Apr 02

Saxon Auctions: The Longest Running Auction in the State of Texas Comes Home to Big Sandy

New Auction Building in Big Sandy

In 1969 Cecil Bishop of Big Sandy started an auction on Gilmer Street. There were 10 people in attendance and the auction brought $136 total. No matter how small the start, Cecil had the auction bug and he didn’t stop. He and his wife Beth Bishop grew the auction and the antique / collectibles community in East Texas and were instrumental in marketing Gladewater as the Antique Capital of East Texas, all from their home base in Big Sandy.


Beth continued the Auction after Cecil’s death until nearly 20 years ago when she passed the gavel to Joe and Vickie Dee Saxon. Beth has since passed away, but the Saxon’s continued to grow the auction 6 miles west on Highway 80 just outside Hawkins until the 44th anniversary sale March 16th, where the attendance was standing room only.


To say the auction is a fixture in the community is an understatement. When my husband, Andrew, and I first started vacationing in East Texas more than 15 years ago, it was what we did each Saturday night. We wouldn’t miss it, and neither would most of the other people we know in the area.



Over the years, there have been auction regulars memorialized on a plaque, loyal buyers who have never missed a weekly auction in more than 20 years and even a couple who were married in the auction house by a pastor who was also a regular at the auction. It’s a sort of second family for most of the auction regulars.



Now the Auction is moving back home to a larger facility in Big Sandy. It has the best view in Big Sandy in the former Double D Sausage Company building on the hill at 310 West Broadway Street (Highway 80).


“After the renovations are complete, the auction is going to be state of the art,” said Owner/Auctioneer Joe Saxon. In less than a month, the building will be transformed and the Grand Opening sale promises to have the place packed with great antiques and estate items to go up on the block.



Joe Saxon’s famous home-cooked dinner specials will be served nightly along with regular auction house burgers, fries and other foods. At some point during the auction Joe gets the crowd going by tossing fresh hot rolls to the audience. He will also have his famous home made desserts like four-corner pie. If you haven’t had it, you need to put it on your bucket list.

The Grand Opening sale will feature Early American and European antiques, fine-quality furniture, nautical items, porcelain signs, jewelry, lamps, guns, clocks, tools, glassware, coins, primitives, vintage pop culture and other highly sought-after collectibles. There is no reserve at this auction, so items are sold to the highest bidder and each item has a new home by the end of the night. It goes fast, so if you want something don’t hesitate to bid.

A few weeks ago, a friend purchased a green glass pitcher she thought looked “pretty old” for $12.50. After researching the item, she found it was a hand-blown Victorian emerald green glass pitcher like one listed for more than $500 online. You never know what treasures you’ll find.

Plans for the Grand Opening Sale at the new location is  April 27th at 6:30pm. Join us for a ribbon cutting at 5:30pm.
Call 903-636-4777 for more information or visit www.saxonauctions.com