Farmers being of a cheapskate nature go to auctions regularly to see if they can find some dab of equipment as the expression has it, dirt cheap. Never mind that expression hasn’t priced an acre of dirt lately much less the potash to go with it. As explains the cheapskate remark. Because if you’re a farmer and don’t act like a cheapskate and go to auctions, your hide will end up for auction.
Farm auctions involve stuff that ordinary households don’t have at their garage sales, everything from bulk tanks and tractors to pitchforks, sump pumps, fence posts. Farm auctions sell everything, if occasionally they try to sneak in the farm cat which as everybody knows can’t be auctioned off without the barn.
The most terrible thing to happen at a farm at auction are those darn cats, farm cats so imprinted, so barn-rooted they can’t be relocated, which is why farm auctions try to sell barn cats even though they can’t do it.