Lancaster PA Mud Sales

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What is a ‘Mud Sale’?

Many Lancaster County towns and villages are protected by volunteer fire companies. These fire companies need to raise funds to pay for needed equipment and supplies. Fire company sales have been a regular event here in Lancaster County since the mid-1960’s.

The late Winter and early Spring dates work out best for local farmers because they have more time available before the Spring planting. Since many of the items are sold outside during potentially muddy Spring conditions, these events have earned the nickname “mud sales”.

Often auctions are held both inside and outside, and sometimes numerous auctions take place at the same time throughout the grounds. You can freely move about from one auction to another looking for the merchandise that most interests you.

The items that are auctioned vary from one auction to another and include a wide variety of donated goods and consignment merchandise. Auctioned items often include furniture, craft items, quilts, building materials, livestock, buggies and carriages, tools, farming supplies and equipment, garden items, and much more. Plus, there is always lots of good home-cooked food for sale and to enjoy there.

 

Mud sales take place somewhere in Lancaster County almost every weekend through the late Winter and early Spring. Some do take place during the Summer and Fall as well. Check the schedule below for upcoming dates and locations.

So, grab the whole family, throw on your boots, and take in a mud sale for a truly unique Lancaster experience!

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Miller’s Restaurant & Smorgasbord

2811 Lincoln Highway East (Route 30), Ronks (Paradise) PA 17572, 717-687-6621

Miller’s award winning smorgasbord features mouth-watering American favorites and distinctive PA Dutch Heritage Dishes, carved top sirloin and breast of turkey, golden fried chicken, chilled steamed shrimp, baked ham and fish, chicken corn soup, baked cabbage, bakery-fresh desserts and much more! Dinner served 7 days from 11:30 am. AAA recommended.

After the Mud…

When the mud sale is over, remember there are a wide variety of fun things to see and do throughout Lancaster County for all ages. See what's going on This Week in Lancaster, or check our Lancaster Calendar of Events to find special events and shows anytime.

America’s Quilt Capital

Lancaster County has been called America's quilt capital. Many Amish quilts are passed down from generation to generation as family heirlooms. You'll find hundreds of quilts, wall-hangings, and pillows at our many quilt and craft shops. Learn more here.

Delicious Meals Await You

One of the top draws to Lancaster is the delicious food served here. That fresh-from-the-farm goodness can be delivered right to your table or smorgasbord whenever you’re ready. Check out Lancaster Restaurants and see what looks good that you might have overlooked before.

Questions about the Amish Culture?

Learn more about our Amish neighbors by visiting the Amish resources included within this website. Or, better yet, visit some of the local businesses and organizations that can answer your questions about the Amish first hand. You can even take a fascinating guided tour through the Amish country with a local expert.

2015 Lancaster County Mud Sale Schedule:

 

February 28 - Strasburg Spring Consignment & Mud Sale

See our blog post, photos, and video from 2013's Strasburg Spring Auction Mud Sale.
Strasburg Fire Co., 203 Franklin Street, Strasburg, PA 17579, 717-687-7232

 

March 6 - 7 - Bart Township Auction & Mud Sale

Bart Township Fire Co., 11 Furnace Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566, 717-786-3348

 

March 13 - 14 - Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction

See our blog post and images from the 2013 Gordonville Auction & Mud Sale.
Gordonville Fire Co., Old Leacock Road, Gordonville, PA 17566, 717-768-3869

 

March 19 - Farmersville Volunteer Fire Co. Sale

Farmersville Volunteer Fire Company, 74 East Farmersville Road, Ephrata, PA 17522

 

March 20 - 21 - Penryn Volunteer Fire Co. Sale

Penryn Volunteer Fire Company, 1441 North Penryn Road, Manheim, PA 17545

 

March 21 - Bart Township Building Materials and Craft Sale

Bart Township Fire Company, 11 Furnace Rd, Quarryville, PA 17566, 717-786-3348

 

March 21 - Airville Fire Co. Spring Consignment & Quilt Auction

Airville Volunteer Fire Co., 3576 Delta Road (Rt. 74), Airville, PA 17302 (York County), 717-862-3806

 

March 27 - 28 Gap Fire Company Sale

Gap Fire Company, 802 Pequea Avenue, Gap, PA 17527, 717-442-9549

 

March 28 - West Earl Fire Company Annual Quilt & Consignment Auction

West Earl Fire Company, 14 School Lane Ave, Brownstown, PA 17508, 717-989-5986 (No Sunday Calls)

 

April 4 - Robert Fulton Sale

Robert Fulton Volunteer Fire Co., 2271 Robert Fulton Hwy. (Routes 272 & 222), Peach Bottom, PA 17563, 717-548-8995

 

April 11 - Rawlinsville Sale

Rawlinsville Volunteer Fire Co., 33 Martic Heights Drive, Holtwood, PA 17532, 717-284-3023

 

May 16 - Weaverland Valley Sale

Weaverland Valley Volunteer Fire Co., Terre Hill Community Park, 210 Lancaster Avenue, Terre Hill, PA 17528, 717-445-5072

 

May 9 - Honey Brook Fire Company Quilt Sale & Consignment Auction

Honey Brook Fire Company, Romano 4H Center, 1841 Horseshoe Pike, Honey Brook, PA 19344, 610-273-2688

 

June 13 - Kinzer Fire Co. Mud Sale

Kinzer Volunteer Fire Co., 3521 Lincoln Hwy. East (Rt. 30), Kinzers, PA 17535, 717-442-4121

 

June 26 - 27 - Lancaster County Carriage and Antique Auction

Bird-in-Hand Volunteer Fire Company - Location: Across from the Bird-in-Hand Family Restaurant on Route 340, Bird-in-Hand, PA 17505, 717-392-0112

 

June 27 - 28 - Refton Fire Company Sale

Refton Volunteer Fire Co., 99 Church Street, Refton, PA 17568, 717-786-9462

 

August 14 - 15 - Gap Relief Auction

Benefits Mennonite Central Committee, Solanco Fairgrounds, 172 S. Lime Street, Quarryville, PA 17566

 

August 22 - Bareville Fire Company Consignment Auction

Bareville Volunteer Fire Company, 211 East Main Street, Leola, PA 17540, 717-656-7554

 

October 24 - Cochranville Fire Company Mud Sale

Cochranville Volunteer Fire Company, 3135 Limestone Road, Cochranville, PA 19330, 610-593-5800

 


 

Tell Us What You Think About Mud Sales

 

What are some of your favorite mud sale experiences? We want to know what you think. Please share your mud sale adventures and comments below.

Comments

  1. Last year I went to my first auction.I have never been to one before and I thought I would give it a try. I have had so much fun. I went to Refton Fire Company yesterday and had a blast. I like the antiques and crafts. Seeing everyone work together to put on such an awesome event is heartwarming! I love it

  2. I am looking for building materials and I love auctions. I have been wanting to start the mud sales for a while now. Time has arrived. Any recommendations for the best ones for building materials? Tools and things for working diy around the home? I want to attend my 1st this spring. I hope it becomes a tradition.

  3. West Earl Fire Co. 26th Annual Quilt & Consignment Auction
    There has been a date change for this years Auction.
    This years Auction will be held on March 22,2014.
    For further information you may want to check our website: http://www.westearlfire.org or our Facebook page: West Earl Fire Station 29.
    Thanks for your interest and we look forward to seeing all on the 22nd of March!!

  4. Thank you.

  5. John Foster says:

    My wife and I started the tradition of spring and fall mud sales 15 years ago. Can’t tell you how much fun and memories of the sales we have experienced. We have given quilts to all of our children, not to mention the ones we could never part with. We have bought everything from crocks to even a Amish made all-wood canoe that is the envy of all my buddies. We specifically like Penryn, Gordonville and Cochranville. We found our first sale by accident just riding around one day. What a difference the sales have made in our life.

  6. Irene Gibson says:

    I know the Amish have a few mud sales in the Fall. Don’t they have the Haiti Auction in September? What information do you have on fall sales?

    • There are three more sales this Fall. They are listed on our Mudsales page at http://lancasterpa.com/mud-sales/. By the way, the Amish don’t host these sales – they are presented by local volunteer fire companies to raise funds. As for the Haiti Benefit Auction, the next one in Pennsylvania will be held in Bird-in-Hand next July. They are also conducted in a number of other states throughout the year. You’ll find the details here. Hope that helps.

  7. Do you know yet what date in 2014 is the Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction? We are over from the UK next March and would like to visit it if possible. Thanking you in anticipation. K

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