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Shipshewana Auctions, Shipshewana
From pigs to horses, antique dressers to vintage toys, old-fashioned auctions have put Shipshewana on the map.
“$20... $40... $50... who’ll give me a $50 bid?” The words roll of the auctioneer’s tongue and the crowd gets into every second of the excitement at antique auctions every Wednesday. Eight to 10 auctioneers call for bids as visitors move from ring to ring to catch the best deals on every type of antique and collectible merchandise imaginable.
Even if you aren’t looking to buy pigs, cows or hay, it’s a great dose of country life if you move on to the Wednesday livestock auction. It all started in 1922 when six pigs, seven cows and several head of young cattle were sold at the home of George Curtis during the very first livestock auction. Now Shipshewana Auction is home to two major auction barns, three weekly auctions, and a number of specialty auctions. Every Friday horse lovers from all over the United States join in for the weekly auctions of driving, work, and saddle horses and ponies.