By Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield

SCANDIA, Minn. (WCCO) — A Minnesota family is sharing their beloved treasures this weekend. On Saturday, you’ll have a chance to buy nearly everything in a mega-sized estate sale.

Classic Cars, old John Deere’s, trunks and old wood pieces are just a few of the items up for bid. If you’re into history or into re-purposing, the family from Scandia is ready to share.

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If every antique has a story, this Scandia farm is home to thousands of tales. Eddie Erickson, a farming and tractor repair expert, gathered the things for years – but it’s not what you may be thinking.

“No, because hoarders collect junk and this isn’t junk,” Eddie’s nephew Jeffrey Erickson said. “This is stuff. This is stuff to pass down, as I’m sure he’d put it.”

Eddie was continuing a family tradition of collecting, started by Swedish immigrant Sven Erickson five generations back. But when Eddie passed away from cancer in April, the family decided the collection should live on in the hands, and on the farms, of others.

“It’s gonna be hard to see them go but I hope it goes to somebody who really treasures that,” Eddie’s daughter Diane Erickson Braun said.

As diverse as the collection is, there are two themes.

“They had to be John Deere, and the cars all had to be Chevrolet,” Braun said.

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On Saturday, Eddie’s farm will become a bidding ground where a 1925 Chevy and a 1928 Chevy will be big ticket items, along with a few restored John Deere’s. There are also classic parts and classic tools, like an old gas pump with Eddie’s beloved Chevrolet emblem.

As attached as the Ericksons are to their talented patriarch’s assortment, they have a new goal for the old stuff.

“That it finds a good home to be reused and refurbished and the legacy goes on,” Braun said.

That is their request — use it, let it live on. If you want to check it out before the auction, you are welcome to stop by.

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Auction Details:
13351 205th Street North
Scandia, MN
Saturday, September 10th 9:30 am

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Susan-Elizabeth Littlefield