Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Auction


*Please note you may see incorrect dates posted on other websites.

THANK YOU! The bidding and buying at this sale provides the Hand-in-Hand Fire Company with financial resources to continue their good work of fire protection in the Bird-in-Hand area.


The vision of the auction is to provide a good, clean market for both consignors and buyers, raise funds for the Fire Company, and create a community event bringing all kinds of people together. Our wish is that the auction will maintain high standards and continue to offer quality merchandise.

Our goals are to continually strive to be fair and ethical and grow the auction by attracting both buyers and sellers. We are excited that it has turned into a destination for many travelers who find it to be an enjoyable day. It is pleasing to us when many satisfied people leave the grounds with their pickup trucks and trailers full of quality purchases when the auction is over.


The Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction began in July of 2000 when Weavertown Coach Shop hosted the National Carriage Makers’ Reunion in Bird-in-Hand. Jake King and Elam Petersheim, a local antique dealer wanted to clean out the corners around their shops and barns where extra items had accumulated. With potential buyers coming to the area for the reunion, Elam and Jake scheduled a small sale on the day before the get-together. The news of the auction spread by word-of-mouth and 60 other people brought consignment items. It was a successful day and a fun addition to the reunion.

Those who attended the sale encouraged Elam Petersheim, Jake King, and Paul Stoltzfus of Leola Coach, to make the auction an annual event. For seven years the auction was held at Elam Petersheim’s farm on Belmont Road east of Gordonville. The auction grew steadily every year.

In 2008, the sale moved to the village of Bird-in-Hand on land made available by the Smucker family. Proceeds now benefit the Bird-in-Hand Fire Company. The sale has remained a quality auction with over one hundred carriages sold on consignment as well as quilts, collectibles, antiques, tools, plants and other quality merchandise. The response has been so overwhelming that in 2013 the Thursday afternoon and evening Early Bird Auction was added since there were too many items to sell on Friday alone



This is a sample schedule, but things do change from year to year. **Times may change. See the sale day catalog on Friday morning for the final schedule. Rain or shine! **


  • 3:00 pm Grab-n-go auction food starts: Homemade pizza, wings, salad bar, dessert & drink ($15 adult, $8 child, 3 & under is free).
  • 4:00 Early Bird Auction – 2 or 3 blocks will be selling shrubbery/flowers, crafts, antiques/ collectibles, small tack items, tools, and more. NOTE: No carriages or horses will be sold until Friday.
  • 8:00 End – Gute Nacht!


  • 8:00am Antiques & Collectibles
  • 8:00 am Row Items
  • 8:00 am Shrubs, Flowers & Nursery Items…NOTE: All items on the nursery blocks are sold by the piece. Example: If 2 hanging baskets bring a $10 bid, then buyer purchases 2 baskets for $10 EACH ($20 total)
  • 8:00 am Harness, Tack, Carriage Appointments & Horse Related
  • 8:30 Crafts
  • 8:30 Misc. quilt items
  • 9:30 Wagon loads of misc. household
  • 10:30 Quilts – catalogued
  • 10:30 Furniture
  • 10:30 Miniature horses & ponies – catalogued
  • 12:00 Specialty items (sheds, fairy gardens, iron crafts)
  • 12:30 20′ Round pen, bedding & dog food
  • 12:30 Carriages (accessories sold first) – catalogued


  • Carriages, coaches, buggies, sleighs, wagon
  • Good antique items
  • Furniture
  • Blacksmith tools
  • New & used tools/equipmentQuilts (homemade/handstitched), crafts, collectibles
  • Horse & carriage related items
  • Miniature horses & ponies (40″ maximum)
  • **No junk, appliances, or farm equipment except antique & primitive items like old hay wagons, walking plows, etc.


Consignments Drop-off

Staff members will be present Tuesday through Thursday to help consignors unload their wares and display their goods. On Wednesday and Thursday there will be 24-hour security and on Thursday the food stand will be open from noon till dark.

2022 Consignments will be accepted:

Tues. week of the sale  8am-12pm*
Wed. week of the sale  8am-8pm
Thurs. week of the sale  8am-2pm (auction starts @ 4:00pm!)

ABSOLUTELY NO CONSIGNMENTS after 2:00pm on Thursday.

MINI HORSES should be brought in Friday morning (but must be consigned by general consignment cut-off above) and they are sold in the order they’re consigned.

*Tuesday’s consignment processing will stop promptly at noon, because another organization must prepare for an event on the auction grounds on Tuesday afternoon and evening.

