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The 17th Annual Carriage & Antique Auction was a huge success!


Thank you to everyone who came out, looked for treasures, enjoyed some food, and placed some bids! Both our bidder numbers and attendee numbers were up, which of course means increased profit for Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company. 

Of almost 1,800 bidders, about 40% were from out-of-state–and some traveled as far as from Ontario and California! Of course, we had fantastic local support, too, as always.
We would like to send a special ‘thank you’ to D&E Woodworks and a group of individuals, who donated a children’s play-set to the auction. The large play-set brought in a total donation of $2,800 for the Fire Company on its own–and we are very grateful.
            Play-set Donation
We look forward to next year’s auction and hope to see you again! The 2017 dates are being confirmed and we will post them as soon as possible.


You Made a Great Auction

Many thanks to our community and guests who made this year’s auction a success!  We officially had a “mud sale” for the second time in 17 years.  While we are thankful for the dangerous storms missing us, our thoughts and prayers are with the folks in West Virginia who endured those terrible storms and are struggling to find their loved ones.  Our hearts are heavy for you.

The tentative dates for next year’s sale is Thursday & Friday June 29 & 30, 2017.  However, be sure to check back in December for finalized dates.

The Auction is Here!

The time is now–our 17th Annual Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction is here!

Come see us today, Thursday June 23rd beginning at 3:30pm, and tomorrow, Friday June 24th starting at 8am to bid on hundreds of wonderful antique, garden, collectible, and decorative items.

If you’re hungry this evening please join us for the Haystack dinner and an unforgettable taste of home-made Lancaster County food.

Auction Items


The tentative schedule for today and tomorrow is as follows:

THURSDAY, June 23, 2016

  • 3:00 pm Grab-n-go auction food
  • 3:30  Early Bird Auction – 2 or 3 blocks will be selling shrubbery/flowers, crafts, antiques/ collectibles, small tack items, new tools, and more. NOTE: No carriages or horses will be sold until Friday.
  • 4:00 pm Haystack Supper (served  “til it’s gone!”)
  • 8:00-ish End – Gute Nacht!

FRIDAY, June 24, 2016

  • **Times may change. See the sale day catalog on Friday morning for the final schedule. Rain or shine! **
  • 8:00am Antiques & Collectibles
  • 8:00 am Row Items in the Field
  • 8:00 am Shrubs, Flowers & Nursery Items
  • 8:00 am Harness, Tack, Carriage Appointments & Horse Related
  • 8:30 Crafts
  • 9:30 Wagonload of misc. household
  • 9:30 Quilts & related items – catalogued
  • 10:30 Furniture
  • 10:30 Miniature horses & ponies – catalogued
  • 12:00 Specialty items, Round Pens, Bedding, Dog Food
  • 12:30 Carriages – catalogued

Join with thousands of others who come out to support this truly unique, truly enjoyable experience. Proceeds from the event directly benefit the volunteer firefighters of Bird-in-Hand Fire Company. The event is located on route 340 in picturesque Bird-in-Hand, PA across from Bird-in-Hand Family Inn & Restaurant (338 N. Ronks Road, Bird-in-Hand PA 17505 for those using GPS). We thank you greatly for your support and hope to see you soon!

It’s Almost Auction Time!

Carriage & Antique Auction Draws Locals And Visitors Alike 

Big Auction.  Little Town.  Great Community Spirit.  

Our 17th Annual Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction is just around the corner–scheduled to take place next week! Thousands of people, both locals and tourists, attend this one-of-a-kind experience. The auction takes place at 3:30pm on Thursday, June 23rd and begins again at 8am on Friday, June 24th. 

Not-to-miss activities include authentic, freshly prepared food at the Amish Haystack Dinner, spirited bidding on antiques and treasures, ranging from quilts and heirlooms to plants and miniature ponies, and rows and rows of antiques which will be displayed in the picturesque fields of Bird-in-Hand, Pennsylvania.

Proceeds from the sale benefit the Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company, and the community teams up with firefighters to help run the auction, keeping things efficient and organized.  Purchases from locals and visitors help to ensure that we can continue to provide fire protection services to the Bird-in-Hand community and surrounding areas, and are very much appreciated.

Fire Company President Tim Hoerner noted, “When there is a crisis, the community depends on the Fire Company, and the firemen depend on the community to help with fundraising efforts to keep their equipment and training up-to-date.  It’s a win-win for everyone.”  This statement is certainly accurate–and attendees and volunteers leave the auction each year feeling satisfied and happy, having supported a good cause. Please join us to experience this incredible event in person. Hope to see you there!

Consignments Wanted for 17th Annual Carriage & Antique Auction!

When & where is the auction?

Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction
Thurs. & Fri. June 23-24, 2016
Bird-in-Hand, PA (along Rt. 340, across from Bird-in-Hand Family Inn & Restaurant)

What can I consign?  
  • Carriages, coaches, buggies, sleighs, wagons
  • Good antique items
  • Blacksmith tools
  • New & used tools/equipment
  • Quilts (homemade/handstitched), crafts, collectibles
  • Horse & carriage related items
  • Miniature horses & ponies
How do I get on the mailing list to receive the early consignment catalog in the beginning of June?

Email Amy Wissing or call the auction office 717-945-4945 and leave a detailed message with your mailing info (postal, email or both.)

Where do I find more info?

Download the attached form for more info or visit our website of LCCAA_Consign_Now_flyer_2016_web


Spring Cleaning?

Have an Item to Donate to the Carriage Auction?

