Treasure Hunting in Amish Country – Shipshewana, Indiana

Shipshewana “Trading Place” Auction and Flea Market was the site of one of our favorite WorthPoint Treasure Hunts.

The population in Shipshewana Indiana, according to the 2017 census bureau, is 704. This quaint little town mostly consists of Amish families, country stores, and great food!

WorthPoint partnered with the Shipshewana “Trading Place” Auction and Flea Market organization for a WorthPoint Treasure Hunt. This hunt was different from others because we wanted to attend their “famous” auction event.

What makes this location unique is that they hold auctions and open their flea market during the week! On Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the flea market is open, and at 8:00 AM Wednesday morning you can start viewing the auction items.

When you enter the “Trading Place” auction building, you will find rows and rows of tables set up and loaded with all sorts of antiques and collectibles. I spoke with people from all across the midwest. One man owns two antique stores in the Chicago area. He, like so many others, traveled to this community to gather items to resell.

This auction house has about 6 auctioneers all working at the same time throughout the building.

The interesting part about this auction house is that they have about 6 auctioneers auctioning off items at the same time throughout the building! At 9:00 AM promptly, the auctioneers start at different tables, climb on their ladder chairs, and kick-start the event. They are all accompanied by an assistant at their side with a computer on a smaller table, sitting on a folding chair. This person records the auction winners.

One of our treasure hunters won a robot for $45.00 that is valued up to $600 on the Worthopedia.

Each auctioneer moves through the building, table by table until all items have been auctioned off. The tables that we attended all had starting bids of $5.00. One of our treasure hunters won a robot for $45.00. We had researched it on WorthPoint beforehand and discovered that the value ranged up to about $600.00.  She also won an awesome sleeping bag with the Lone Ranger and Tonto on it for $25.00; this value varied on WorthPoint up to about $300.00.

Another treasure hunter bought a few Amish Quilts for $20.00. This gal knew her linens. She was very excited as she is an experienced eBay seller and couldn’t wait to get back to list them.

This gal knew her linens. She scored several quilts for $20.

Three of us treasure hunters flew in from Florida to attend this hunt, and the other ladies drove in from Chicago. We had an educational and fun day. Oh yes, I must mention the “Whoopie Pies.” You cannot go to Amish country without having a “Whoopie Pie!”  Yummm.

Shipshewana is a Treasure Hunter’s hidden gem that I can highly recommend!

Three of us treasure hunters flew in from Florida to attend this hunt, and the other ladies drove in from Chicago.


Danna Crawford organizes the treasure hunts for WorthPoint as the company Strategic Director. In addition to assisting with WorthPoint Treasure Hunts, she runs her own eBay consignment business as “PowerSellingMom.com.”  Danna has been an eBay seller since 1997 and was inducted into eBay’s “Hall of Fame” in 2008. She’s a “Seller Diversity Advocate” for eBay and enjoys helping others learn about eBay and how to research items using WorthPoint. Danna suggests subscribing to Treasure Hunting News to stay informed of future hunts.

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