They came from the country, the back blocks and even the city. All wanting to get the right price to pay for that vital piece of machinery they need.
Yesterday saw hundreds flock to the Kauri Saleyards, north of Whangārei, for the 51st annual PGG Wrightson Machinery Sale.
Organiser and PGG Wrightson Whangārei stock agent Ian Munro said the event was a chance for farmers to sell any old farm equipment and buy some second hand gear they may need.
Munro said the equipment came from throughout Northland, as did the buyers, with some non-rural folk even getting in on the act.
He said the event was also a chance for the farmers and stock agents to socialise away from the farms.
"As they say, one man's trash is another man's treasure.
"Well over 400 items were for sale during the event.
Northern Advocate photographer John Stone went along too.