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It’s Auction Time At Behnke’s

Gates Open At 8 AM Sunday For Auction Preview

Old Tools – New Purpose

garden toolsHere we are, a few days away from Auction Day at Behnke Nurseries. This last month we have been pretty busy cleaning out all the nooks and cranny from all over the nursery. No corner left out. While there are way too many items to go over one by one and if you like you can look on the auctioneers page or click on some of the photos I have taken I want to bring your attention to our 100’s of old tools that are left.

Some might look at that old rake and think why in the world would I want that? Besides that it actually is a good old rake you can actually use, there is a world of creative uses of old tools. Just google it sometime. Rakes can be used to hold things, shovels can have bird houses attached and like the photo above you can create unique garden art.

This idea first came to me when I visited Carol G.’s garden and saw her collection of old tools displayed in her garden. It was a pretty neat idea and when I saw the tables full of shovels, sledge hammers, saws and more that we have laid out for the auction on Sunday I thought I would share a few ideas with you. The best thing is that at an auction you can get these things pretty cheap (unless your friend is there bidding against you.)

Besides the tools we also have two vehicles; you can see information here. And so much more. If you have any questions about the auction you can contact Cochran Auctions and they will be happy to answer anything or you can Contact Us and I will write back.

I hope you come out, and while you are here, support the Beltsville Lions Club which will be serving food. Plus, as I have mentioned before, at noon we will be having a special auction of Behnke Memorabilia to benefit The Prince George’s County Police Department’s Young Explorers Post 600. And of course to say a final goodbye to a place you loved to wander through. Many of our staff are planning to attend so it will be fun for everyone to catch up with each other. Don’t forget to save the date for July 21st.

See you at the auction!

Behnke Nurseries, VP

PS: This just in, hundreds of brand new OLD Beanie Babies discovered. Back from the day when everyone had to have these toys, they are all older then 1999. Including a few of THE END BEAR.

Auction Information

The day of the auction you will want to remember a few things. First everything will go through Cochran Auctions. You will need to bring your ID and sign up for a bidder number. You should plan to come early to wander around the whole nursery to see what you might be interested in.

If you have never been to an auction before, it is pretty simple and you might want to watch a few thing being sold before you begin. The main things is to remember it will go fast. If you want something decided how much your willing to spend and raise you hand to bid. If your the high bidder show your number and load up your item.

You might want to bring a box with you because even though we have a few boxes there never is enough. Cochran Auctions will charge 5% for use of a credit card along with a 10% buyer’s premium and don’t forget the 6% sales tax that has to be collected. It is your responsibility to remove whatever you buy.

Please remember it will be hot on Sunday. The Lion’s Club will be serving hot dogs and drinks.


lions club logo pngFor so many years Behnke Nurseries has been a big supporter of many different non-profits in Beltsville and surrounding areas. Albert Behnke enjoyed being part of the Beltsville Lions Club and was a member of the Beltsville Rotary Club, along with supporting the Beltsville Fire Department. These groups in turn support you, our community.

This Sunday, once again the Beltsville Lions Club will be out serving their world famous hot dogs and drinks at our auction. I ask that you please come hungry and give them your support. Maybe if you have a pair of old glasses laying around you can bring them too and give them to the Lions!

We also will be auctioning off a few special items to benefit the Young Explorers that we are all so very proud of. The men and women in the Police Department who work with the Young Explorers truly give their time and love to young people in the neighborhood and in turn these young people give back as they grow into adults.

Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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