Reader Jerry, an avid Amish auction-goer, is back on the Amish auction trail. He recently attended a sale held by Nebraska Amish — aka “white-topper” Amish, which is what some call them on account of their buggies with white tops.

This auction happened Saturday at a Zook farm on Back Mountain Road in Milroy, Pennsylvania (Big Valley area). This was to support the hospital benefit fund. Enjoy these photos from Jerry. The comments below are mostly his as well.


This auction was in Milroy. The east end of the Big Valley. They appear to be Nebraska (white toppers) but a bit more conservative than the Winfield or McClure Nebraska orders.

No electric light on the buggies. Blue kerosene lanterns only. They do not remove the SMV triangles when they park the buggies.

This group is not a blue door group but a few miles away in Reedsville you will find many blue door homes.

Nebraska Amish men and boys wear white shirts.

From my observations all Nebraska make basic quilts.

They tend to use the same colors and only about 8 patterns.

There is a long shot of a nearby graveyard.  The sheep are their lawnmowers.  Something new I noticed was the grave markers were homemade with what appears to be “Quickcrete”.  I did not get close enough to see if they are “engraved”. Next time I will get a closer look.

These folks still use phone shacks.

Pies galore.

Firearms.

Buggy frame.

Play time.

Things Jerry Bought

Jerry made off with a nice haul at this auction. He sends a separate batch of photos showing the things he bought, and in some cases the prices.

First, a broom holder in walnut.


Two jars of home made soap.

Interesting read on the label.


Home made butter. Says Jerry: “Yeah I bought four pounds. It’s like putting ice cream on everything.”


A treadle Singer sewing machine for shoes and/or harness.

$15.00 but it weighs about 120 pounds.

A recently made butter mold for $5.00.

Lye soap at $4.00 a bag.
For this one Jerry says, “Allow your readers to guess.”
I can give you the price – $20.00.
Three rhubarb plants. Price: $3.00
And that wraps it up.
Thank you Jerry for another nice look at an Amish auction. And well-done on all your purchases.


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