This was a new experience for me, not because I’ve never been to a Mud Sale, but because I went without Tony. My husband usually comes along-he helps me bid (I can be in two places at once), assists me get everything I bought, and loads things into the truck for me. Going alone was a new experience that I was nervous about, but with the husband being out of town it was a perfect distraction.
If you didn’t catch my last Mud Sale post in 2013, let me tell you a little bit more:
- It’s organized and run by Amish volunteers to benefit the local fire companies. All the items are donated and the profits go straight to the fire company.
- It’s an all day event- lasting from 7:00-7:30am- 2-3pm.
- There are quite a few auctions going on at the same time: 2 separate plant auctions, crafts, antiques, horses, building materials, yard equipment, quilts, and all sorts of other stuff.
- When I attend a new sale, in order to know where to go I just follow the crowd of people.
- If you want to get the best deals you have to wait until people get tired and go home. Or go to a mud sale when it’s raining or extremely hot. Mud Sales are being advertised much better now thanks to social media, so I can’t always find the best deal. Usually bad weather keeps people away.
- You don’t have to carry any of your stuff to the car or truck. The little Amish boys will do all of that for you, I give them a tip.
- I always bring my own chairs- I set one up at each tent I’m going to be bidding at. The seats they provide fill up quick.
This year I went in search of a few things- perennials, wood crates, and something to hang on my garden fence for decoration.
They had crates! I only paid $3 each, but at our local craft store they are $12 each.
There a lot of flowers and I did manage to get a good price on some decorative grass.
For the garden fence, I bought stars I’m going to paint. Hopefully it looks okay. I had my eye on these cute wood daisies, but they went for almost $20 each (WAY TOO MUCH). So, instead I bought 7 stars for $12. That was more affordable for me.
It was a great day even without Tony there. And I leave you with something you don’t see everyday.. (Don’t worry I took this picture when I was stopped in bumper to bumper traffic).
And this is what the Amish kids do when the sale is just about over- It’s hard to see, but they are all playing volleyball.