I’ve always enjoyed a good sale. Of course I have a totally different sale in mind than that of the average female. I really don’t do Black Friday or any of those pre- or post-holiday sales that most gals just go giddy over. I will take a farm sale, estate sale or machinery action before I would dare step foot into a box store on Black Friday.
I just can’t seem to help it. Perhaps this is why I have so few female friends. They don’t understand the allure of decades worth of caked on grease and dirt that old farm equipment have on me. I stand there with my eyes glazed over, a smile on my face, with a vision of what the tractor would look like, already restored by me. I’m sure my mother wishes I was a type of gal who would be head over heals for a handsome guy that looks like a model. I might, providing he’s wearing blue jeans and a farmers tan after driving a tractor in the field all day!
For the past several years, there has been a farm machinery sale held at the local livestock barn parking lot. It’s held on the first day of the local flywheel reunion and tractor show. Even though I didn’t bid on anything this year, believe me, I made several trips through the lot just to see what was there. As always, several tractors caught my eye and a few made their way out to the fairgrounds after being purchased by the new owners.
After I go to my last tractor show in September, I’ll start looking at the sale bills in the local newspaper and ad finder for estate auction. Sometimes I can find pieces for some of my other collections: antique cameras (photograph and movie), carnival glass pieces, cast-iron skillets and cast-iron dutch ovens. I would love to go back to some of the antique malls in southern Missouri where I purchased some of the first pieces of these collections. Put that on my bucket list. Who knows? Before long I may have to build another room onto the house just to be able to display it all.
Father’s Trinkets Cherished Today
Her father saw the value in other people’s junk and told his children those items would be worth something someday.