10 Views From Yoder’s Consignment Auction (Shipshewana)

Jim Halverson shares a nice batch of photos from Yoder’s Consignment Auction – including a shot of the most expensive Amish buggy I’ve, and maybe you’ve, ever seen.

Yoder’s Auction takes place twice a year in Shipshewana in northern Indiana. As you’ll see from Jim’s pictures, it draws quite a crowd. The latest event took place two Saturdays ago.

First, come hungry, and you’ll be taken care of. Haystacks are hearty, layered dishes, served in both a breakfast and lunch or dinner version. The breakfast edition will consist of ingredients like biscuits, ham, peppers, onions, sausage gravy, cheese, and more. I should stop listing ingredients now as I’m getting hungry and my next breakfast is still many hours away.

The event is held at a local Amish farm (“Yoder Family Farm”).

Here is the simple description from the sale’s Facebook page (from a prior year):

Large auction, anything from livestock to furniture!
This auction takes place twice a year.
Sale Order is as follows:
8:30AM- Wagon loads of Misc.
Drawing for sale order of horses at 8:30AM to sell at 9:30AM;
9:00AM- Hog, dairy, and farm equipment, sporting goods, new & used furniture, appliances, bicycles, shop tools, and lawn & garden items.
9:30AM- Horses.
10:00AM- Buggies.

These two stands are selling ice cream rolls and fried pies.

Buggies make up a large portion of the sale bill.

Here we have a 2017 model, with just one minor flaw. I doubt a broken speedometer would be a big deal-breaker on this one. Not as critical on a buggy as on a car, is it?

To the right here you see the auction “topper” which sits in a truck bed and is slowly driven along the rows of items. The auctioneer does his thing through the window. The company is Detweiler Auctions of Shipshewana.

Amish auctions are events for the whole family.

So here’s that pricey buggy I was talking about. Or at least the interior, which gives a clue to its reported sticker price of $20,000. Plush and comfy. Not your typical Amish buggy seating, though we have seen the car-style seats here before. The owner told Jim that is was “a real custom job.” It may have also had a better suspension. For comparison, Jim notes that he observed other buggies selling in this community in the $12-14,000 price range.

This buggy was part of a buggy maker’s “booth” showing the types of lights which could be added to Amish transport. This community, unlike some others, is very lighting-friendly.

Thanks to Jim for another great set of photos.


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    1. Gail

      Getting in touch in Wisconsin

      I live in Madison, WI and would like to find listings for sales and fundraisers in my state. I’m not good with the computer. Is there someone I could email to find out about events?

    2. Al in Ky

      Thanks for this post, and the good pictures. I’ve been to this auction twice in April. I enjoyed browsing and visiting the vendor booths as much as the auction itself.