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April 12, 2012
If you are like me and drawn to anything that is handcrafted with a unique history, you'll probably love Amish barn stars as much as I do.
The symbols date back over 300 years, when religious refugees from the Rhine region of Germany migrated to south eastern Pennsylvania to seek religeous freedom. It is said that communities first painted stars onto farm buildings to ward off evil spirits or bring good luck – much like the familiar horseshoe hung above a doorway.
Over time the stars became handmade from reclaimed tin or wood and are now quite the coveted home accessory. Unfortunately, some of those on the market today are likely to be mass-produced and not handmade in traditional methods (no electricity!) but if you find an original one like these from Retrophenia, it is certainly worth snapping up.