Meet our Auctioneer: Kurt Mingerink

Kurt Mingerink is one of our newer auctioneers here at Miedema Auctioneering. While being an auctioneer for Miedema Auctioneering, Kurt is also the President of Operations for Orbitbid.com and Rangerbid.com, We recently sat down with Kurt to ask him questions about being an auctioneer.

How long have you been an auctioneer for Miedema Auctioneering, Inc.?

I grew up in the auction world, running papers as a child at live auctions, and eventually working professionally in the industry for nearly 18 years. I mostly worked in the online auction divisions of our companies, and for the last 4 years I have also been bid calling as a live auctioneer for our MAI live auction department and for many charitable associations.

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What made you want to become an auctioneer?

I grew up watching my Uncles and Grandpa as auctioneers my whole life, and I always admired the craft, and I wanted to do what they did. As I grew in the business, my desire to become a well-rounded professional in the industry, and the urge to “get up there and sell” finally overcame my fear and I signed up for auction school when I was 32 years old. My only regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.

Where did you go to Auctioneer School?

I graduated from Reppert School of Auctioneering (Indianapolis, Indiana) in June of 2015.

What is your favorite aspect of being an auctioneer?

It is a very challenging and very rewarding profession. Challenging in that there is a constant desire to be better, to practice, to compete, and rank yourself among other auctioneers. This has created many opportunities for new friendships and relationships with other auctioneers, which is such a neat opportunity. Mainly though, it is very rewarding to provide a unique service for sellers while helping them achieve a goal that they might not otherwise be able to achieve. Additionally, it is incredibly rewarding to have the opportunity to assist and help so many great and reputable charities and associations, and to be a part of the process that helps raise money for such great causes and organizations.

What is the craziest item you have ever sold?

I have sold many very unique assets over the years consisting of haunted houses, complete fleets of airplanes,  underwater chainsaws, very unique collector cars, etc., but the single craziest thing I can think of that I personally sold was when we liquidated the assets of an individual featured on the TV show American Greed. We sold all the personal assets of Barton Watson, founder of the company Cybernet, which was a company involved in a $100 Million dollar Ponzi scheme. We sold his personal items like bath towels, furniture, décor, backyard grill, etc. and it was so interesting to see how high people were willing to bid and pay for such “simple” and “normal” items, only because they once belonged to a man who became famous for something no one wants to be famous for.

Outside of being an auctioneer, what are your hobbies?

Anything with my three young kids (hunting, fishing, golfing, kids baseball and soccer games, and being involved in our church)

Now that you’ve gotten the chance to meet Kurt, get to know the rest of our staff here or go straight to the auction site to start bidding on your next dream purchase!

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Miedema Auction Areas of Specialty

What We Do Best

Miedema Auctioneering offers a wide array of auction expertise. Having conducted everything from Farm & Agricultural Auctions to Real Estate & Industrial Auctions, we know what we are doing.Construction equipment in particular is one of our main focus. We have sold millions of dollars of assets since we were founded. Miedema Auctioneering has sold equipment for companies that have decided to close, liquidate certain assets or a number of other reasons.Throughout the years we have found that many bidders like purchasing construction equipment through live auctions as our auctions almost always have an array of brands and manufacturer offered and are not limited to one specific brand of equipment. If they were simply to visit a dealer they would only be able to view one brand.Another popular aspect of live auction is the “no pressure to buy” environment. At an auction you are not pressured into buying a specific piece of equipment like you might be with a sales person following you around a show room. At auctions, you are able to inspect the equipment in person at your convenience, with no obligations no purchase.Our live auctions also offer the convenience of bidding live in person, or online if you are not able to attend the auction itself. Many bidders may think they need to be present to bid but that is not the case with Miedema Auctioneering auctions! We always try to offer multiple ways to bid.Many people view a live auction as a “one stop shop”. Many of our live construction equipment auctions offer a variety of equipment that range from items within a shop to equipment such as excavators to bulldozers to loaders.All of the Miedema auctions conducted by our companies are conducted to help you get more for your assets. Contact us today about setting up an auction.

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Hudsonville Fairgrounds Auction

The Miedema Auctioneering Bi-Annual Equipment Auction

Twice a year Miedema Auctioneering hosts a live auction at the Hudsonville Fairgrounds in Hudonsville, Michigan.

This auction has become a very popular auction over the 30+ years that Miedema has hosted it. Many of our loyal bidders and buyers look forward to these auctions every year! Rain or shine, snow or wind, we are at the fairgrounds selling equipment.

Our next equipment auction is on the calendar!

Saturday, December 7 will be here before we know it (don’t worry we aren’t trying to rush winter). If you are interested in selling within this auction and would like your equipment featured within our brochures, the advertising deadline is Wednesday, November 6.

