The day after Christmas is traditionally a huge shopping day at the malls.
This Dec. 26, at least one suburban auction house is planning a sale, offering antiques, samplers, collectibles and tools. And two other auctions are set for Dec. 27.
Beginning at 9 a.m. next Friday, Alderfer Auction Co. in Hatfield will feature some "good Americana furniture," associate Lon Klemmer says, adding that post-holiday sales have long been an Alderfer tradition. (A New Year's Day sale also is planned.)
Among the highlights are a tiger-maple bedroom suite, a dovetailed blanket chest, and a Pembroke table that Klemmer expected to bring $400 to $600. (The market for "brown" furniture remains soft, based on conversations with auctioneers and reports of prices realized.)
Also featured will be several hundred pieces of new Fiestaware, beer steins and advertising items (notably a wall-mounted Mail Pouch chewing tobacco thermometer), as well as a vintage tricycle and a Rhoades car, the contemporary four-wheel vehicle that drives like a small automobile but is pedal-powered. Klemmer says the thermometer and the trike should sell for $300 to $500 each.
Tools include woodworking hand and power tools and heavier equipment such as a three-ton floor jack.
Preview will be noon to 3 p.m. Wednesday and 7 a.m. to sale time next Friday at the gallery, 501 Fairgrounds Rd. For more information, call 215-393-3023.
Horse-drawn vehicles and farm machinery and equipment will be offered beginning at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 27 at 882 Old Airport Rd. in Douglassville, Berks County, by Kenneth P. Leiby, who is liquidating the collection of the late George Sabo, a chiropractor and collector.
"He was a farm boy interested in unique and unusual items," Leiby says, adding that a second sale of estate items will be scheduled.
The vehicles to be offered Dec. 27 include a horse-drawn doctor's carriage, 14-foot and 18-foot Gruber hay wagons, a 14-foot flatbed wagon with wood-spoke wheels, a blue paint-box wagon, two one-horse sleighs, box sleighs, bobsleds, and a spring seat wagon, as well as a wide variety of spare parts.
Leiby expects this assortment to sell for $800 to $2,000, with the doctor's carriage possibly going for $2,500. A Titan eight-horsepower hit-and-miss engine could bring $4,000, he says.
Among farm vehicles in the sale are a four-wheel horse- drawn manure spreader and an antique McCormick grain binder and reaper. Farm primitives include blacksmith and early tools, walking plows, cultivators and corn planters. Ice saws and treadmills, including horse treadmills, also are included.
Would-be bidders can visit the location during normal working hours the week of the sale. Detailed listings can be seen at
(select the Pennsylvania home page, which has an alphabetical listing of auctioneers.) For more information, call 610-562-3929.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 27 in the Bucks County community of Jamison, Robert H. Clinton and Co. Inc. will offer a variety of furniture, accessories and county collectibles and tools, including an Excell power-washer with a 2,750 psi capacity.
To be offered are a Queen Anne camelback sofa, a country pine dough box with handles, and an antique country tall case clock. The auction also features a collection of brass handbells.
Preview will be 8 a.m. to sale time at the sale site, the Warwick Township Fire Company banquet hall, 2390 York Rd. (Route 263). Information: 610-847-5432.
Playthings at Slosberg's.
Beginning at 10 a.m. Sunday, Barry S. Slosberg Inc. will conduct its traditional Christmas toy auction in Port Richmond, featuring a wide variety of European and American brands of dolls, Lionel and American Flyer trains, collectibles, and novelties.
Among top items, Slosberg associate Rob Goldstein says, are a late-19th-century German goat pull toy with a presale estimate of $600 to $800; an early-20th-century Arman Marseille bisque head/kid body doll ($350 to $500); and an American Flyer "Silver Rocket" passenger train set with box ($500 to $750).
The sale also features antique and Steiff teddy bears, German and Japanese tin windup and friction toys, 1960s and '70s model kits, and, on a newer note, Dungeons and Dragons miniature-figure sets.
Preview will be 9 a.m. to sale time Sunday at the gallery, 2501 E. Ontario St. Information: 215-425-7030.