Words were flying and items were selling fast Saturday afternoon for the latest farm toy auction in Dearborn, Missouri.
Going into its third year, the 2018 Dearborn farm toy auction sold more than 550 items from 9 a.m to 2 p.m.
Saturday’s event was the continuation of yearly auctions featuring items from two local collectors, each of whom has collected thousands of metal alloy collectible replicas.
Lead auctioneer Jim Barnett has worked at auctions for 41 years, but it wasn’t until 15 years ago that he started heading farm toy auctions.
“A lot of people just enjoy it because we are in farming country,” Barnett said. “It’s a wonderful agricultural area and people still like the farm toys.”
Similar to the passion that comic book and action figure enthusiasts share, the Midwest is home to many farm toy collectors who travel across the region to buy unique farm toys at auctions like this.
One avid collector at the auction was Rod Fridley, who made the trip from Iowa, home to the National Farm Toy Museum.
Fridley has been collecting farm toys for 30 years, thanks in part to the enthusiasm that his father had.
With a collection of more than 4,000 items between them, the two regularly make trips across the region looking for new items.
“They do everything from sandbox toys, which are fairly plain, to extremely detailed that are worth hundreds, even thousands of dollars,” Fridley said.
Saturday’s auction marked the third one they’ve already attended this month.
“Collectors have brought their toys here all the way from southwestern Kansas because we have the market,” Barnett said.