Join the Facebook Auction Crowd

Learn about the farm collector Facebook auctions, and discover a plethora of antiques and much more all just a click away.

| May 2020


While many Farm Collector readers may use Facebook simply to post vacation photos and keep up with the grandkids, antique dealers know that buying and selling on this platform is not only good for your pocketbook, it takes the guesswork — and legwork — out of scoring farm collectibles with no hidden fees.

Facebook groups, which are free to create and join, offer a platform for like-minded collector enthusiasts. Garrett Balsick of Calhan, Colorado, says selling merchandise on Facebook rather than face-to-face has transformed his business, B/K Antiques, for the better.

A fifth-generation rancher, Garrett works as a loan officer at a local bank. In the evenings, while tending to other chores, he keeps an eye on Facebook live auctions, where he and his wife sell collectibles.

Their focus is on small, colorful items that look good on a shelf, the kind of things a lot of farmers may not even realize they still have. “A lot of work benches are just piled with 20 years of stuff,” Garrett says. “We want the old oil cans, wrenches, gas pump nozzles and stock parts that were never used.”

The online auctions pose no threat to auctioneers and established auction houses. “We will never compete with local auctioneers because everything we sell either has to be shipped or delivered,” Garrett says. “That is the largest hang-up with this platform.”


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