Reader Jerry frequently visits Amish communities and auctions.
Jerry is back today following a trip to an Amish sale in central Pennsylvania.
What will you see at an Amish auction?
Jerry gives us a nice look at the types of items you might find for sale, including glassware, guns, and an item called the Ecofan.
One thing in particular really surprised me – how Amish women and girls in this community personalize their head coverings.
Jerry explains below.
Last Saturday I went to another auction. This time it was near McClure, PA, which is about 18 miles from Milroy in the Big Valley.
I’ve been to six out of seven Jack’s Mountain Amish School auctions in this area.
Last year it was canceled because the owners of the farm which had hosted all the auctions passed. This year was the first time at this new location.
This is a Nebraska group, I think. The most conservative order I visit. But even these folks are changing.
Five years ago the teenagers all had smart phones and today no one had a phone.
Traditional blue Kerosene lamps are still used on white top buggies but this year I also saw battery powered LED’s.
Not the wired type you see in Lancaster County, but these folks have found flashlight type of flat panel LED’s that fit into metal brackets mounted on each side of the buggy.
The units lift out and the AAA batteries can be replaced. I also noticed buggies with hydraulic drum brakes in addition the usual friction brakes.
Another interesting item at the auction was something called the Ecofan.
It’s a manufactured item that sits on a stove top and the heat generates the power for a fan to spin and push the heat into the room.
Research shows they sell in the $150.00 range. There were 6+ units at the sale and they sold for $125-$175 range.
This group is what I call the blue door Amish, as almost every home has all blue doors and blue window shades.
They wear a lot of blue and brown clothing.
Also note that 30% of the women/girls have their initials or name on the back point of their head covering.
In years past it was always embroidery, but now I notice fabric paint can be used. Their quilts and comforters are leaning in those two colors as well.
As with most Amish, they love cast iron skillets, Dutch ovens and baking molds. They tend to pay the same premium prices for names like Griswold and Wagner.
The other notable thing was their passion for traditional 1960s glassware. These folks spend top dollar for berry sets and water sets. The water sets are highly desired.
Reproduction milk glass ($125) and carnival glass $(175) with the grape motif brought the highest bids.
However common Anchor Hocking from the 50-60’s were selling for $75.
The pitcher and glass sets that were fancier with gold trim were the least desired ($15).
Some where in the back of my head I’m thinking a water set makes an excellent wedding present, and I imagine they are used at most meals.
The quilts up there are not the best I’ve seen, or they hold them for bigger auctions.
Guns (rifles) were a hot item for the men and boys.
Most were deer rifles and a few shotguns and .22s. These guys are active hunters but only one bow was for sale.
I walked around the farm a bit to check out the garden, buggies and livestock. I also discovered a group of teen boys smoking out by the silo.
Those kids were the most interactive with me. Some of the younger children were a bit frightened and checked me out from head to toe.
I included the lunch menu board.
Later they had grilled chicken halves and the night before was fish and shrimp dinners being sold.