Full Speed Ahead!

Last year, I compared our fall auction schedule to NASCAR’s Cup Chase…and this year is going to be no different!  Except for one thing!  NASCAR’s first race in the Chase was just this past weekend in Chicagoland and we’re already two weekends in to our busy fall schedule!  And personally, I hope all the penalties, fines and driver issues that have been a hot topic in NASCAR the last couple of weeks don’t find their way into our line of business!

We began on Saturday, September 7 near Warrenton, MO for another sale where we sold in two rings most of the day.  This was a complete sell out for Wayne and the Late Cindy Gorham so we had a huge variety of items available…including a nice collection of antiques and collectibles, tools and household items. Cindy’s quilts, quilting equipment and supplies drew some heated bidding while the arrowheads, Indian artifacts and firearms sold in a second ring.  The 1975 Honda motorcycle sold for $1000.00.

Sunday found us between Troy & Wentzville in Flint Hill for a nice collection of items from George & Pat Dickherber.  After the rains came (and went), we were able to start the sale with a good crowd and good items.  The 1950’s Coca-Cola and Diner memorabilia garnered a lot of attention as did the pedal toys.  A Farmall Super M pedal tractor and a Fire Chief Station #1 fire truck both sold for $200.  But then we moved into the big boy toys!  A pontoon boat sold for $5100 while a Kawasaki Trans utility 4×4 Mule sold for $7300 and a John Deere Gator sold for $3800.  We also sold a 1996 GMC 2500 extended cab pickup truck for $4600 and a 1988 Ford F-700 dump truck for $4200.  We also sold a collection of items from the Late Jerry Collins Estate including a primitive wooden handled pond ice fork for $65 and a Post Office sorting desk from Sweet Springs, MO for $160!

Our third sale of the weekend took us to Bowling Green on Monday for a nice collection of antiques, collectibles, and American Fostoria.  This sale also featured coins and quilting and sewing equipment – certainly hot items this year!  The sale also included a 3-bedroom, 2 bath home with 1,624 square feet and a great backyard!

Now you’ll notice that many times, we have three sales in one weekend.  But seldom do we have three days of sales in one weekend for the same sellers!  This was certainly the case this past weekend as we sold one of the best collections of items for Tony & LeAnna Tedrick from Wellsville.  The sale on Friday night and Saturday was moved to the Wright City Lions Club.  Some of the highlights from Friday night’s antique toy and bank collection included a Home Run King tin wind-up toy that sold for $500, a tin wind-up Ferris wheel sold for $485 while a cast iron International Harvester red baby truck & driver by Arcade sold for $410 and a MO Bo Bronco tin horse sold for $430.  The highlight of the bank collection was an Eagle & Eaglette’s mechanical bank that sold for $1000!

The sale on Saturday included some amazing items…from salesman samples to a child’s high wheel wagon to antique clocks, spool cabinets and antique advertising, including many Red Goose Shoes advertising pieces.  Where do I begin with the highlights?  A Gold Crown gas pump globe sold for $720 while a CO-OP clear view gas pump sold for $2000!  A salesman sample pitchfork (cute piece) sold for $350 while a salesman sample of a Cass kitchen cabinet sold for $275!  The clocks were a huge hit with a double wheel fashion southern calendar clock company selling for $2000!  The antique furniture had some unique pieces with rotating bolt bin selling for $3700.00 and  a one-door oak curio type cabinet with leaded glass also selling for $2000 while an oak twisted rope-type carved Deacon’s bench fetched a nice $2800!  As you can see, the buyers were definitely appreciative of the quality of items that the Tedrick’s had collected throughout the years!

But the sale didn’t end there…we continued on out to Wellsville on Sunday for the balance of the sale.  A Fire Chief (Texaco) clear view gas pump…originally from the Bob Saak Station in Montgomery City, MO…sold for $1600.  A Honda Trail 70 Dirt Bike sold for $1700 while the sale highlight was the sale of a 1949 Chevrolet 5 window Couple pickup.  This show piece sold for $12,900 and was Tony’s pride and joy!

Do you enjoy a three-day weekend?  Consider spending this weekend with us as we have another three-day sale weekend.  We begin in Middletown on Friday, September 20th for a nice farm equipment sale.  Check out the ATV 4-wheelers – a Polaris 850 Sportsman XP and a Polaris Sportsman 700 True 4×4 – just in time for hunting season!  There is approximately 1 hour of miscellaneous items to be sold…and the sale will last about 3 hours…so plan to be on time for our 10:30 a.m. start time.

We’ll be headed to Vandalia, MO on Saturday for the sale of the Late Ronald E. (Mot) Motley.  A nice selection of firearms & ammo will be sold at noon and if you’re in the market for a Quail Unlimited print, then check out this sale!  There are also several Jim Beam decanters, Budweiser steins and collector’s plate.  And if you missed the toy sale last Friday, you’re in luck!  A collection of collector’s toys, cars, trucks & tractors will be sold at 10:30 a.m.

Looking for a piece of real estate in St. Charles that is zoned C-2?  Wanting a place to open your own business?  Check out the real estate available in St. Charles on Sunday, September 22.  This sale features 2.90 acres and will include two physical addresses on West Clay but will be sold as one parcel.  You’ll find a 7 room, 4-bedroom frame home with a 20’ x 24’ outbuilding at #2425 West Clay.  A 5,000+ square foot log cabin (once used as Log Cabin Antiques Shop & Studio) is located at #2431 West Clay.  What a great place to live and run a business…a pub, restaurant, studio, wine cellar, office, antiques store…the possibilities are endless!

And don’t forget about our weekday sales!  We are headed to Wentzville on Wednesday, September 25 for an auction featuring a collection of silver coins and a very clean selection of furniture, antiques and collectibles.  Please note that we will be holding a preview open house on Tuesday, September 24 from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.  Come out and set your sights on the item (or items) you’ll be taking home with you on Wednesday.

Wanting to follow all of our sales?  As always, check out our upcoming auctions and the calendar on www.thornhillauction.com.  If you come to one of our sales, and we’re sure you will, pick up a roll of sale bills to stay up with our travels!

Lori Biehl
Clerk and Cashier



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