2017 UPDATE: This year’s two editions of the Honeyville Quilt Auction will be held Saturday, April 8, and Saturday, September 16.
The first Honeyville Quilt Auction of 2014 takes place tomorrow (Saturday April 12th) in the Elkhart-Lagrange, Indiana Amish settlement.
We usually post auction photos taken during the event. Today is a little different, with a pile of pre-auction pictures showing all the neat things up for sale tomorrow.
We also have a few words from auction host Ben Borntreger.
Greetings from above. My name is Ben Borntreger and was married to Wilma (Hochstetler) on March 30, 1978. I was born in Iowa, and lived in Missouri, Wisconsin, and Michigan before moving to Indiana in 1979. We have a family of 9 daughters and 2 boys. We still have 4 living at home. We have 13 grandchildren. I have farmed, worked in RV factories and installed cabinets. I also give sleigh rides and carriage rides.
Back in the late 1990s I helped at Yoder’s Quilt Auction in Clare, Michigan and enjoyed it, so we decided to start a quilt auction here. We had our first auction in the fall of 1999 and have been having them ever since. We have them semi-annually.
In the Spring it’s always the 2nd Saturday in April and in the Fall it’s the 3rd Saturday in September. We usually have around 200 to 250 big quilts, plus wall hangings, crafts, and rugs. This is a family affair. On the day of the auction the children and grandchildren help and we have a lot of fun.
If you’d like to attend the Borntreger family’s auction tomorrow or in September, here’s the address:
4110 S. 1000 W.
Millersburg, IN 46543
The auction begins at 9 AM, with items available for preview the day before.
Honeyville Quilt Auction Photos
Next, a sneak peek of tomorrow’s auction items and facilities, thanks to our contributor ShipshewanaIndiana (who also shares a few comments below).
100+ year old Amish quilt blocks used in a wall hanging.
Antique Amish quilts.
Locally made bird houses to hang on your porch. They look like hats!
Doll sized Mini hickory rocker made by a local Amishman, it’s a work of art!
Bottom of small rocker. Hand signed by Cletus Otto.
Table full of purses, wall hangings and other small sewn items.
Hand bags from one consigner.
Next 3 shots are wall hangings made from 100+ year old quilt blocks.