This past Saturday was my first experience going to a farm equipment auction!

To me there seemed to be a lot of stuff, but I was told that the summer auctions have even more tractors, trucks, wagons, and such.  It can take a while to auction everything off. 🙂

The auction isn’t strictly limited to farm related equipment.  One of my favorite things at the auction was this sleigh.  We didn’t stay long enough to see what it went for, but I thought it was fun.

The part of the auction that I found the most interesting was how much certain things went for.  The item that surprised me the most was a kicker hay wagon that sold for a little over $2,000 when a regular hay wagon in great shape sold for under $400.  A lot if the pricing is affected by the season and if it was summer, Daniel said that the hay wagon would have brought twice the amount.

It just shows how much more I have to learn in this farming adventure!    It was a great experience and I am glad that I got the opportunity to go.

Do you have any auction stories?


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About Leanna Hale

Leanna Barth, born and raised in NC, first came to Polyface in July 2010 to attend one of the Intensive Discovery Seminars. She loved it so much that she applied for an internship position and was accepted for the 2011 season, after which she took the inventory/gardener position. Before coming to Polyface, she sold produce from her family’s market garden, along with homemade baked goods. This venture was mostly inspired by having read “You Can Farm” by Joel Salatin. Having always loved the outdoors, animals, and gardening Leanna is excited about this coming year, all that she will learn, and how the Lord will use this job later on in her life.

5 Responses to Sold!

  1. There are no farm auctions in this part of Canada. When I was a kid, there was a monthly auction about an hour away, it included the livestock sales as well as equipment and other stuff, but it was already dying when I first went to it, and it was gone a few years later. I believe they still happen in other parts of the country though, like the Cariboo, the Prairies, etc, where there’s more agriculture.

  2. Ugh. Lots of them. Here’s the basic theme. I get up early to go look at whatever it is I’m looking for…maybe a gravity wagon. I think, “Gosh, dad sold his 15 years ago for $200 each. By weight they are probably worth $250 now. I have seen them sell for $450 recently. I can’t go over $500 even for the one with good rubber. Then I get a pork burger and stand there watching them sell for a minimum of $900.

    I find auctions to be a good way to keep my money in my pocket. Livestock auctions are even better. Gives you a chance to look over a lot of stock and see how well you can guess their value.

  3. Leilani says:

    I love auctions, I get into trouble at them if I go alone, my husband and I do MUCH better when we go together. We either talk each other out of paying more than we want to for something or we agree to spend the money mutually.

  4. cyndi lewis says:

    Not ever been to one… we’ve been craig’s listing for what we need.

  5. cng says:

    if I go alone, my husband and I do MUCH better when we go together. We either talk one another out of paying more than we need to for something or we agree to spend the money mutually.