Need a hauler?  Call the auction office and leave a detailed message with name, address, phone, and what you need hauled. We have a handful of dependable individuals making regular trips to and from our area at competitive rates.2

How to Consign


For more information or to list consignments, contact:

  • Carriages & General Consignments: Jake King 717-768-3299 or Paul Stoltzfus 717-656-0038
  • Mini Horses: Amos Zook 717-556-0378
  • Quilts: Christian A. Stoltzfus 717-397-4079
  • Crafts: Christ J. Stoltzfus 717-768-0684
  • Shrubbery: Ephraim Huyard 717-656-1444
  • Vendors: Steve Esh 717-768-0304
  • General Info: 717-945-4945

If your access to a phone is limited, feel free to write to us:
Jake King  c/o LCCAA
3007 Old Phila. Pike
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505


ALL ITEMS except quilts, carriages & ponies

(Total combined sales per category) Total Sales…Minimum Commission…Commission Rate

$1 – 150…..$1.00…..25%
$151 – 500…..$37.50…..22.5%
$501 – 1,000…..$112.50…..20%
$1,001 – 1,500…..$200.00…..17.5%
$1,501 & Up…..$262.50……15%

CARRIAGES (Per item)
Total Sales…Minimum Commission…Commission Rate
Up to $1,000…..$10.00…..15%
$1,001 – 1,500…..$150.00…..12.5%
$1,501 – 2,000…..$187.50…..10%
$2,001 & Up…..$200.00…..8%

(Total combined sales)
Total Sales…Minimum Commission…Commission Rate
$1 – 200…..$1.00…..15%
$201 – 1,000…..$30.00…..12.5%
$1,001 & Up…..$125.00…..10%


No reserves under $1,000 per item.
No sale fee is 3% or maximum $75.00.
No consignment checks will be sent out for less than $5.00.

All proceeds benefit the Bird-in-Hand Fire Company.


Your donation of an item 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, a gift basket, or something else.

• 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.



Stay at a Bird-in-Hand Property! The Bird-in-Hand family of properties are located in the historic village of Bird-in-Hand in the heart of Lancaster County’s Amish farmlands.
Choose from a variety of lodging properties for your stay:

  • Family lodging with an array of activities at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn, located directly across from the auction grounds
  • Historic, upscale country lodging at the Bird-in-Hand Village Inn & Suites
  • Clean, friendly, affordable lodging at Amish Country Motel
  • Quaint country lodging at Travelers Rest Motel
  • Clean, quiet camping with spacious sites at Country Acres Campground

For more information or to make a reservation, call 800-665-8780 or visit


ONLY 2 MILES FROM THE AUCTION GROUNDS! Draw back the curtains and take it all in! Surrounded by Amish farms, AmishView Inn provides the intimate atmosphere of a bed & breakfast with the amenities of an upscale Lancaster, PA hotel. Room types include standard double queens, studio suites, one bedroom and two bedroom suites and the new, Grand King.



100% of the concession profits goes to the Fire Company, so go back for seconds! Besides the main food tent, you will find other stations throughout the grounds to grab a quick drink or bite to eat.  Menu items typically include:

  • Breakfast sandwiches
  • Bacon/Egg/Cheese or Sausage/Egg/Cheese
    Baked in Pretzel Dough – meats by Stoltzfus Meats
  • Ham & Cheese Sandwiches
  • Pulled Pork BBQ – donated by Miller’s Smorgasbord
  •  Subs
  • Hot Dogs & Sauerkraut
  • Hamburgers/Cheeseburgers
  • Soups: Chicken Corn, Ham & Potato Chowder
  • French Fries
  • Soft Pretzels w/ Cheese Sauce
  • Cheesedog wrapped in pretzel dough
  • Fruit Cup donated by Kegel’s Produce
  • Homemade Donuts (made on site)
  • Whoopie Pies
  • Pie Slices (community made)
  • Homemade Ice Cream – WATCH THE FUN!
  • Homemade Drinks: Iced Coffee, Iced Tea, Lemonade
  • Homemade Fruit Smoothies  – donated by Kegel’s Produce
  • Drinks: Coffee, Gatorade, Turkey Hill Drinks, Soda, Water
  • Bottled Water donated by JM Lapp Plumbing & Heating
  • Ice Cream Trailer: Root Beer Floats,
  • Milkshakes, Sundaes, Waffle w/ Ice Cream


Centrally located on the auction grounds, a secure area will be available to store your purchases for a few hours while you continue to bid. SAVE YOUR TICKET STUBS! They are required to check items out of this area and before leaving the auction grounds.


