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The Store

A part from the few necessities the Icelanders obtained from the store, the community was largely sufficient. The store supplied items that were not made on the homestead, such as sugar, flour, coffee, cloth and dishes. Many bartered their garden produce or fish for these goods as few had cash in the early days of the settlement.

  By growing much of their own produce, residents were able to save from buying imported products, which would have been expensive. Trading produce might not be what's recommended by modern money-saving advisory services, on account of it's impracticality, but it certainly worked for the early settlers to this area. Whilst today's residents are able to find business in providing tourist accommodation and other services, fishing was once the island's main industry, and thus the main commercial resource. Nowadays, the General Store still provides essential equipment and supplies to both locals and visitors.

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