What one place can you get a Pro Flow stainless double sink, a gold mining pan, jewelry, vintage and modern tools, and John Deere goods? Those in the know descend on the Delaware Agricultural Museum once a year to get their hands on those items and more at the annual auction and flea market.


What one place can you get a Pro Flow stainless double sink, a gold mining pan, jewelry, vintage and modern tools, and John Deere goods? Those in the know descend on the Delaware Agricultural Museum once a year to get their hands on those items and more at the annual auction and flea market.

The museum opens its doors for the flea market at 8 a.m., which is when the crowds start rushing in.

“There’s a line out the door at 8 a.m.,” said Di Rafter, museum director.

Guests often come in, purchase a homemade cinnamon roll and coffee, and get to shopping.

This year Rafter is expecting thousands of items to be for sale in the flea market alone.

The flea market opens at 8 a.m., and the auctions start at 9 a.m. First, head outside for the live auction at 9 a.m. Once that’s over, the group moves indoors to start the next phase of live bidding. In total, hundreds of items will be auctioned off.

Meanwhile, the silent auction runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. indoors.

All the items up for auction, both silent and live, are donated, so what will be up for grabs changes year to year. This year, guests will be bidding on Longaberger baskets, bicycles, artwork, handmade quilts, furniture, vintage toys, gift certificates, a John Deere children’s riding tractor and more.

“There’s a lot of good deals to be had, it’s not like the regular auctions where everything goes sky high,” Rafter said. “You can pick up a lot of good things for cheap.”

This is the museum’s longest running fundraiser, and it raises about $10,000 annually. That’s second only to renting space during NASCAR weekends.

Both fundraisers are essential to the private museum that is not run by the state.