hello - I psted last month about a building supply auction I went to
last month where I let some large piles of Walnut get away from me. The
next auction is tomorrow in Lancaster County PA (Between Philadelphia
and Harrisburg). Their website description is lame but it says "wood,
oak, & cherry; hardwood molding" This means there may be something.
See http://www.wolgemuth-auction.com/Lumber.htm for more details.
If anyone from the wrec wants to go I'll be glad to give you directions
and buy you a cup of coffee. If you cant go, but want me to bid on some
cherry for you just e-mail me and we'll work somethng out like being in
contact via cell while bidding is going on. I will monitor my gmail
email account throughout the day.
I was at a Wolgemuth tractor auction last month. They are a very good
group of people and run a great auction. I was outbid on a tractor I
wanted and am still kicking myself. They advertise in "Lancaster
Farming" and hold auctions all the time. If anyone is interested, this
newspaper lists lots of auctions every week. I see lots of woodworking
equipment listed. Sometimes whole shops. A subscription is $40 per
year and is a weekly. I do not have any connection with them except
that I subscribe and enjoy their newspaper.
I went today to their "lumber" auction. A lot of stuff as usual, some
crap and some real deals. They had a Northfield uni-point 16" RAS up
for auction. I had never seen one of these beasts in person. It seemed
in good mechanical shape, was obviously used in a production shop for a
long time. The handles had the kind of wear you would expect on a
production saw. I figured if I could get the thing for a couple of
hundred I could trade or sell it to cover my next planer or jointer
I didn't stick around for the Cherry that was up for sale, it looked a
little too twisty for my tastes.
The saw sold for $450
Those auctions are a business; instead of having a store, they have
"auctions". They have to sell darn close to retail or they would lose
money. They have them around here every few months.
At least that is my read on it, never having bothered to go to one.
I have been to this one many times. Yes, its a business. The seller
pays the auctioneer a commission. This is an 'absolute' auction with no
reserves. Many a bargains can be had, especially if no one else is
interested in what you are bidding on. Most of what is at this
particular auction is surplus, scratch and dent or misordered custom
building supplies. Several times I have seen entire contents of a
closed up hardware store go up for sale by the skid lot. Sometimes
lumber is cull piles, sometimes lumber is recycled (like old barn
beams). Sometimes there are trusses, whole sets, that may have been the
wrong size or something. I was talking to the guy selling the walnut,
he had no say in the price whatsoever. Usually the seller is not
present, this was an unusual case. He gave a brief speech before the
auctioneer started, saying kiln dried, stored for so many years,
selling because he was moving, etc. with the hopes of enticing a higher
bid. This auction does NOT sell retail merchandise (Well, actually a
guy does have a table with cheap import tools and stuff). This is a
true auction marketplace. Things only sell for what someone is willing
to pay for them. No minimum bids at all. I have gotten cabinets for $1
several times in the past. Got a nice solid cherry cabinet for laundry
room for $10.
Yes, there is also sometime some bidding hysteria. Sometimes 2 people
get caught up and over pay IMO. I have seen pre-cut 2x4s going for $3
each when they were on sale at the orange store for $2.69.
I am not affiliated with them, just a past satisfied customer.
Don't know that they're all that way but in general auctions are not my
cup of tea either.
Even if the auction's a "one-off" deal rather than like some of the
perpetual garage sales you see (talk about a growth in "home
businesses"<g>) you still have to contend with "auction fever." That's
where seemingly sane people lose sight of the actual value of what
they're bidding on and the goal becomes "I've got to have that at all
I rarely bother with auctions of any sort (other than Ebay where I can
snipe) for that very reason.
I've had much better luck hitting "estate sales" and even garage sales.
Not unlike a fairy tale, "you gotta kiss a lot of frogs to find a
prince," but you can often stumble across some really good deals. All
it takes is patience and money in hand.
Sorry I missed this! I'm over in York - I'd have been interested. I see
there's on on 12/8 - do you know anything about that one? I may go to it.
If you see anything like this again, shoot me an email -
As to the thread on auctions - I've purchased a lot of my tools at auction.
It's a great way to get some really good tools at great prices. Yes, I've
been to a lot of them and didn't buy anything. Many I went to and spent 10
minutes looking, and left because the stuff was junk. But I've also picked
up some real gems -
Its funny Nick - I go to this one every month I can. It ends up being 4
or 5 times a year. They seem to always have a lot of the same stuff.
I'm not sure how given 95% of what they are selling gets bid on. What
they do not always have is hardwood although they have had some the
last 2 or 3 times I have been. I think its the same guy clearing out
his stash. GOOD tools are few and far between. They had a newer (Past
10 or 15 years) craftman table saw. It was a POS and went for $100.
Also a craftsman RAS, not sure what it went for. This time they had
truckloads of those yellow fiber glass extension ladders. Most were
used but there were a few that looked new. They were going for about
$100 for the new ones. I got my PC compressor there, it was new but had
slight damage to the intake filter. New filter part was only a couple
of bucks. I paid $85, new it was $300 IRC.
The most interesting, and auction fever area, is a big flatbed trailer
of what looks like returns from Harbor Freight! This trailer has been
at the auction for the past 2 months. I steer clear but a lot of folks
congregate and way over pay for some of that junk.
Doors, windows, electrical, plumbing and tons of odds and ends.
Definitely a few gems. One gal bought a pile of counter-tops, the kind
with sink bowls cast in them, for bathrooms. Must have been 15 or more
tops in that pile, for $1.
I will be out of town on 12/8 for business. Its easy to get to. Take rt
23 into Leola, turn left on Maple Ave (There is a big red brick
Methodist (I think) church on the corner), parking will be on your
right. Meander in and get a bidder number (No cost), then browse
around. If you bring someone with you make sure you both have cell
phones or 2 way radios. They run 8 auctioneers at once and sometimes
you need to split up to watch different things.
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