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! **
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.
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.
CONSIGN BY MAY 15th AND YOUR ITEMS WILL BE ADVERTISED IN OUR COLOR BROCHURE MAILED TO OVER 5,000 PEOPLE!
For more information or to list consignments, contact:
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%
QUILTS & RELATED ITEMS
(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%
MINIATURE HORSES & PONIES…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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.