Trucks and Tractors, Guitars & Guns!!

Trucks and tractors, guitars & guns! Those are just a few of the items that we’ve sold over the last couple of weeks. Of course, if you follow our sales, you know that we sell a lot more than just these types of items…and you just never know what you’ll find on our sales. Read on and you’ll find out what I’m talking about.

Weekday sales are very popular so on Wednesday, April 23, we headed to St. Peters, MO for a nice sale with a wide variety of items including pocket knives, fishing tackle, photography equipment and western & cowboy memorabilia as well as a truck and a nice 3-bedroom ranch home. We even sold John Wayne and “Injun Joe”! Well, actually it was a life-size cardboard cutout of John Wayne and a life-size Indian photography prop.

With only a day between our sales, we headed to Pershall Rd., in St. Louis for a 2-day sale on Friday & Saturday, April 25 & 26. The late Jerry Raftery was a painter by trade and a collector for fun. We sold one of the largest collections of blacksmith tools that I’ve ever seen with many of the pieces coming from the old blacksmith shop in Spanish Lake. A swage on a stand brought $410 while an anvil, weighing approximately 100 lbs. sold for $775. We also sold a 1989 Ford F-350 custom boom truck for $2,000 and five 1930’s Shell Oil signs for $360 each! The sale also included a collection of firearms, ammo and even a bayonet.

On Sunday, April 27th, the crew headed back to St. Peters for another great sale that included a nice assortment of household items, and lawn & garden equipment. The highlight of the sale, though, was the sale of the real estate – a 3.18 acre m/l tract in unincorporated St. Charles County. The property featured a 5-bedroom, 4 ½ bath brick ranch home with an attached 2-car garage, a 40’ x 65’ shop & shed along with a livestock shed and chicken coop. This little piece of country in the heart of convenience sold for $362,500!

Guns were the big attraction on Saturday, May 3rd for the Ultimate Defense sale. We sold 160+ lots of guns and ammo as they cleared out their inventory to make room for new merchandise. The variety of firearms sold drew a large crowd…and proved that this should become an annual auction! On Sunday, May 4th, the auction was only a few miles from my house, but I couldn’t be there because of a previous commitment. My little Thornhill bluebird has told me that it was a beautiful day for a nice sale – I’ll just have to take her word for it!

Another weekday sale on Wednesday, May 7th took us to Curryville, MO for a great sale that included…trucks and tractors, guns and even a guitar! We started out selling in two rings and sold that way for the majority of the day. We gave out 308 bidder numbers and Dusty estimated that there were approximately 600 people in attendance so it was a great day! In addition to a windmill, arrowheads, a hit & miss engine, and portable buildings, we also sold tractors and farm equipment, firearms, saddles and tack as well as a 3-year old milk cow! The ladies from the Amish community were also there selling their baked goods and I think each of the Thornhill girls came home with some fresh-baked goodies!

After a short break over Mother’s Day weekend, we’ll be ready to wrap up May with some great sales. Sunday, May 18th will find us at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds for a sale that includes firearms, antiques & collectibles, and hunting supplies. The late Richard Graf was a diesel mechanic by trade so there will also be a nice selection of shop tools as well as a 2009 Trail Bay travel trailer.

On Wednesday, May 21, we will head to St. Charles for a nice household auction that will also include a clean line of yard and garden supplies and a Cub Cadet Zero-turn lawn tractor. Please note on this sale that everything has to be removed from the property by 8:00 p.m. the day of the sale so please come prepared.

Memorial Day weekend will find us busy with three sales. The first one, on Saturday, May 24th, will be held at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds and includes shop & woodworking tools, antiques & collectibles, jewelry and two vehicles – a 2007 Mercury Grand Marquis LS Premium sedan and a 2001 GMC Sierra extended cab pickup truck.

On Sunday, May 25th, we’ll be selling a 3-bedroom, 3-bath ranch home in Elsberry. This home sits on a hill overlooking the Mississippi River bottoms and is move-in ready. A small number of household items will be sold immediately following the real estate so please be on time.

The sale on Memorial Day (Monday, May 26th) also includes a piece of real estate. The 3-bedroom, 2-bath home sits on 3.509 acres m/l in the Country Estates subdivision just off Highway 61. A nice collection of primitives and antiques will also be sold along with a 2010 Ford F-150 4×4 Supercrew Lariat, two four-wheelers, a go-kart and a John Deere 2010 gas tractor. Please be on time to the sale as this will be approximately a 3-hour auction.

We will head back to the Lincoln County Fairgrounds on Saturday, May 31st. If you miss the car on the sale on Saturday, May 24th, then you’ll have a chance to buy this 2008 Mercury Grand Marquis GS along with a collection of dolls, comic books, and trains. Please check out some of the family information on this sale under the Auctioneer’s Note at www.thornhillauction.com. There are several pieces with some neat history behind them so you won’t want to miss this sale!

We have some great sales coming up so plan to join us…real estate, jewelry, cars, camping trailers and more! To find the one thing that you just can’t do without, check out these sales and more on our web site at www.thornhillauction.com.

Lori Biehl
Clerk and Cashier

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