It was promoted as a bargain hunters dream when two local auction houses combined their estate and consignment items Aug. 2-3 in the large hall of the Pacific Eagles.

Robert Andel, of Robertsville Auction, and Alan Cleary, Estate Auction Pros, worked the pit with the fervor of a country music show.

Advertised for the sale were Panzer tractors, Sleepy Eye pottery, antique furniture, hit and miss motors, a Red Wing butter churn, crocks, glassware, Lionel Railroad items and mantel clocks.

Items, too numerous to count, were arranged in crowded rows at the front of the room. Among them were tools, china and glassware, clocks and antique bottles.

Collectors and bargain hunters could be sitting at rows of tables staring intently at each item as it was offered.

Wearing a large white cowboy hat, Andel held each item for bidders to get a good look as Cleary peppered the room with the familiar auctioneer’s chant.

With a minimal amount of whispering among shoppers, bidding was low-key and constant. One after another, bidders sit their prize in front of them at the table or carried them out to their cars.

Auctions are a preferred venue for die-hard bargain hunters, the autioneers said. E-bay and Amazon may offer a sampling of a unique item being searched for but there is no substitute for seeing the items firsthand.