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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.

Now booking events for 2015!

Do have an item or group of items that need to be sold?

Contact us today to discuss having an auction as a way to solve your problem.

We specialize in many formats including:

  • Estate Settlement – Whether it’s a small amount of items or an overwhelming amount of stuff, we can offer solutions.
  • Real Estate – A great way to sell your real estate! Call us for a free consultation.
  • Business – Downsizing or complete liquidation, we can help you streamline your operation.
  • Farm – We are farm equipment enthusiasts and selling farm items at auction is our passion.

Call or text Scott (616) 437-1047 to get the process started.

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We are experienced auctioneers

Since 1974 we have been conducting auctions of all types, for all kinds of clients and we’re still going strong.


Navigating your way through the process of liquidating an estate

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Set-up of the Lawrence Quirk Estate auction in Caledonia Michigan

can be daunting. This is our business. Our auctioneers and staff have been here before and effectively and efficiently aid you in settling your estate.

Farms and Farm Equipment

We are auctioneers, but we are also farmers. We know farm

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This John Deere 6130D sold at auction by our auctioneers in March of 2015

equipment, livestock and how to maximize the value of your agricultural items. From set-up to clean-up we’ll guide you through the process.

Real Estate

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This home was sold at auction by Vander Kolk Auction May 2015 in Grand Rapids, Michigan

Selling real estate at auction has major advantages. See our Real Estate at Auction page to learn more about real estate auctions.


Liquidating your business is hard work and most times not that

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Kalamazoo Choppers motorcycle shop at auction in Kalamazoo Michigan 2016

much fun. Our auctioneers and staff are well versed in business auction and marketing businesses. From restaurants to construction companies to hair salons we can help.


We can help you properly market and sell your antiques at auction. See our antiques page for more information or contact us for a personal consultation.


Contact us for information regarding our auction or appraisal services. We can help you with your auction needs.

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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.

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Vintage and antique automobiles ready for auction for the T Bird Ted auto auction in Grand Rapids, Michigan
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