Gearing Up for a New Year of Auctions


During the Christmas season, I hope you are taking part in some of the opportunities to enjoy this festive time. Near my home in Springfield, Illinois, there is an event called Festival of Trees where one of the local hospitals has groups, individuals, and schools decorate trees, wreaths, and even gingerbread houses that are sold. Money from the entry fees and the sales go towards charity.

While it is a worthy cause, it also is a transformation from a nice utilitarian building at the Illinois State Fairgrounds into a winter wonderland. My husband and I went with my brother and sister-in-law. We had a great time admiring the trees and decorations, watching the train fill up with holiday visitors, and seeing the looks on children’s faces when they visited with Santa.

This was one of our favorite trees at the Festival of Trees event.    Cindy Ladage

This was one of our favorite trees at the Festival of Trees event. Cindy Ladage

Speaking of Santa, have you selected the perfect gift for the collector in your family or dropped tons of hints about just what would fit nicely under the tree for you?  

With the new year just around the corner, its time to get out the calendars and mark a few days down for some great upcoming auctions. There are several great auctions coming down the pike that you won’t want to miss.

Girard Auction – Wakonda, South Dakota

On Jan. 12–13, 2018, Girard Auctions is featuring the collection of National Farm Toy Hall of Fame member Robert Condray of Clyde, Kansas. With over 400 cataloged lots, this auction will include rare cast-iron models, remarkable customs, and more than 40 pedal tractors. Visit Girard Auction’s website for more information.

Yoder Auction Service – Frytown, Iowa

On Jan. 13, 2018, farm toy collectors get a chance to see a large array of farm toys. The sale includes mostly International toys with several pulling tractor models. The auction is held at the Yoder Auction building. For more information, visit Yoder’s website.

Aumann Auctions – Lebanon, Pennsylvania

Aumann Auctions will sell the Don Hershey collection on Feb. 17, 2018. Taking place inside a heated building, this sale will be held in conjunction with the Lebanon Valley Indoor Tractor Expo. In to 120 restored antique tractors from Hershey’s collection, there will be over 300 pedal tractors from the collection of Luther Killam. For more information, visit Aumann’s website.

Mecum Auctions – Davenport, Iowa

On April 5–7, 2018, Mecum Auctions is offering its Spring Classic, which will feature over 400 tractors. The auction will be held at the Mississippi Valley Fair Center. For more information, visit Mecum’s website.

As we celebrate the end of another year, we look forward to the numerous exciting auctions in store for us in 2018.

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Cindy Ladage

Keith and Cindy Ladage collect antique tractors, toys, literature and memorabilia. Keith does the hunting and Cindy writes about their finds and those of other collectors along the way.