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Scott Vander Kolk Jr. - Auction manager/advertising/Auctioneer Graduate of Brunswick School of Auctioneering. Scott Jr. worked in the family auction business for 13 years before striking out on his own. Vander Kolk has done several successful auctions including lumber-yard liquidations, consignment auctions, private sales and fundraisers. Scott is a 2-time MSAA bid-calling finalist, Past President of the Michigan State Auctioneers association, current Chairman of the Board and a 2007 recipient of the Lloyd R. Braun scholarship. Scott has successfully completed the NAA Certified Estate Specialist and Benefit Auction Specialist courses, and is a member of the Michigan State Auctioneers Association. Scott is a licensed auctioneer in the state of Indiana, license # AU10900080.


Antiques and Collectibles at Auction

Antiques and collectibles are a staple in the auction world and have been traded by auction for decades. We are knowledgeable in Antiques and collectibles and have been selling them regularly since 1974. (above: Vintage sign collection at McGraw tire in Grand Rapids, Michigan)

We love to sell antiques of shapes, sizes and categories.


Who doesn’t love classic cars? Classic automobiles sell very well at auction. They are easy to market due to high desire and available marketing channels.

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Believe it or not underneath that crowd is several vintage motorcycles and antiques cars

Guns & Military antiques

Military items are in high demand and have been for quite some

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This WWI vintage German helmet sold at auction for $450.00



Antique furniture has been a staple in the antiques business for a long, long time now. Many people believe antique furniture that they own is a large part of their personal wealth. Unfortunately outside of super high end antique furniture…the market is very fickle. The value of everyday antique furniture is severely affected by current styles and taste. Values on antique furniture change constantly, contact us to find out what your furniture may be worth.

Advertising, Toys and other Collectibles

Signs and toys may be two of the most fun and satisfying antique items to sell at auction. While rarity and condition make a base for the value of the item, emotion and personal attachment really drive it home.

Definition of Antiques

The Michigan Secretary of State defines you automobile as antique after 26 or more years!

That makes a 1990 Chevy Lumina a qualifier for historic plates!

Wikipedia defines “Antique” as

An antique (Latin: antiquus; “old”, “ancient”) is an old collectable

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This Montgomery Wards bicycle sold at auction in Grand Rapids, Michigan for $475

item. It is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features. It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human society.

See the wikipedia entry here.

Age does not necessarily equal beauty.

While age does play a factor in the value of antiques…it is not the deciding factor. In regards to value more emphasis is placed on rarity, condition and utility. To paraphrase a quote from TV’s Pawn Stars “I have rocks in my backyard that are Millions of years old, and they’re not really worth anything.”

Personal Emotional Connection is where it’s at.

Nostalgia is a powerful emotion and one that drives the so-called antiques market. Reliving your youth is the number one reason things become collectible. Bringing back feelings you once thought were long gone pushes people to seek out things they remember fondly or always wished they had but could not afford.

The most classic examples of this are automobiles and toys. People who grew up in the 50’s did not play with the same toys or fantasize about the same cars as a kid a decade later in the 60’s. Disposable income then becomes the price driver. Typically people do not reach the “disposable income” phase of their lives until at least their 40’s. As they begin to seek out these items, the generation before them has already purchased the items they desire. One generation of items rises in value, while the one previous declines.

antiques and automobiles at auction
Vintage and antique automobiles ready for auction for the T Bird Ted auto auction in Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Professional Estate Sales and Service.

Estates Sales

Are your barns, house and buildings full? Don’t know which way to turn? Call us today (616) 437-1047, help is just around the corner! We are your West Michigan Estate sales Auction experts.

We conduct numerous estate sales each year by auction.

We specialize in the estate sale business. Settling an estate can be hard work. Let us help you in that process. We are highly skilled in managing and liquidating assets with estate sales, mostly using the auction method.

Evaluation is job one.

Knowing what to do and which way to turn first is usually the biggest problem when dealing with an estate. We’ve been there…a lot. Our knowledge and experience handling estate sales has them a mainstay of our business.

There is a lot of work to do.

Depending on the nature of your estate, just sorting it out and setting it up is the biggest task. Our staff is trained in the management and arrangement of items and loves to work.

Scene from Potter estate sales auction with people buying snowmobiles
Richard Potter Estate Auction

Contact us today for a free consultation.

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