I have been getting calls from people asking what happened the annual Iron Memories book featuring antique tractor stories. To the disappointment for readers without the internet, the printed book has been discontinued, but the antique tractor stories go on. You no longer have to wait a whole year to read new stories, and it is FREE. All you need to do is come to the Iron Memories website and select the stories button from the tool bar to read the stories that are submitted.
As the first of the three big holidays arrive this weekend please don't forget to put safety first. Many of you will be travelling. The roads will be full of vehicles pulling trailers; everything from RV's to equipment on its way to an event. You have heard these same tips over and over but it never hurts to review them again
1. Get rest, don't start out on a trip without proper rest. Impared judgment often can lead to an accident
2. Buckle Up, not only is this for your safety, but this is the time the law is watching for violators. Costly mistake not to wear your seat belt.
3. Don't drink and drive, once again it impares your judgement, and can lead to a costly as well as deadly mistake.
Reading the blogs that Donna wrote about all the events and shows all over the U.S. caught my interest. My interest in all the antique equipment and the history behind it just gets my curiosity stirring. No, I do not wish I would have lived back then, but I do understand and appreciate the challenge and hard work that the farmers did each day to survive.
That brings us to today and summer threshing shows. They give all of us just a taste of what farmers had to do in the past. I say just a taste because I go to shows and walk around and watch other people crank the tractors and pitch the oat straw in the threshers.
Get off the interstate and out of the city and you will find there is a whloe new and interesting world out there. This is something that I cannot express enough to anyone looking for something to do on vacation.
The cost to take a family on vacation will zap a savings account so quickly that you won't know what happened. The price of admission once you get there makes many attractions out of reach for some families. Did you know there are hundreds of places around the country that have free or nearly free admission, some only ask for a free will donation to help fund the project.
Now that winter is finally behind us it is time to start thinking about something besides moving snow. For those that live in the south, snow is this really cold white stuff that falls from the sky, piles up, and makes it hard to drive... I know, you knew that.
Anyway, back to the fun part. Our Show and events calendar is really getting full. If you are looking for something fun to do no matter what part of the country you are in you can, no doubt, find an antique tractor or equipment event to attend or participate in.
As I write this, it's the beginning of a new year. There's been a lot going on in the antique tractor hobby. Some collectors have been dispersing their collections, while others keep adding to theirs. Just when you think you have the pricing figured out, another auction or private sale goes by and new information has to be added to what you thought you knew. Later model tractors continue to be increasingly popular and implement signs are very fast also. Lawn tractors continue to be very active as does the memorabilia side. There are many different kinds of collectors. From cast iron seats to the old steel wrenches. I couldn't name all hobby collections, but if your interested they are all fun.
Over the past twevle months the individual in charge of compiling retail stats for antique tractors and combines for my company has commented that there were fewer of these types of equipment advertised for sale. At first I would say something like I felt that it would get better later on, or some other reason, but that never happened. The end of the year tally is in, and the retail numbers of antique tractors and combines advertised was down by 32%. On the other hand the same equipment types increased by 28% in the auction marketplace for the year. How ever the auction numbers did decline during November and December 2014.
With the exception of a couple of large antique farm equipment and memorabilia auctions the amout of antique equipment selling at farm equipment auctions is down considerably from November.
While compiling results for my December monthly auction report it became apparent that there seemed to be fewer peices of antique farm equipment sold than during the thirty days prior to my November report. After doing a numbers comparison I found that I was correct in my assumption, Not only were the numbers down some, they are down by 36% over November.
As the holiday season is fast approaching I would like to take a minute to thank all of our readers and wish you a happy holiday season no matter what beliefs you may have. Be thankful you live in a country that you can have that belief.
What is the value of my antique tractor, sign or other memorbillia? This question is one I hear often. I have to say it depends on many factors including condition and cash flow which are big contributors. Many of you have restored your antique tractor and have no idea what the traffic will bear when you decide to sell it. Maybe dad had an old feed sign and now your are cleaning up the homestead and want to sell it. Even a professional appraisal is not the clear answer. Most of the time the economy plays a big part, even a skillfully done full restoration may sell for a small amount if the prospective buyers don't have the capital to pay, and vice versa.