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New Toys From Martin's Auction

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  • New Toys From Martin's Auction

    We seem to have been running like crazy the last couple weeks. Did the Mt. Hope Amish auction a week ago. That is supposed to be four and a half hours from us, but we got on some unmarked roads and lost for a bit. Saw a guy with a carriage in his truck at a gas station and asked directions. Easy once headed in the right direction! We sold a vehicle there, brought the other home because it didn't bring enough. It is a VERY large auction, lots of stuff for sale, horses, carriages, farm equipment, new tack, all at once. It runs several days, different kinds of horses each day and other items. I got some new muck boots and a new plastic shovel. Most horses I saw that day were in quite good flesh, well groomed. Prices were up and down, colts were cheap, you have to keep them a while before you can use them. Trained horses were going pretty well. Headed home and did NOT get lost, so it was a shorter trip. Ha Ha

    We then headed to Martin's early last Thursday to be there for Friday sale. Had a couple carts to drop off for a friend so they needed to be on the grounds early. Drove and drove, lots of road repair on I80-90 and some lovely parts were newly paved. Still the rough parts were still there, and the truck felt them even with the trailer on. The air-ride seats were much appreciated.

    Funny part, Husband bought some cartons of cold coffee drinks and put them in our drink cooler. Just trying them out because they were on sale. Opened the first one just getting on the Toll Road and drank some out of his cup. Not really thirsty for a while before getting another sip and the cream in the mix had turned to butter!! He swigged his drink and about choked. Big lumps of butterfat from the cream in his mouth and in the coffee. Had to hand him a napkin to get it out of his mouth!! I started laughing and couldn't stop. He had the funniest facial expression! Truck is a bit rough riding with heavy springs, but this was pretty silly. He said he wondered if the old Pioneers had made butter leaving the churn and cream in the back of their wagons every day? He tossed the rest of the coffee at the next stop. He got out the other carton at Martin's, it was solid butter, so it got tossed as well. These weird things only seem to happen to us and driving Ohio roads.

    I think the catalog things for sale were less in number, though better quality than in past years. I really did think they would end earlier Friday night, but there was still a lot to sell when we left at 8P. Wanted to get some good food before everything closed. I do recommend the Gin Bin in Lebanon if you ever stop there for a visit. Excelllent food, good variety of flavorful choices.

    Only was one item left on my list and there were 200 lots to go, so someone else got it. Not as many carriages and prices were often quite low. Some others like the really nice Yellowstone Wagon went well, $44000. Funny what went well and what did not. They were usually all in pretty good shape, but of course certain name brands always sell quite well. I got some Hungarian Whips, sticks with replaceable lashes. Thought we could try them out, see if we liked them. Some appeared new, others in the bundle were slightly used. Husband will have to practice, so he can use them as needed.

    Saturday is always a surprise, people still bringing stuff in while the field session is already selling. Have to keep checking on what is out there. I missed a nice tack trunk which had NOT been there on my last walk thru! I got some nice books in the tent sale, a nice cabinet of sorts in the field, a good Western saddle I hope will fit someone here. Husband got some new reins and a used Marathon carriage! That was a bit of a surprise finding it out in the lineup. Older but appears to be in fairly good condition, just used with some scratches. Weight is HEAVY, being a 4 horse vehicle. Hoping to lighten it up as he goes over it checking things. Weight plate can come off, maybe some other non-essential items too. He was ecstatic. We decided to load it on the truck with the winch instead of putting it in the trailer with no winch. Did squat the truck down a bit!! Had to lower the trailer so hitch would meet the pin for locking on!

    We stopped at the nearby TSC to get more straps for tying the carriage down. While wandering to check the clearance section, I met some guys checking the varmint live traps. I mentioned my Chipmunk problem at home, how I needed to get a smaller trap myself. However the one on the shelf was $50, so that was too much. Headed back out to help tie the carriage down and the men followed me a couple minutes later. They said they found a trap with a bonus little trap inside for chipmunks for $26. Would I be interested in buying the little trap only, if they got the set? How much? $10. I said SURE! So we did that, both of us leaving quite happy with our purchases at such reduced prices. Another bargin for me!

    Trip home was good weather, good driving, back in and out of the construction. DD took care of chores for us while gone and everyone, everything was in fine shape. Nice to be home again, no trips for a while. Enjoying the really nice weather and warm days. Lots of color starting along the roads, not peak color yet. Much harvesting going on while the weather is cooperating. Glad to be home again.

  • #2
    Love the way you write. It's like getting a letter from a family member, describing their adventures. Thank you for sharing!


    • #3
      goodhors Agree with Calling Duck, your posts are always fun to read and/or great informationally.

      You probably got the last of the Good Weather.
      I drove to Wanatah,IN with a friend yesterday to deliver a sleigh she sold,
      Turned out the buyers were lovely people, gal so excited she jumped into the sleigh the minute we unloaded it
      We ended up chatting over an hour about horses, driving & etc.
      Hope they join our Carriage Club as some members live out their way.
      Weather was a Perfect Fall Day for the roadtrip & got icky later - windy & rainy.
      Today is worse - cold w/drizzling rain.

      I had planned on going to the Topeka auction next Tuesday, but will probably skip if it stays like this since the carriages were sold outdoors in March.
      I had planned on shopping for biothtane mini harness - if nothing at the auction, then at A&R harness shop.
      From there I planned to go on to friends' in Orland, IN for a couple days & if not auction weather will just go straight to Orland.
      Thanks for the Heads Up on 80 construction.
      & LOL on poor DH's coffebutter
      *friend of bar.ka*RIP all my lovely boys, gone too soon:
      Steppin' Out 1988-2004
      Hey Vern! 1982-2009, Cash's Bay Threat 1994-2009
      Sam(Jaybee Altair) 1994-2015


      • #4
        Thank you so much for writing this wonderful description of Martin's...and your adventures enroute.

        It appears the last number of years the prices have been down far more than they had a few decades prior. Sad. I had an endurance ride this same weekend (Friday and Saturday) so was unable to go to the sale. Glad you were there, however, to let us in on the goings-on.


        • #5
          Super storytelling! I enjoyed reading your post
          I am hoping to get out to Martins one of these years...!

          Just curious if you happened to notice what those 2 seater trail carts went for, they look like the ones from a Quebec company we have down here. I'd love to have a nice trail cart!
          "If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all".


          • #6
            Sounds like all in all it was a successful trip to Martin's with a chipmunk trap bonus tossed in!!


            • #7
              Wow! Bonuses all around, and the butter story made me howl!

              I had an old K10 that rode so rough I had to batten everything down, like a boat. I even had a welder make a special latch to keep the battery in place - on more than one occasion going down poor roads I'd have white smoke pouring out the hood, pull over to find the battery had leapt off its mounting tray and went bouncing around under the hood getting into all kinds of trouble.

              Now that I actually do churn butter, I sure wish I'd thought of it back then! Could've made a mint in homemade butter : )
              Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.