If you are a “Copake Bicycle Auction widow/wife” – ie. your husband comes
each year to the auction, and heads out the door at 5 am on Friday
morning for the swap meet, and wants to spend the day wandering around
and discussing bicycle parts esoterica with other guys – then you need to
make sure you have booked a room at the Inn at Green River for the
event! Here, the wives always enjoy a leisurely breakfast, then I drive
them down to the swap meet to join their partners. This year, we started
the morning with coffee and ginger scones at the inn, then moved on to
breakfast at the excellent CrossRoads Food Shop in Hillsdale (my treat,
of course). The scrambled, free range eggs and hominy grits were excellent.
Next we did a little shopping! First to the Hillsdale General Store,
which offers all sorts of chic items for country living, with the
emphasis on local. My guests came away with some wonderful local jam.
One of those hand made brooms is on my wish list. Then on to Passiflora right next door.
Purchases here included candy, cards and this great hand knitted dog toy made in Kenya.
Having done our bit to help the local economy, we headed on down to the swap meet around noon, and found one husband, happy with both his purchases – this adorable (my word, not his) child’s tricycle – and sales – he had sold a c.1890 adult’s treadle tricycle.
The swap meet takes place in the field behind the auction house, and the participants drive their vans and trucks in at 6 am (although they have been waiting in line even earlier to get the best spots) and set up the items they wish to sell or trade.
Meanwhile the preview inside the auction house continues, and the actual sale happens on Saturday. This year, it was standing room only, and buyers from over two dozen countries were represented, either bidding on the phone, or in person.
It is the Copake Bicycle Auction, but includes all sorts of related ephemera. Here my guest poses with a fabulous French Art Deco poster she bought at today’s auction. Hmmm, now how to get that home!
The auction takes place each year in mid April. Next year, book your stay at the Inn at Green River, and I promise both bike collector and supportive partner will enjoy the event even more than before!