Jim Halverson shares another batch of photos from an Amish auction – this one in Gladwin County, Michigan. Gladwin County has two distinct Amish communities. This is a Swartzentruber group. We saw this community in the recent Amish barn-raising series.
Jim shares some beautiful shots of an event that took place this autumn. In the foreground of this photo, we see a farm implement by International Harvester. It has the appearance of an antique, but I suspect whoever bought it will be getting some practical use out of it.
A closer look shows some wringer washers, baskets, a globe, and what looks like a church pew, among other items.
Auctions are a time for socializing as well as buying. In Lancaster County last week, I used the occasion of a farm auction to meet with numerous Amish friends that I hadn’t seen in a while. Not all Amish people who show up at auctions are necessarily “buyers”.
Here’s more socializing going on, among the younger set by the barn.
This shot gives a nice view of the lanterns used by Swartzentruber Amish.
And in this one you can see an Amish school.
Back to the auction.
You can even find used footwear here.
A given Amish auction will reflect what the local community uses and allows. So the farm sale I attended in Lancaster County last week would likely have some different items for sale than a similar event in a plain community like this Swartzentruber one.
To see examples from another Swartzentruber Amish auction, check out this post on ten household items seen at a Swartzentruber auction.