One Saturday every summer, this
Amish farm in Trempealeau County, Wisconsin, becomes the site of an
auction to raise money for the Amish school that serves the area.
It is an important annual event for the many Amish who donate items to be sold or
auctioned, who work at the auction, and who buy things here for their homes and farms.
And it is a popular event
for the many "English" folks who attend, hoping to go home with
some bargains and/or a unique handmade treasure.
There are various
auction locations at the farm, and there are often two auctions
going on at the same time. At one location, livestock and large farm equipment
At another, about an equal number of Amish and English men bid on hand tools, work clothes, guns,
and other "guy things."
mowed field near the house, there are rows and rows of used items
brought to the farm by both Amish and English folks for a consignment auction --
among other things, old wringer washers, toys, TVs, air conditioners and furniture that
has seen better days. Looking over
the items in that field brings to mind the saying, "one man's trash
is another man's treasure."
Before this old kitchen
furniture was auctioned off, it provided a convenient spot for a
group of young Amish men to gather for a visit.
The most popular auction
is in the barn where new handmade Amish furniture, baskets, rugs and
quilts are put up for bids. That auction goes on ALL day long,
and receives a lot of attention from English and Amish alike, but for
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