Lancaster PA Road Trip – 9 of 14

Welcome back everyone to our Lancaster PA road trip part 9 and picking up where we left off last.

While continuing our journey around Lancaster, PA traveling the country roads we decided to take a moment to walk a bit and play some Frisbee with Emma.  As we were playing we could hear off in the distance the rolling sounds of a voice that almost sounded like a concert being held in the nearby park.  As we got closer the words were still non-distinguishable but had a beautiful, melodic tone that was peaceful to our ears.  Suddenly it became obvious to us, we had spontaneously stumbled upon a rare opportunity to observe a good ole fashioned auction being conducted.  What a hoot this was to mill around the different boxes packed with goodies that you just had to have but really didn’t need.  Remember the old adage, “one persons junk is another’s treasure”.  Well one thing for sure was there was a lot of treasures being sold to some happy folks.

In researching the topic of Auctions we stumbled upon an awesome WordPress site called The Mike Brandly, Auctioneer Blog.  On his site he has wrote a post called the History of Auctions.  He cites the National Auctioneers Association for a comprehensive history on auctions.  Excerpts include tidbits such as auctions have touched just about every century for as far back as 500 BC when women were auctioned off as wives…  In Rome, Italy, around the time of Christ, auctions were popular and it is recorded Roman Emperor and philosopher Marcus Aurelius sold family furniture at auctions to satisfy debts.  American auctions date back to the Pilgrims arrival on Americas Eastern Shores in the 1600s and continued in popularity during colonization.  The first auction school is believed to have been started in the early 1900s by auctioneer Carey M. Jones in Davenport, Iowa called the Jones National School of Auctioneering and Oratory.  If you click on the before noted link you will discover Auctions are alive and well in the USA and there are a lot of legalities surrounding them.

We felt tickled to have stumbled upon this moment and hope you enjoy the photos and sounds of this spontaneous moment.

Well this is it for today.  If you by chance didn’t see a previous part please click on one of the links below and be whisked directly there,

Don’t forget that if you have time you can check out Audrey on Instagram for more interesting photos.

Well, we hope to see you again and until then have a great day and keep looking up.


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41 thoughts on “Lancaster PA Road Trip – 9 of 14

  1. LOL. Isn’t it the truth about it being so hard to resist getting caught up in the fun of it all. You can get some good stuff if you pay attention. Isn’t God amazing how He does things like this. We are always smiling at how He shows us His love and humor. And the times when we blow it He brings us back with such tender love.

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  2. I love auctions. Sometimes I go just to see all the pretty, and not so pretty stuff people are selling and what it sells for. I found a match to a table that I got from my Granny that is older than my mom at a local auction. We had searched high and low for the match to that old side table, and low and behold, God put it a couple miles down the road from my house. He sure is good to me. AND blessed me with not another soul bidding on it 🙂 which is a miracle in itself because our local down the road auction, hubby jokes folks will bid on a box of candy wrappers and jar lids LOL. $5 later that table is sitting in my living room 🙂

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  3. It’s Always so nice to hear and see an auction, last week my son was auctioneer by a big auction and even a real bunker came on the hammer. It was a big bunker, and there where also 30.000 books inside. Auctioneer is not an easy job, the man in you nice video is very fast, but with expensive objects it’s not possible to do that. The man how buy the bunker have to pay € 70.000,– and than follow the other numbers (900 in one evening). A very nice blog Tom and Audrey, when you will see my son, you can look at my new blog, why do you not follow my site? Greeting for both of you and a hug for Emma.

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  4. Cool pictures and video. Do you think Hosea bought back Gomer at an auction? Makes sense when you think of all the items used to redeem her. Like an increasing bid.

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  5. This is nice to hear that you enjoy or meeting with others. We are loving the diversity of everywhere we go and have been blessed to meet so many also out there enjoying life. We are so happy to have you along with us to share with.


