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Stuff. We all have it. Some is good, some is bad. It’s just stuff. The old saying that one man’s junk is another man’s treasures certainly rings true, and at no place moreso than at farm auctions.

Farmers work hard and they try to save a nickel just like the rest of us. There is nothing wrong with buying used items because sometimes a lot of money can be saved going this route as opposed to always buying new. What amazes me is an item can go home with a farmer and in a few months that same item will be back on the auction block on a different sale.

Here in the Midwest we have many Amish communities, many of which hold auctions on a regular basis. About an hour away from me there are regular Amish auctions throughout the year in Shipshewana and Topeka, Indiana. It is a good way for the Amish to trade horses, tack, horse-drawn farm equipment and many other items they use every day. It is also a good place for folks to come and find these items who either collect or use them for home décor.

These Amish auctions are a spinoff of the Amish mud sales that originated in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Mud sales, named for the condition of the thawing ground in late winter and early spring when they are held, are major fundraisers for the volunteer fire companies throughout the Amish communities. These are huge events, sometimes drawing 20,000 or more people who come to bid on everything from hand-stitched quilts and locally made crafts to livestock, furniture, produce, baked goods, antiques, housewares and sometimes even the kitchen sink … literally! Usually, six or seven separate auctions are going on at the same time and the Amish and the “English” mingle together in this organized chaos.

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