Reader Andy shares photos of the annual school auction held in Texas’ sole Amish community, in Bee County (Beeville).
Some of them are a bit blurry, probably due to the low light, but you can see some of the items up for sale including a pretty fancy buggy (rest assured you won’t see Amish driving this model).
The buggy may very well be the work of Truman Borntrager, who owns Borntrager’s Combination Shop and makes carriages for non-Amish people.
At the end of this post you’ll also see photos of a shop with a sign out front reading “Saddle Shop”.
This year there was rain during part of the auction but it didn’t slow it down at all. The barn was packed with buyers and two auctions were running simultaneously.
There are buggies and horses and miniature ponies and cattle and puppies, a huge section of antiques and tools and kitchen ware are up for auction. Of course food and drinks are sold on the side of the auction and no one goes hungry!
It’s a fun event and as big as Texas is, everybody is warm and welcoming, and you feel like you are all old friends.
For folks unfamiliar with an auction it works like this: first you find a parking spot, then you oh register and get an auction number card. Then you may walk around and look for what interests you in advance.
When your special item comes up for auction the auctioneer starts bidding at a set price, as he calls the auction you raise your number card to signify you’ll offer a higher bid. When no one else raises the bid the item goes to the highest bidder.
A bit of advice, every auction goer would be wise to set a spending limit ands realistic bid per item limit. You don’t have a lot of time to think during the auction and it’s easy to bid on impulse. It’s great fun and everybody goes home with something special even if it’s memories and new friends!
And here are a few photos of the store. As Andy noted it was an overcast day: