Mud Sale

It’s Time to Get Muddy!

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At a Mud Sale that is ūüôā¬† ¬†If you’re looking for something specific, you very well might find it at a mud sale.¬† Be aware they start early and we’re happy to make you a hot “grab and go breakfast” so you still get our B&B breakfast to give you the energy to stay till the end of the auctions.

Here’s the 2019 Mud Sale Schedule and a little report of what we’ve found at each one in years past.Glass Oil Bottles found by Carriage Corner at a Mud Sale

  • February 23, 2019 –¬†Strasburg Spring Mud Sale¬†We’ve won the auctions on several beautiful quilts and some wonderful outdoor furniture at Strasburg.¬† I’ve also seen some gorgeous paned glass windows that went for a song.¬† Unfortunately, we were to late to be able to purchase any of those.
  • March 2, 2019 – Bart Mud Sale¬†Bart was probably my favorite of the auctions.¬† Seriously!¬† I never even went into the firehall to see the quilts.¬† We bought 2 twin beds which Mr. Carriage Corner turned into wonderful benches.¬† The plants were also plentiful, although you really have to be on your game to get a good price on the plants.¬† There were loads of Amish gathered round bidding on the plants.
  • March 9, 2019 – Gordonville Spring Mud Sale & Auction¬†Gordonville is known for their antiques and collectibles.¬† Although they only have the Saturday listed, the last 2 years they have auctioned the majority of the antiques on Friday night.¬† So, if that’s what you’re looking for make sure you check in early.¬† Gordonville also had amazing quilts and loads of collectibles such as glass oil bottles with the metal carriers.
  • March 16, 2019 – Penryn Mud Sale
  • March 16, 2019 – Airville Mud Sale
  • March 16, 2019 – West Earl Mud Sale
  • March 21, 2019 – Farmersville Mud Sale¬†This was another great sale!¬† Most of this one happened inside the firehouse.¬† The quilts were gorgeous, but the ladies auxiliary knocks themselves out with the doughnuts!¬† If nothing else, you wanted to attend this one for the baked goods.
  • March 23, 2019 – Gap Mud Sale
  • April 6, 2019 – Robert Fulton Mud Sale¬†We have guests who have come two years in a row to attend this sale.¬† Last year they won the bid for several peanut jars – in both pink and green!¬† Being a Nosy Nelly, I asked what she got them for – honestly it was between a third and half of what I’d seem them go for at Gordonville.
  • April 13, 2019 – Rawlinsville Mud Sale
  • April 20, 2019 – Schoeneck Mud Sale
  • May 2019 – Fivepointville Mud Sale
  • May 11, 2019 – Honey Brook Mud Sale
  • May 18, 2019 – Weaverland Valley Mud Sale
  • June 2019 – Kinzer Mud Sale
  • June 22, 2019 – Refton Mud Sale
  • June 27 & 28, 2019 – Lancaster County Carriage & Antique Action¬†This is the Bird in Hand Mud Sale – the weather is generally hot!¬† You’ll want to go by on Thursday and take a look around.¬† Get your bidder number and decide what you want.¬† This sale, like a few of the others, has lots of antiques and collectibles and dealers are in attendance.¬† So come prepared to pay a little bit higher price than you might at other sales.


What Can You Expect to Find?Sample Treasures from a Mud Sale

Quoting from The Official Mud Sale Guide you‚Äôll find items such as: ‚Äúbuilding materials, horses, ponies, tack and feed, antiques, Amish-made furniture, craft items, buggies, carriages, tools, farming equipment and supplies, tractors and engines, groceries and produce, garden items, shrubbery, plants, sheds and gazebos, sporting goods, firewood, housewares, and some of the most amazing Amish quilts one could ever find.‚ÄĚ

Some Tips

We’ve found that if you can stop by the venue the day before you can have a good look around and get a schedule of the auction times for the day of the auction.¬† It’s also helpful to get your bidder number in advance of the auctions actually starting, that way you don’t miss out on something you really want while you are standing in line waiting for your number.

I also find it really helpful to know what I’m looking for and what I’m willing to pay for said items.¬† I am a tough cookie when it comes to auctions and I have a firm “don’t go over” number in my head from the get go.¬† I’m also not good at deciding if I want something in the heat of the moment – I could still kick myself for the missing out on a beautiful singer treadle when the auctioneer said sold (for $12!) while I was still trying to puzzle out where I would put it.¬† Don’t be me.

Book your rooms early and book direct!¬† The mud sales are incredibly popular and we will fill up.¬† As I mentioned, we have a few grab and go hot breakfast items we’ve been working on to get you out the door earlier so you won’t miss a thing.

What Is A Mud Sale?

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vintage lawn game purchased at the Farmersville Mud SaleThis is a question we get asked often Рwhat is a mud sale?  Are they selling mud?

The answer is no, they are not selling mud.  But you may be up to your knees in mud while attending one.

Mud Sales

A mud sale is basically a community fundraiser that supports the fire department.¬† In Lancaster County many of the fire departments are volunteer.¬† Over the years, they have figured out what does and doesn’t work to generate funds to support the fire department.¬† Mud Sales are the Giant Dahlia Quilt purchased at the Strasburg Mud Salething!¬† Because the mud sales start at the end of the Winter and many of the items are being auction off in the field, the fields can get quite muddy – hence the name.¬† Pro Tip:¬† Pack your wellies.

What Can You Buy at a Mud Sale?

I think a better question would be – what¬†can’t you buy?¬† You can buy hand quilted Amish Quilts; furniture; buggies; horses; outdoor furniture; architectural elements and all manner of crafty items – from birdhouses to wooden flowers.¬† ¬†Pro Tip:¬† Know what you are looking for.

Beautiful wood swing purchased at the Strasburg Mud Sale


At each of the mud sales we attended last year – the Ladies Auxiliary was set up and selling food – coffee, water, donuts, and corn chowder to name a few of the items readily available.¬† Also, there were several food trucks on the premises so you don’t have to leave when you get hungry.

Things to Know

Earlier this year, I wrote a blog post about attending the Mud Sales last year and what we learned.  Hopefully it will help you too.  The Mud Sales 

Vintage sled and old cast iron pot bellied stove purchased at the Gordonville Mud Sale

Are Coming!


I posted the schedule through March on our Area Attractions page.

Book Your Stay

When you book your stay for one of the mud sales – let us know in the comments that’s what you’re coming in for.¬† We are offering a ‘grab & go’ breakfast for the people who want to get a jump start on the day.

We love going to the Mud Sales and look forward to hearing about your adventures and seeing your treasures!

What Happening Around Town?

So – why would you come to Lancaster? I mean, what is there to do? I’ve been doing some research – some of the actual attended it myself and had a great time variety and some of the online variety.

Swing in the front garden of Carriage Corner for relaxing and watching the buggies go byIn the next couple of weeks there are some really, really fun things happening. Seriously – if you’ve never been to a mud sale – get yourself out here. We’ve now been to 3; Strasburg, Gordonville, and Farmersville. Most likely, your first question is what is a mud sale? Well, typically, the mud sales happen in the Spring (check) when the snow is melting (check) and the fields are full of mud. So, bring your boots and come prepared to get dirty. Next, everything at the mud sale is sold auction style, so when you arrive get your bidder number. Also know that everything sold supports the fire department of the city/town/village that is holding the mud sale. Last – know what you are looking for and what your top bid is before you go in. Everything – and I mean literally everything – is available to be bought (won) at the mud sale.

At the Strasburg sale we managed to pick up an Adirondack chair for the yard and a beautiful swing. Jay also added a bunch of birdhouses to the yard and we’re enjoying watching the birds find them. We also found 2 quilts – a beautiful one for Dahlia’s bed and one for the pull out in Log Cabin.

Beautiful antique desk purchase at the Gordonville Mud SaleAt the Gordonsville sale we couldn’t get near the quilts if we tried, and we did try. Gordonsville’s sale was HUGE! We managed to stumble into the yard furniture section just as they were finishing and picked up a couple of candy colored chairs and a table for the back yard. There are plans for a fire pit and you need to be able to sit around it. We also picked up some fabulous furniture which has been cleaned and moved into the B&B. Lancaster Rose has a lovely new dresser and the snack station has a new sideboard that has room to house the table linens.

Finally, at the Farmersville sale – I found the quilt of my dreams and hubby won the bid on it. ¬†We also bought several quilts, some for the B&B and some for resale. ¬†That wasn’t our original intention, but we ended up with many, many beautiful quilts and we don’t need them all. ¬†So, if you are staying here and fall in love with the hand quilted quilt on your bed, ask – it might just be for sale. ¬†Quilt of Dreams, Cathedral Windows Quilt on Carriage Corner Owner's Personal Bed

If you haven’t already figured it out – I had a fabulous time at the mud sales. ¬†I’m going to start a list of the things I need in preparation for next years’ sales and be on the look out for that one just right piece that will complete our vision of the B&B and make that perfect blend of comfort and relaxation.

The mud sales aren’t over yet – the Gap Mud Sale is this coming weekend, Friday, March 24th & Saturday, March 25th . ¬†And there are sales in early April, May, June, August, September & October, the full list of sales can be seen here. ¬†The Gordonville Fall Sale is a another good one for getting a hand-quilted quilt – and it’s not too early to book your room now.

Also happening around town in the near future? ¬†Gardenspot is hosting their annual full & half marathon on April 7. ¬†If you book a room – let us know if you need drop off and pick up service for the race. ¬†We’re happy to provide that to make your race a little bit easier.

That will get us into early April. ¬†May will bring the rhubarb festival at Kitchen Kettle Village – but more will be coming about that soon. ¬†So – talk to me people, the comments are working – what do you want to know about? ¬†Do you want recipes? ¬†Do you want to know what inspires me to try a new breakfast? ¬†Do you want to see more pictures of the B&B? ¬†Or do you just want to know what specials we are offering? ¬†Talk back to me – I want to know and I’m looking forward to hearing from you.