26 responses to 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales
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    New York State of Mind
    Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 08:52)

    I have never been to a mud sale but I would really like to go. Wonder if they have them in New York State. A little mud wouldn’t stop me.


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    Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 09:07)

    I haven’t been to one . . . is there a place to find out when and where they are in advance? Even it tells of one coming up in The Budget, I never get mine until the date is the next day, or last weekend. (It usually takes a good week for The Budget to make it to me “out west”!)

    • 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sale Schedule - Dates & Locations

      Margaret I included a link to a schedule in the text above, and also pulled out the remaining dates in the list below. They go into the summer and even a little fall:

      March 23
      Gap Annual Spring Mud Sale/Auction
      5 p.m., Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Ave., Gap. 717-442-8100

      April 6
      Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Company Mud Sale
      8:30 a.m. breakfast, Robert Fulton Fire Company, 2271 Robert Fulton Hwy., Peach Bottom, 717-548-8995

      April 13
      Rawlinsville Annual Mud Sale
      8:30 a.m., Rawlinsville Fire Company, 33 Martic Heights Dr., Holtwood. 717-284-3023

      May 11
      Honeybrook Annual Auction/Mud Sale
      7 a.m., Honeybrook Fire Company, 679 Firehouse Ln., Honeybrook. 610-273-2688

      June 28
      Bird-in-Hand Mud Sale | 14th Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction
      8 a.m., Along Rt. 340 (Old Philadlephia Pike) across from Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant, 717-392-0112

      June 29
      Refton Fire Company Sale
      7 a.m. breakfast, Refton Fire Company, 99 Church Street, 717-786-9462

      August 24
      Bareville Fire Company Mud Sale
      8:30 a.m. breakfast, Bareville Volunteer Fire Company, 211 East Main Street, Leola, 717-656-7554

      August 24
      Kinzer Fire Company Mud Sale
      8:30 a.m., Kinzer Fire Company, PO Box 82, Kinzer. 717-442-9148

      October 26
      Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale
      7 a.m. breakfast, Cochranville Volunteer Fire Company, 3135 Limestone Road, Cochranville, PA 19330. 610-593-5800

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        Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 10:42)

        Thank you, Erik! I appreciate you helping me “see” what I should have “saw”! 🙂

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    Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 09:08)

    Ahhh I miss not living on the east coast. Nothing is better than mingling with the Amish and getting some of their goods. 🙂
    The mid west Amish just don’t come close. Can’t wait until the summer when I can visit the Lancaster settlement again.

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    Naomi Wilson
    Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 09:49)

    We went to the Bart sale last year, and the Gordonville sale last weekend. So much fun. We didn’t end up bidding on anything, although if we had gotten there earlier, we would have liked to bid on several things in the garden equipment section. We saw so many great deals. We also bought some delicious scrapple, and brought home apples, grapefruit, and a handful of books from the Gordonville Bookstore.

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    Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 09:54)

    Thanks for your article, Erik! No, I’ve never been to a mud sale, except for seeing the 14 special photos of the day on the slide show at the link,


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      Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 14:53)

      Thanks for the link, Linda! I loved the picture of the young boy nearly sunk in the mud!

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    Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 10:06)

    I grew up going to the Rawlinsville sale. I miss these kinds of activities so much. I think I have a small tear in my eye right now. :'( There is just nothing like lancaster pa. I can almost tastet the chicken corn soup and whoopie pies.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 12:01)

    Nope, I’ve never been to one, and something tells me I’d need to purchase a REALLY good pair of “slop” boots if I were to attend!

    I’m a little more familiar with the type worthy cause mentioned here (volunteer fire dept.), as I have a female cousin way up north in Wisconsin (Webster area) who still volunteers (in her mid-60’s) with her community’s volunteer fire dept. I truly admire everyone (including that 14-year-old boy) who volunteers to fight fires. I’m sending up a prayer for all firefighters, everywhere, as I type this…God bless them and keep them safe as they protect our communities.

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 12:46)

      The bit about the shoe in the mud made me wonder whether the person a) couldn’t get it out, b) lost it in the muck, or c) just abandoned ship.

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    Tom Bowen
    Comment on Mud Sale (March 18th, 2013 at 12:51)

    Mud Sale

    I have been to a mud sale. It was really fun and the crowd was great. The one that I went to they were showing horses so as you can imagine there were quite a few Amish people there to look and alot of the younger Amish boys were doing the showing of the horses. It was fun to watch them run the horse sown this long road turn around and run back. My youngest son enjoyed that alot. The Amish people that were there were very friendly and some were pretty talkative. I did not bid on anything but there was about everything you could imagine for sale. I live in Md. about an hour and a half at most from Lancaster so I plan on going to at least 1 or 2 this year. We are doing some work around our house and the mud sales could be a really good place to pick up tools and supplies. Now that you posted this Eric I will have to go over the schedule and pick the ones I would like to go to based on the items being sold. Have you ever been to a mud sale Eric? I would think that you have.