Your donation of an item to our 17th annual consignment auction generates 100% profit for the Fire Company. Here are some ideas:

  • Gather a few friends to collaborate on a homemade project such as a quilt, piece of furniture, or a gift basket
  • Pull together some business associates and donate a high value item for our noon specialty sale. We will recognize your businesses in our flyer and on the auction block.

Receipts for tax deductions are available for items over $250.
For questions or to donate an item, please contact Jake King 717-768-3299.SpringCleaning

Donated Items Give Carriage Auction a Boost

Page1_16Good weather, good attendance, and good bidding all made for a very good Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction on June 25 & 26, according to Coordinator Jake King. With the tremendous backing of the Bird-in-Hand community and the help of 400 volunteers, this year’s auction went smoothly and grew in numbers and profits.

It is amazing that 5,000 auction-goers gathered in our small village for the events on Thursday and Friday. There was a 7 percent increase in registered bidders and a 14 percent increase in consignors. However, it was the large number of donated items that pushed the auction profits up by 65 percent. These donations included tack, antiques and collectibles, a runabout carriage, furniture, and several quilts.

This year the Carriage Auction was advertised as many auctions wrapped into one event. Read what attendees said about each individual auction.

Early Bird Auction

We own a craft and antique store four hours north of here close to the New York state line. We are finding some very good deals at the Thursday evening auction.“- Towanda, PA


Plant Auction

We have come to this auction for many, many years – even when it was held on the farm on Belmont Road. For us from New England, the flowers are a bargain.” – Massachusetts

This auction gets bigger every year. It is very well organized and the community works very hard to pull it off. I love that the wagon boys take my flowers right to my door.” – Bird-in-Hand, PA (next door neighbor to the auction)


Main Auction

After 30 years of storing our carriages, webrought them today to sell at this auction.” – Orwigsburg, PA

We love horses and carriages and do some competitive driving. We watch the auction for a while and find out the prices. We come just in case we see something we want! Wouldn’t miss it!” – Central & Southern New Jersey


Thank you to the many volunteers who helped make this a successful fundraiser for the Fire Company


Community member Ruth Petersheim designed, quilted, and donated this special quilt honoring the Hand-in-Hand Fire Company. The winning bid was $700!






Page1_3-0004Perennials and annuals have become a major draw for both the Thursday and Friday auctions. The Fire Company appreciates the local support at these blocks.








This runabout was donated by local businesses and individuals. Proceeds helped offset auction overhead costs.

Community Spirit Beats the Rain at 2013 Carriage Auction

2016-01-16_14-19-55Rains fell, winds blew, and tents collapsed. Everyone in the Birdin- Hand area will long remember the challenging week for our Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction, June 24-28, 2013. But the very best memories are of an incredible spirit that rose up out of our community as the weather swirled relentlessly and crisis after crisis demanded that we work together to save our auction.

In spite of having to prepare for the sale in drenching rain and destructive winds, Organizer Jake King summarized the 2013 auction this way. “The community effort was awesome. Even though the profits were down because of extra expenses, the event was still successful. The success came in the way the community people pulled together to do whatever it took to solve the problems caused by the weather. Attitudes were great – no complaints or long faces. The weather brought out the good, better, and best in people.”

2016-01-16_14-22-53 2016-01-16_14-23-09 First ever Dutch Oven meal on Thursday evening sold out in spite of having to rearrange serving lines, change cooking times and locations, and eat at tables with pools of water at everyone’s feet.

The Better… Friday, the day of the sale, dawned sunny and beautiful. A record number of 5,000 attendees, including 1,525 bidders, carefully walked over sawdust-covered mud on the auction grounds and enjoyed buying, eating, and fellowshipping.

The Best… Countless community people stepped up to do whatever was necessary, even setting up a 100′ x 160′ replacement tent in the middle of the night. And donors, such as the Robert J. Gunterberg Charitable Foundation, came forward with contributions to help cover the extra expenses. We, the Bird-in-Hand Fire Company, are very grateful for a supportive community and thank each of you for standing with us during the 2013 auction week.2016-01-16_14-23-26

The Year 2012 in Review

  • Answered exactly 100 calls 50% structure fires 50% rescue, automatic fire alarms, vehicle fires, or EMS assist calls
  • Participated in 33 firefighter trainings for a total of 1,115.5 hours. There were four cooperative trainings with other companies plus training with Gordonville ambulance for vehicle rescues.
  • Installed new UHF radios in the trucks for the new county radio system. The new system provides more range and improved building penetration for the radio signals.
  • Finalized details for our new tank truck, which is expected to be in service in 2013.
  • img83 Sold 180 carriages, valuable antiques, lots of food, and more merchandise than ever to 1,200 bidders at the Carriage and Antique Auction on June 29. A hearty thank you to all of the volunteers!
  • At our Memorial Day weekend chicken barbecue we sold 2400 halves and on Labor Day weekend 2200 halves. The February 25 Pot Pie Dinner totals were 1,113 meals and 1,081 take-out quarts.
  • img87Hosted 1,900 runners in the Half Marathon, 5K, and Kid’s Fun Run on September 6 & 7. We served a spaghetti and Amish pizza supper on Friday evening and held our Fire Company Picnic under the big tent on Saturday afternoon until the rains came.img85
  • Prepared for Superstorm Sandy on October 27 by rounding up pumps, sandbags, hoses, vacs, chainsaws, and chains. We brushed up on firefighting tactics for wind-driven fires and prepped our backup dispatch base. Crews were at our station 24/7 during the storm.