SECURITY NOTICE: How the Checkout Process Works

SAVE YOUR TICKET STUBS! They are required to check out merchandise before leaving auction grounds. A secure area is available to keep your merchandise after purchase. You will need your ticket to check items out of this area.



  • Plenty of parking is available in the fields adjacent to the auction grounds. Fire police will direct you.
  • Bringing a trailer or RV to the sale?  Not sure where to park?  Enter from N. Ronks Rd. and look for signs on the NORTHWEST side of the auction grounds.  Help us fit lots of trailers by parking close together.  We’ve had requests about parking overnight in this area.  You are welcome to do so at your own risk.



We may be in the country, but we provide more than a barn for your comfort needs! Clean portable toilets and handwashing stations are located throughout the auction grounds.



The parking area is graciously donated by the Levi Beiler family. They give up one of their harvests to plant grass for us. You will find the area fairly flat and easy to manage strollers, wheelchairs, and wagons.



Please contact an event staff volunteer for any security, emergency or first aid needs.



Please expect up to a 30 minute wait after purchasing items before attempting to pay for them. Our clerks work as quickly as possible. Thanks for your cooperation.



There will be staff available to help. We have lifts available for heavy items. Small off road equipment to assist in transporting goods will be available, along with extra hands! No vehicle traffic is permitted through the auction complex before 3:00 pm Friday. Items may still be loaded during this time, but please do not disrupt the auction.



  1. This is not an absolute auction.
  2. Cash/check/credit card settlement on day of sale. Visa/Mastercard/Discover are accepted, subject to 3% processing fee. All checks must be accompanied by a bank letter of credit or be given prior approval by a Sale Committee Member.
  3. No sales tax or buyers premiums.
  4. Unsettled accounts will be turned over to a bill collector.
  5. Owner has 2 days to remove merchandise from Sale Grounds, after which (unless other arrangements are made) the Sale Committee will dispose of items as seen fit.
  6. The Sale Grounds are closed on Sundays.
  7. Sale Committee is not responsible for the condition of any item sold. Please inspect your items before purchasing.
  8. Sale Committee is not responsible for any accidents, injuries or thefts that may occur on the Sale Grounds.
  9. Items resold privately will be subject to a commission fee.


In the event of severe weather, we suggest taking shelter in your personal vehicle.  Auction Committee is NOT responsible for any weather related accidents or damage.  They will do their best to give warning of pending bad weather.



The Carriage Auction’s goal is to create a good, clean environment for families, bidders, consignors, and our community volunteers. We ask that vendors and consignors respect this environment and refrain from offering items that are discriminatory, degrading, racial, or drug- and alcohol-related. The Committee reserves the right to refuse any consignors, vendors, or items that do not meet these guidelines or are otherwise deemed unacceptable. We consider attendees and vendors to be our Guests for the day on our auction grounds. 



Misrepresentation of an item (i.e. presenting a reproduction as an antique) is not acceptable.  Please help us run a clean, honest auction!


Hand-in-Hand Fire Company
c/o Carriage Auction
313 Enterprise Drive
Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505
717-945-4945 (for general auction questions, leave message)

  • Carriages & General Consignments: Jake King 717-768-3299 or Paul Stoltzfus 717-656-0038
  • Accounts Receivable: Sam King 717-278-3683
  • Horses: Jonas Petersheim 717-768-7485
  • Quilts: Christian A. Stoltzfus 717-397-4079
  • Crafts: Christ J. Stoltzfus 717-768-0684
  • Shrubbery: Ephraim Huyard 717-656-1444
  • Vendors: Steve Esh 717-768-0304
  • General Info: Fire Hall Phone 717-392-0112


When using a navigation system to find the auction grounds, use this address and it will take you directly to the parking field (For GPS purposes only. This is NOT a mailing address):
338 North Ronks Road
Bird in Hand, PA 17505
(Rt. 340, across from Bird-in-Hand Family Inn & Restaurant)

*TRAILERS & RVs – Enter off N. Ronks Rd. and look for signs in the northwest area.  Remember to park close together, so we can fit lots of trailers and RVs in this section.  You are welcome to park overnight, but it is at your own risk.


  • Bird-in-Hand Family Inn
  • Amish Country Motel
  • Travelers Rest Motel
  • Country Acres Campground
  • Bird-in-Hand Village Inn & Suites
  • Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant & Stage
  • Bird-in-Hand Bakery & Cafe


  • The Smucker Homestead (auction grounds)
  • The Levi Beiler Family (fields for parking)
  • “Thank you to our INCREDIBLY DEDICATED VOLUNTEERS. This auction could not operate without you!”