Friday, March 22, 2019

The Beaver Run (Amish Run) Consignment Auction

The Beaver Run Consignment sale is held twice a year.
The Spring Sale is the 3rd week in April
The Fall Sale is the first Saturday In September
(often Easter Week-end & Labor Day Week-End)

The Fall 2020 Sale was held, so I expect the Spring 2021 Sale will be held on schedule, 4/17.  I'll post updates as I receive them.

2021 Dates - April 17th & September 4th

The Sale is located at:
Beaver Run School, 290 PPL Road,  Danville, PA 17821
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Directions: 
Take Interstate 80 to Exit 224 (Route 54 - Danville) and travel towards Turbotville/Washingtonville on Route 54 for approximately 7 miles. When you get to the light at the intersection with Route 254, turn RIGHT (Burkholder's Farm Market will be on the left). Travel for a half mile and turn LEFT onto PPL Road. You'll travel on this road for a few miles, passing PPL Utilities and a few local greenhouses. The auction will be on the right. 

By this point, you'll most likely be stuck in traffic, so follow the car in front of you to the parking lots. NOTE: Parking lot = farm field, so go slow when entering/exiting.  




 Tips For Attending:
  • If you are attending with your spouse (or anyone you share a bank account with), get two copies of your number, there will be many auctions occurring at the same time, so one of you can bid on chickens while one bids on farm equipment, for example.  :-)
  • The gates will be open the Friday night before the sale, you can get your tickets then, and buy doughnuts! (But you may want to wait until Saturday to get your numbers.  The check out lines are by number, and the early numbers always seem to be the longest lines)



  • Take an umbrella, and sunscreen, a bottle of water, and a folding chair.  Even if it's not raining, you may want the umbrella for the shade. Just be prepared to drag that all around from spot to spot, unless you only plan to watch one auction all day.  
  • Don't let anything sit unattended.  When you leave the auction, after paying, have your sales tickets handy  - they will now frequently check to make sure you paid for your items.  
  • It is advertised to being at 8:30, but I know that some years, some of the auctions have begun a bit earlier than that.  And some will not begin until afternoon - often the used furniture is not sold until after lunch.
  • It often rains for one of the sales.  it's held rain or shine.  Wear boots if it's raining, it's a big muddy field when it does.
  • Buy doughnuts, if nothing else.  They are insanely good!  They also sell BBQ chicken that is quite good, they BBQ it most of the day long.



  • If you are there for the quilts, there are handouts that describe each quilt, it's size,
  • There is cell service here, but it can be spotty throughout the day, as they are overwhelmed by the numbers of people suddenly connecting in this rural area.
  • Bring your checkbook, if you can.  They do accept credit cards now, but often those lines are longer, and slower.  (This may have changed.  Early on they did not accept cards, then they only accepted cards in one check out area, it's possible now they are accepted in all of the lines.  The organizers improve the system every year!)




  There will be many auctions occurring all at the same time, in locations all over the grounds.  Livestock and poultry, quilts, yard sale type items, antiques, landscaping, plants, flowers, farm equipment.. and so much more.  Some of the auctioneers are super funny and will crack jokes as they sell. 



 The quilts are beautiful - and watching them be sold is like attending a quilt show, with so many varieties, fabrics, and patterns.


The Beaver Run School Amish Auction benefits four Amish schools that do not receive state funds. The schools include Beaver Run, Muddy Run, Sunny Slope, and North Ridge.  The schools average a total of 90 students ages 6 through 15.  Students attend class 180 days a year and leave after eighth grade.  
There's always a chicken BBQ, and a several other options for lunch.  And it's seriously worth the trip just for the doughnuts!

Be prepared to walk - parking is across the road, and there's a good bit to see here.  There are rows of porta pottys brought in for the day.



In the spring, it's frequently very muddy, depending on how much rain fell that week.  

Right inside the gates there will be a line of stands selling everything from candy to pampered chef, but most of the grounds will be auctions, not regular sales.

This is a Sale Bill From 2016
These can often be found at the Turbotville Bank in the weeks leading up to the sale
They are all pretty similar, and there's SO much here that a sale bill will not help you much.


The Fall sale in 2011, was huge.  The spring sale in 2012 was very small.  That's not abnormal, for a smaller sale to follow a huge one.  But even a "small" sale here is usually quite large.  
There will be auctions of antiques in one tent, quilts in a building, new furniture in one building, old furniture outside, landscaping materials in one row, rows of misc large items (swing sets, storm doors, old stoves, windows, lumber, lawn chairs, hoses - you name it), a row of lawn mowers, rows of farm equipment, a tent of flowers,  a horse sale, poultry sale, goats and sheep and cows..  all happening at once. 



 Some of the sales, like the horses and the used furniture, will be at later times during the day, but there will be 6 or more auctions starting at 8:30 am, all around the grounds.


It's not uncommon to see government agencies drop by to randomly spot test poultry and check on the condition of animals being sold.


Even if you have no intentions of buying anything, this is an interesting sight to see.  There's always a variety of animals for sale, with a larger selection than any of our local livestock auctions. 

Since the commission is 20%, we rarely sell anything here ourselves, but we have often come home with a goat or some poultry in the back of my car.  I bought our heavy, solid, dining room table there for $10 back in 2010, and it's rare that I leave without buying something.  They will have skid steers to help you load larger items, and some of the especially large items like the sheds and swing sets can be picked up later - but there is a cut off on how long they will keep things there.   Poultry may sell without the crate it is in -so if you plan to buy chickens, take some carriers along just in case.  (Leave them in your car until you need them)


Some years you can find great deals!  Other years the prices will be ridiculously high.  It's an auction, so you just never know what you will see, or what it will cost. 




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