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Mud Sales in Amish Country

The Art of the Sale

A mud sale in Lancaster County is like the Mardi Gras to New Orleans – it is an experience you do not want to miss. However, the average mud sale can be overwhelming for the first-time visitor. If you’re planning to attend a mud sale read our top 10 tips on mastering the art of the sale. Also included in this month’s newsletter is a schedule of all the mud sales happening in Lancaster County.

A mud sale is an auction that raises money for the local fire company. Most of the auctions are Amish run. It is their way of giving back to the community. The typical mud sale sells anything from Amish made quilts, farming equipment, baked goods to handmade furniture. Attending a mud sale is the perfect place to get a good deal on quality products while still giving back to the local community.

1. Shoe choice

It’s called a mud sale for a reason. Most mud sales happen in early spring when the ground is starting to thaw out, which results in lots of mud. Lancaster is also known for its heavy rainy season so bring an umbrella just in case.

2. Cash, Check, Credit

It’s always a good idea to have several payment methods available. While all mud sales accept cash and personal checks, some are advancing and even accept credit cards. Check first at the registration desk and inquire about accepted forms of payment.

3. Partner in Crime

Attending a mud sale with a friend is important. You will need someone to save your seat during bathroom breaks. You’ll need a helping eye because auctions are fast pace, sometimes it is hard to keep up! If you are a serious bidder, you’ll also want someone to save your seat as you stuff your face full of whoopie pies.

4. Go hungry

Mud sales are famous for quilts, farming equipment and buggies but don’t forget the most important part of the sale- the food! You can look forward to chicken corn soup, soft pretzels and chicken BBQ. You won’t be able to miss the tables filled with whoopie pies, fasnachts, strawberry pies, and breads.

5. You snooze, you lose

Go early to get the best seat and to start previewing the merchandise. We suggest you arrive around 7 am and plan to stay the whole day. If you arrive late, parking can be hard to find.

6. Get your lucky number

You will find the bid numbers at the registration table. They will need to see your driver’s license so don’t leave it in the car. At the register table don’t forget to pick up a program. This is where all of the items to be auctioned are listed.

7. Rhythm of the sale

Each auctioneer has his own style, but it’s always fast-paced. We suggest that you never bid on the first offered amount, instead let the price drop and then jump in. The price can increase very quickly so it’s important to know the style of the auctioneer.

8. Don’t go crazy

Try to stay cool, calm and collected during the auction. Getting emotionally attached to an item will cause you to overbid and over spend.

9. Full Buggy

A full day of purchases will leave you with more than you can handle. It’s always a good idea to plan how to get all the goodies back home. Sometimes the Amish children that are hanging around will help take your purchases back to your car for a small fee.

10. Have Fun

This is the most important tip. Take in this one in a lifetime experience and enjoy the food. We also encourage you to come to our farm and take a tour. We’d love to hear about your mud sale stories.

2020 Mud Sale Schedule:

February 29- Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud sale 

Strasburg Fire Company, 203 Franklin Street, Strasburg PA 17572 717-687-7232

March 7- Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale

Bart Township Fire Co., 11 Furnace Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566, 717-786-3348

March 14  – Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction
Gordonville Fire Co., Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566, 717-768-3869

March 21- Penryn Volunteer Fire Co. Mud Sale
Penryn Volunteer Fire Company, 1441 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545 717-664-2825

March 21 – Airville Fire Co. Spring Consignment & Quilt Auction
Airville Volunteer Fire Co., 3576 Delta Road (Rt. 74), Airville, PA 17302 (York County), 717-862-3806

March 21  – West Earl Fire Company Annual Quilt & Consignment Auction

West Earl Fire Company, 14 School Lane Ave, Brownstown, PA 17508, 717-989-5986

March 27 – Farmersville Volunteer Fire Co. Mud Sale
Farmersville Mud Sale, Farmersville Volunteer Fire Company, 74 East Farmersville Road,
Ephrata, PA 17522, 717-354-5094

March 28-  Gap Fire Company Mud Sale
Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Avenue, Gap, PA 17527, 717-442-8100

April 4 – Robert Fulton Mud Sale
Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Co., 2271 Robert Fulton Hwy. Peach Bottom, PA 17563, 717-548-8995

April 11 – Rawlinsville Mud Sale
Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Co., 33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, PA 17532, 717-284-3023

April 18- Schoeneck Fire Co. 
Schoeneck Fire Company 125 N King Street, Denver, PA 17517 717-336-6767

May 4 – Fivepointville Auction
Fivepointville Fire Company, 1087 Dry Tavern Road, Denver, PA  17517, 717-445-4933

May 9 – Honey Brook Fire Company Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction
Honey Brook Fire Company, Romano 4H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344, 610-273-2688

May 16  Weaverland Valley Mud Sale
Weaverland Valley Volunteer Fire Co., 403 North Earl St.,  Terre Hill, PA 17528, 717-445-5072

June 13  – Kinzer Fire Co. Mud Sale
Kinzer Volunteer Fire Co., 3521 Lincoln Hwy. East, Kinzers, PA 17535, 717-442-4121

June 25-26 – Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction

Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company 313 Enterprise Drive, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 717-392-0112

June 27 – Refton Fire Company MudSale
Refton Volunteer Fire Co., 99 Church Street, Refton, PA 17568, 717-786-9462

August 8- Gap Relief Auction
Benefits Mennonite Central Committee, Solanco Fairgrounds, 172 S. Lime Street, Quarryville, PA 17566

August 15- Intercourse Fire Company Consignment Auction
Intercourse Fire Company, 10 North Hollander Road, Intercourse, PA   17534,  717-768-3402

August 22 – Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction

Bareville Volunteer Fire Company, 211 East Main Street, Leola, PA 17540, 717-656-7554

September 19 – Gordonville Fall Sale & Auction
Gordonville Fire Co., Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566, 717-768-3869

October 24 – Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale
Cochranville Volunteer Fire Company, 3135 Limestone Road, Cochranville, PA 19330, 610-593-5800