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Yoder's Bargain Store

A Positive Source for the Community

By Kate Minnich Writer & Designer Published: August 1, 2016 12:00 PM
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In the town of Fredericksburg lays Yoder's Bargain Store, continuously providing the community with a local source of everyday items. Owned and operated by Erma Yoder, the store has an authentic background, making the locals and tourists feel welcome and at home. Everything a household needs, from the glassware to cooking utensils to children's toys can be found at a reasonable price within the store.

A customer walking into the store is immediately met with several shelves of glassware, flashlights and much more. Glassware of various styles and colors line the shelves providing a favorite for anyone who enters the door. A pinwheel design on clear glass or a set completely crafted from deep blue colored glass are just two of the options presented to customers. As an added bonus, Yoder's Bargain Store allows patrons to buy individual pieces of the various dining sets, which provides the opportunity to replace a broken piece or build a complete set over time.

Only carrying non-electric items, Miss Erma is careful to select reliable products that will prove their worth. One such product line is flashlights produced by NEBO. Crafted with durability and brightness in mind many of these flashlights are equipped with a magnetic surface allowing for hands-free use. This entry room within the store offers such a high volume of items, that a first time customer may not realize there is an entire upstairs to explore.

Divided into two main sections, the second story of Yoder's Bargain Store maintains a large portion of the household necessities as well as children's items. Nearly everything for the kitchen is available on the second floor from the pots and pans to the little gadgets. Placed neatly on a wall affectionately referred to by Miss Erma as the gadget wall are items such as spatulas, apple slicers and measuring cups. The possibilities for this wall are endless and definitely warrant a thorough search if an individual is looking to enhance their cooking experience.

The size of a household often decides how large the cooking pans need to be and at Yoder's Bargain Store, the appropriate size can be easily found. Tea kettles from small to extra large, pots arranged by their quart size and baking pans grace the shelves eliminating the need to use multiple pans when a large number of people gather for a meal.

Yoder's Bargain Store would not be complete without the well-maintained children's and book department. Within this particular section of the store, customers can find many unique items, some of which are crafted locally. One portion of shelving is dedicated to a line of coloring books that have been hand drawn. The hand drawn aspect in itself makes the books special, but the uniqueness of the books continue with the newest edition, which was beautifully drawn by Miss Erma niece. The adult book selection ranges in genre offering a little bit of everything from fiction to cooking. Children's books are prevalent among the selection, offering classics and new options.

The dolls dressed in authentic Amish clothing offer one of the more popular sections for customers. A couple different dolls sit upon a shelf dressed for success in handmade dresses and hats. Clothing may be purchased separately in a variety of colors. "We dress these two to show off the clothing, but people keep wanting to buy them," says Erma Yoder.

This first week in August (August 1st-6th) marks Yoder's Bargain Store's annual tent and basement sale where numerous items are placed on sale. During this week a lot of items are priced as closeout pieces and new items are introduced making it the perfect week for back to school shopping. Another annual sale, held on October 15th, is Fredericksburg Merchant Day when Yoder's Bargain Store, Fredericksburg Harness and Shoe and Family Fabrics all share savings with their customers.

Yoder's Bargain Store offers the community surrounding Fredericksburg the opportunity to shop locally at great prices. The selection provided by the store is expansive and bound to offer something for everyone who walks through the door. No matter the season, essential items such as hats, candles, and gloves can be found in the store year round. Yoder's Bargain Store is located at 7802 Salt Creek Road in Fredericksburg, just follow the signs!

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