Thursday, April 28, 2011

Lancaster County, Pa Thrift Shops

Stay in Lancaster County, where there is An abundance of quality thrift shops—the cheaper alternative to antique shops.
Why Thrift SHOP?
It's affordable
Find name brand items without paying a name brand price
It's “green”
Buying second-hand clothing & household items saves the energy used to produce new merchandise
It supports good causes
Proceeds are used to fund a variety of charities
It’s fun
Imagine the thrill of a found “treasure” at a fraction of an antique/collectors’ mall price!  Some recent examples:  a 35-year-old Scandinavian crystal glass for 50 cents, currently selling online for $80; a collectible pottery flower pot for 25 cents, also selling on line—for $25; pottery canisters in varying sizes for $1, $2, and $3—identical  to new ones retailing from $40-$75 each; brand new English china plate & mug for 97 cents each; retail value $30 each.
The list below includes some of the local stores:
235 S . 12th St. 
Lebanon, PA  17042

27 E. Ferdinand St.
Manheim, PA  17545

Nearly-Nu Shop
9 N. Main St.
Manheim, PA  17545

Mount Joy Gift & Thrift
413 W Main Street
Mount Joy, PA  17552

Columbia Re-Uzit Shop
363 Locust Street
Columbia, PA  17512

Ephrata Re-Uzit Booksavers
1054 S State Street
Ephrata, PA  17522
Ephrata Re-Uzit Furniture
1054 S State Street
Ephrata, PA  17522
Ephrata Re-Uzit Shop
20-22 E Main Street
Ephrata, PA  17522
Country Gift & Thrift Shoppe
5602 Old Philadelphia Pike
Gap, PA  17527

Morgantown ReUzit Shoppe
2769 Main Street
Morgantown, PA  19543

ReUzit Shop of New Holland
707 W. Main Street
New Holland, PA  17557

Matthew 25
48 E. Main St.
Lititz, PA  17543

            Second Street Thrift Shops
2222 North Reading Road 
Denver, PA 17517 
717- 336-4104

100 N. State St.
Ephrata, PA  17522

Monday, April 18, 2011

Backyard Gardening in Lancaster, PA

This is the time of year when Spring washes in among the showers, bulbs are bursting into the garden scene and the trees have started to bud.

It’s the time of year to start attending garden displays to pick out the annuals to be interplanted with perennials that blossom throughout the summer season.

This is a good time to visit Lancaster County and load your car with plants from many of the greenhouses scattered through the county.  Your innkeepers will be happy to direct you to places that have great prices.  Some of the greenhouses are operated by Team Mennonite or Amish families.

Coming up in a few short weeks is the Herb & Garden Faire held at the Landis Valley Museum on Friday & Saturday, May 6th & 7th from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM.  There will be vendors with tools, garden art and decorative items as well as a selection of rare and heirloom plants for the garden.  In addition, there will be unusual plants, culinary and medicinal herbs, annual and perennial flowers to stock your garden.

Any of our B&B’s ( will be happy to find a room for you so that you can enjoy a Spring weekend here in Lancaster County.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Have any TROUT? No! GO FISH!

This is not techno-phishing…this is real live trout fishing which begins April 02 in the Lancaster County area. This event signals the beginning of spring or an official start to our fishing season. Usually, this is a good day for me to recover from the April Fools’ Day pranks that I have done or had done to me, but for the ardent angler…GO FISH!
We know that fishing is about that jerk on one end of a line, and Lancaster and Lebanon Counties provide some of the finest trout fishing in a state also offering opportunities for several species of native and stocked trout. Before you start fishing, it is a good idea to angle up on the seasonal regulations in this particular state (see website below). Trout season varies depending on where you plan to fish in the state, so it is important to know when you can start pursuing trout on your favorite Pennsylvania trout stream.
 Fishing offers an alternative to distracting influences encountered in our busy lives. A single fishing trip could be the turning point in any life and we encourage you to invest the time. The rewards are endless and it takes so little effort. Conewago Creek, Trout Run, Sawarta Creek and Speedwell Forge Lake are perfect spots.
Since Lancaster County area is a major watershed for the Chesapeake Bay, it has many active fishing streams (see map below…there are at least 10 streams), and some great local advise:
• PA Fish and Boat Commission
• Evening Rise Fly Flshing Outfitters… a perfect prep spot
  1953 Fruitville Pike, Lancaster PA  717.509.3036
• Susquehanna Fishing Tackle… another outstanding prep place
  126 Harrisburg Pike, Lancaster PA  717.397.1399
Now for some fine trout recipes just give us a call at So enjoy, and no worries if the jerk at the other end of the line doesn’t happen. Lancaster landscapes in the Spring are just grand catches in themselves.