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      Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 12:59)

      You know Tom I’ve been to a fair share of Amish sales, and I’ve gotten mud (and other things) on my feet, but I don’t think I’ve been to an official bona fide mud sale, unless it was very briefly. I’m usually in Lancaster County right before (earlier in Feb), or sometime after they are going on.

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    Comment on Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 12:56)

    Mud Sales

    Of couyrse I met down the road not sown the road. Also, I didnt mean to say that I would think that you have. I was trying to say I think if you had you would really enjoy it. I’m new to this posting thing so I have to learn to read my comments before I hit post and slow down on the typing.

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    Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 13:19)

    I have only heard of Mud Sales on this website (and in Amish fiction books). Are Mud Sales ever held in the Midwest? I have been able to find auction flyers for Amish school fundraisers, but I have never attended one. Would certainly be fun!

    I wish I could say there are Mud Sales in MN, but we’re in a blizzard right now with 4 inches of fresh snow and wind chills reaching 40-50 miles per hour causing blowing and drifting snow and white out conditions. Many schools across the state are closed today. Wishing Spring would arrive!

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    Don Curtis
    Comment on Mud sales (March 18th, 2013 at 13:33)

    Mud sales

    I must admit I’d never heard of a “mud sale.” Around here volunteer fire departments are much more likely to be supported by a “fish fry.” Fish Fry’s are kind of a staple in the Ohio countryside. Many small villages, churches, etc. will sponsor them to raise funds. They are really fun to attend and a good way to eat some really good fish as well.

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    Terry Berger
    Comment on Gordonville Sale (March 18th, 2013 at 13:41)

    Gordonville Sale

    If you’re interested I have some great shots of the Gordonville sale that I’ll gladly share with you. Where would I send them for you to view?


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    Terry Berger
    Comment on Enjoy them! (March 18th, 2013 at 14:50)

    Enjoy them!

    I just sent you a bunch of pictures. Enjoy!! There are about eight of us that have gone for the past twelve years or so. We make a weekend out of it, going to the local farm markets on Friday, staying at a local inn, going to the sale on Saturday and returning home on Sunday. We’ve trudged through the sales grounds in snow, rain, and wonderfully clear weather and always have a wodnerful time of it.


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    Comment on Airville PA Mud Sale (March 18th, 2013 at 16:52)

    Airville PA Mud Sale

    You just missed our local mud sale – it was on Saturday at the Airville Fire Company in southern York County, just across the river from Lancaster County. I took my 7 yr old granddaughter and we had a blast. She especially loved the livestock area with guineas, chickens, rabbits, guinea pigs, goats and baby peeps. Last year I got a quilt, so this year I scouted around for something else. I ended up with a beautiful Longaberger basket for a great price, then found out later it had belonged to my cousin’s wife who died suddenly a couple months ago. Now I can enjoy my basket and warm memories of Paulette at the same time. As for the mud, it wasn’t bad this year, but we still managed to drag some in the house on our shoes and our car tires were coated. My granddaughter suggested we scoop it up and take it back to the mud sale so they could sell it, just like the name says. At least 1/4-1/3 of the people there were Amish and we got to talk to a few of them – fun day for everyone!

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    Comment on hmmm.... (March 18th, 2013 at 18:56)


    I thought that picture looked familiar! Now if I could only justify braving the elements to get back there in the winter! I’m afraid I’ve turned into a fair weather auction-goer. I’ll have to rate the sale items to be better at the mud sales, but the Clinic for Special Children auction is tops for “purpose” in my book.

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    New York State of Mind
    Comment on 2013 Lancaster County Mud Sales (March 18th, 2013 at 22:03)

    I wnder if there are any Mud Sales in New York near Penn Yan, Waterloo, Clyde-in my area. I would love to go to one.


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    Comment on MUD SALES (December 12th, 2013 at 14:49)


    I have been to the Mud Sale in Strasburg, PA several years ago. Can someone compare or contrast between some of the others? I am interested in quilts and my husband likes all kinds of things. We would like to go again but maybe try a different one – any thoughs? We live in the Western part of PA so we would stay overnignt and then go to the sale.

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