  6. I enjoy reading about the people you meet. You folks are special. I was talking to someone the other day and we touched on the fact people are not as friendly even in campgrounds as they used to be.

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  7. Really fun! And even better when you have a partner to share it, yes?

    According to Hamid (my friend with the store), when people look eager the price is likely to go up in faster increments because the auctioneer knows “civilians” will keep bidding back and forth for a while no matter whether it’s $1/bump or $10 (regulars pretty much know the budgets and buying habits of the guys with the shops – as do the folks running the auctions).

    Some regulars actually run up the price on purpose, because they want something ELSE and want a particular “competitor” or two to pay more for items they are eager to buy so they’ll run out of funds before the lots or items the “escalators” want to make SURE they go home with (without paying a fortune) come up for bid.

    That’s why Hamid cautioned me not to give away what I was really there to bid on or how much I wanted it – which was A LOT! I was pretty broke, but this was a Bucket List wish, so I had to try.

    I had been on the hunt for a Hoosier I could afford for YEARS. They could be *well* over a thousand in NYC -back then- even for the simpler ones. Easily 2-4 times that now, depending on age and condition, and how many original goodies are still remaining.

    I had never found one anywhere for much under $800 – which I gladly would have paid if I had the bucks. I *really* wanted one!

    Mine was one of the simple ones to begin with, and was one of the ones that had been painted, so probably NOT the most beautiful wood beneath. But it does have its flour sifter and original sliding surface, brackets, etc, so I wasn’t sure how much it would go for in Tennessee – or if I could afford it even there.

    God smiled. I got both cabinets for just under $200, and Hamid delivered them for me, so I was an extremely happy girl.

    Life’s just one big reality show – we ALL have our strategies!

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  8. We didn’t bid on anything but you could feel the electricity in the air. People were so focused on obtaining that which was on bid. It was so entertaining to see the competiveness of wanting to win the bid. The auctioneer was incredible but you could see he was wore out at the end. We’re sure he wanted to go home an soak his tongue and lips in solitude. So cool you got the Hoosier and a story to go along with it. Ain’t it great to step into the unknown and come out with a smile.

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  9. WHAT FUN! Did you bid on anything?

    I got one of my two precious Hoosiers and a smaller matching cabinet at my first (and only) auction, just after I left NYC and landed in Tennessee. I lucked out since it was among the last things put up for bid in the very last lot, and most people had already run through their budgets and headed out with their goodies.

    Through a tip from the auction-hound who accompanied me there, I didn’t let on to *anyone* what I was interested in (by word, facial expression or body language), asking newbie questions and chatting excitedly about my very first auction to one and all — pretending to enjoy it for its entertainment value alone as my friend bid on items for his little “junque” and antiques store.

    I had my own bright idea to participate tentatively in “fake bidding” on a few items I knew would go for higher prices, bailing early with a crestfallen look on my face, hopefully leading anyone paying attention to me to believe I wouldn’t be able to outbid them.

    The combo worked – I got the Hoosier for *significantly* lower than anticipated, including the little side cabinet, because the bidding started low, and the raises remained tiny. I think the auctioneers were ready to go home and were not looking forward to packing up furniture — that probably helped as well.

    It was wonderful fun, but the caller flat out wore me out after hours of same. I truly don’t know how he was able to keep it up until every lot had been bid.

    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD/EFD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to educate a world!”

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  10. This is so kind of you to say J.J. As we travel about we are discovering so many wonderful people and incredible stories of generosity, love and overcomers that inspire us to not take for granted anything. Our putting fears aside has opened so many roads. It is so nice to have you along with us!!!!

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  11. I once wandered into an auction and wound up with two chickens! You’re so right about the melody of an auction. Hypnotic voices that just make you want to raise your hand and bid! How do they talk/sing that fast? 🙂

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  12. What a fun and spontaneous time you all had at the auction!! That’s a great video you included as well! 🙂 One day I’ll have to make it to an auction to see what it’s all about. Hope you’re doing great!

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