopping More.'" The implication was that, by being good consumers, Americans could steer their country away from the precipice of economic disaster. Some would argue, though, that it's the very act of careless spending and the habit of purchasing overly priced, cheaply made, virtually disposable products that landed many folks in dire straits to begin with.
The Amish and others who embrace a Plain lifestyle resist the message that shopping equals patriotism. Spending to save the economy drives a consumer lifestyle that values style over substance, when the real goal should be conservation
But for many who live simply, it can be a challenge to find products that prize modesty and durability over fashion and trendiness.
One of the things I have fallen in love with during the 20 years that I have lived in Holmes County Ohio is the many small, independent, family-owned shops that pop up around nearly every turn on our back roads. Wandering into those variety stores is a lesson in plain rural life. There, you find a wide variety of essentials that help maintain daily life for the locals. Straw hats and simple dresses, garden seeds and board games, coloring books and knee-high socks, soup pots and cloth diapers. Things made with purpose. Things made to last.
After years of shopping these local stores, I met Daniel Weaver. Daniel has built a business out of supplying these rural shops with many of the hard-to-find items useful to the Amish and other adherents to a plain or modest lifestyle.
Miller's Plain Clothing is an attempt to make available to the broader world what we are so privileged to have readily available here in Holmes County. Our goal is to bring you hardworking products, plain and simple.
~Maynard Miller, Founder