Shopping at an Amish Salvage Store

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Granola Bars

Something I haven’t told you about our weekend homestead yet: It’s in an area that’s being settled by the Amish. The first families came down from Pennsylvania three years ago. Now a bunch more families are moving to the area. We’ve been told 42 Amish families will be relocating to the area. And we’re really enjoying watching their community take shape.

There’s a great Amish bake stand that’s open on the weekends, and we love to stop there for fresh donuts. They’re ridiculously good.

And since this spring, several homes and businesses have gone up. There’s a new saw mill, a dry goods store, a hardware store and a wonderful salvage grocery store.

We finally made time to visit the salvage grocery store yesterday, and I really wish we had done it sooner. The deals are incredible. Take a look at what I brought home:

Dark Chocolate Covered Raisins

(5) bag of SunMaid chocolate covered raisins for $.50 a bag

Salted Caramel Cookie Mix

(6)bags of Betty Crocker Salted Caramel cookie mix for $.15 a bag. Normally we make our cookies from scratch, but I sure can’t make them for that price.

Yogurt Covered Pretzels

(5) bags of yogurt covered pretzels for $.50 a bag

Honest Kids Juice Pouches

(4) boxes of Honest Kids Juice pouches for $1.50 each. If you look closely, you can see my kids have already been into these.

Welch's Juice

(10) bottles of Welch’s Farmer’s Pick 100% Juice for $1 each. Some are Concord grape, some are blackberry.


(10) boxes of cereal:

(4) Cascadian Farms Multi Grain Squares – $.75 each

(4) Honey Bunches of Oats – $.75 each

(1) Capt’n Crunch – $1.50 each

(1) Lucky Charms – $1.50 each

Ocean Spray Fruit Snacks

(4) boxes of Ocean Spray 100% juice fruit snacks for $1 each

Boxed Tomatoes

(3) boxes of crushed/strained tomatoed for $.50 each. I’ll use these to make tomato soup.


(2) packages of unsweetened applesauce for $.75 each

Hershey's Bars

(2) 6-packs of full-size Hershey’s bars for $1 each. I really wish I’d bought more. We make s’mores once a week now, and I always grumble about how expensive Hershey’s bars have gotten. They’re almost $4 at most stores. If they’re still there next week, I’m stocking up.

Sour Patch Kids

A huge bag of Sour Patch Kids for $2. These are one my youngest daughter’s favorite candies.

Granola Bars

(32) granola bars for $.10 each from brands like LaraBar, Kashi, Clif, Nature’s Path and Cascadian

Ice Cream Mix

(3) boxes of chocolate ice cream mix for $.50 each

Falafel Mix

(2) boxes of falafel mix for $.75 each. Not my husband’s favorite thing, but the girls and I love it

Larabar Granola

A big bundle of Larabar granola (individual packs) for $2


(2) bottles of Method spray cleaner for $1.50 each. I love Method, but I don’t find it at my price often, so this was exciting.

Lemon Curd

A jar of lemon curd for $1. I make my own, but I’m out until we harvest our lemons. If you’ve never tried lemon curd on s’mores, in place of the chocolate, you need to put it on your to-do list. It tastes like lemon meringue pie. Yum!

Dried Apricots

a bag of dried apricots for $.75


A jar of salsa for $1

Ponytail Holders and Markers

And the girls found a pack of ponytail holders for $.50 and a pack of Mr. Sketch markers for $1.

That’s a ton of stuff for $57.35. I can hardly wait to see what they have next time we go.

Now, as I mentioned, this is a salvage grocery store, so that means the stuff that they’re selling is past its best-by date, has damaged packaging or was closed out by either the store or the manufacturer. I don’t like to buy dented cans, so I always stay clear of that stuff in salvage stores, and I won’t buy anything with a broken seal either. Save for that (and a few other rules that I’m probably forgetting), I’m game.

If you want to check out the salvage grocery store scene, I have an article over on, with more information about salvage stores and how to find a location near you.

And if you want to locate an Amish dry goods store (I hope to check out the one near us soon), I also maintain a directory of those:

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I seem to have a bunch of groceries to put away.

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  1. Erin,

    I visit a salvage grocery store in Pennsylvania when I am in the area and have found some great deals but not quite as cheap as these. We have never had a problem with any of the products we purchased there.

    I will be in Knoxville at the end of the month for my son’s Freshman Orientation at UT. I would love to check out the salvage store if it isn’t too far out of the way. We are driving down from Maryland and with 2 sons in college in the fall I need to stretch every dollar even more than I already do!

    I understand if you prefer to not post the address here and if you prefer to email it. Thanks so much!!

    1. My thought, too, mj! I can usually find some things that are good but I find that especially items with grains (cereals, granola bars, pretzels!, etc.) – even if they are within the “best by” date – are most often stale or rancid. I am very picky when I shop at stores like this. I don’t have any *near* me – about an hour away – but I will occasionally venture there when I am going to be in the area for my favorite Mennonite Bulk Food store! (which typically has much fresher items, with a small section of out of date stuff, where I again avoid all cereals & the like) There are certain things though, that oddly, are far more expensive than my local Meijer or Aldi. I appreciate my phone when I shop these days! People used to tell me Gordon Food Service stores were great prices – I do not find them to be so! A very few items are better priced – not usually worth my time to park & go in yet another store. Last time I was in one, I compared a half dozen items or so with similar items on my Meijer app – and knowing the typical sale prices at Meijer – nearly everything could be found cheaper elsewhere.

  2. Hi Erin,

    As usual there isn’t one anywhere near me. Ive never been to one..those are amazing deals. I’m most interested in your comment that you will be harvesting lemons in TN…please share all info. I’m a lemon freak. I thought lemons would only grow in very warm climates???

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