As for dropping off your equipment at the fairgrounds, we start accepting equipment and small items on Monday December 2 – December 5 from 8-5. We stop taking small items on Thursday December 5. We will still accept equipment on Friday December 6 until 3:00 pm.

If you are interested in consigning your equipment to this auction, Donna Reitsma is the person you will want to get in contact with. Donna can be reached at: 616-389-6440 or donna@1800lastbid.com

Looking for more information about the Hudsonville Fairgrounds Auction?

Recently Sold at Auction

Here is one of our recently sold at auction properties.

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On Saturday, August 10 our Daybreak Dairy- Farm and Dairy Equipment Live Auction took place in Zeeland, Michigan.

Bidders from Michigan, Indiana and Ohio attended the auction with hopes of taking this equipment home to their farms.

Many bidders attended this auction with hopes of bringing home the star of the auction, a John Deere 6605 Forage Chopper. In addition to the chopper, many bidders had their eyes on a hay and corn head that attached to the chopper. By the time it was time to bid on the chopper bids flew back and forth, and back and forth again. With the final bid called, the chopper, and heads officially had a new home.

The John Deere 6605 Forage Chopper brought in a high bid of $61,000, while the John Deere 640A Hay Head received a high bid of $5,500 and last but not least, the John Deere 686 Corn Head received a high bid of $25,000.

Overall, it was a beautiful day for an auction, and many bidders headed home with smiles and new equipment

Hudsonville Fairgrounds 4H Livestock Auction

Hudsonville Fairgrounds 4H Livestock Auction

Hudsonville 4H Livestock Auction

It’s almost that time of year again, Fair Week! For those of us that live in or around the Hudsonville, Michigan area, Fair Week is a big week. Between the rides, food, monster truck show and supercross racing, is the annual 4H Auction.

Throughout the year, kids of all ages raise animals such as lambs, cows, pigs and goats with the end goal of selling them via a 4H auction

The 4H auction will take place on Thursday, August 22. Registration will begin at 1:30pm and the auction itself will begin at 2pm.

The sale order for the auction will go in order of: Milk, Lambs, Beef, Dairy Beef, Benefit Hog, then Hogs

Mark your calendars, and we hope to see you at the auction!

Charity Auctions

Did you know that the auctioneers of Miedema Auctioneering volunteer their time throughout the year for charity auctions? Whether the auction is benefiting a school, local organization or a foundation our auctioneers are happy to get on stage to help you sell your items.

Throughout the year our auctioneers travel all across the state of Michigan to offer their services to help raise money! The latest charity auction that our auctioneers helped to raise money for was to help support local animal shelters.

If you’re interested in learning more about having us at your charity auction please contact Donna at donna@lastbid.com

Want to learn more about the other types of auctions we specialize in? Click here!

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Meet our Auctioneer: Jordan Miedema

Jordan Miedema is one of our live auctioneers here at Miedema Auctioneering. Jordan has been around the auction world for many years now, and recently we have sat down with him to talk about being an auctioneer.

 

How long have you been an auctioneer for Miedema Auctioneering?

  • I started auctioneering in 2011.

What made you want to become an auctioneer?

  • Growing up in the family business watching my Dad and uncle auctioneer and always working the live auctions since I was a kid.

Where did you go to Auctioneer School at?

  • Reppert Auction School in Indianapolis Indiana.

What is your favorite aspect of being an auctioneer?

  • Interacting with customers and helping families and clients out of tough situations. I like the excitement the auction brings and enjoy working as the auctioneer and in the ring.

What is the craziest item you have ever sold

  • I get asked this question a lot, and I always have a tough time answering it. I think some of the expensive tractors are unique and I always find the old farm tools interesting as well.

Outside of being an auctioneer, what are your hobbies?

  • I like to play basketball and softball in the summer and with hockey in the winter. I also enjoy hunting and boating with friends and family.
If you see Jordan at one of our upcoming Live Auctions be sure to say hi! Get to know the rest of our team here.
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Daybreak Dairy – Farm & Dairy Equipment

Just a little over a month from now is our Daybreak Dairy Live Auction, featuring farm & dairy equipment. This live auction will take place on Saturday, August 10 in Zeeland, Michigan.

If you’re a farmer or know someone who is and they are looking for farm & dairy equipment such as parlor equipment, adjustable free stalls, a forage chopper or a variety of tractors then you’ll want to make sure you check out this auction!

Bidding will take place both live onsite and online through Proxibid.com

Anyone is able to inspect the equipment prior to the auction. Inspection times will be available on Friday, August 9 from 9am-5pm & Auction Day beginning at 9AM. Click here to learn more about the auction!

Spiech Farms

Tuesday, June 11 we will be in Paw Paw, Michigan hosting a live equipment auction for Spiech Farms. 

This auction is being held on behalf of a secured creditor and the US Bankruptcy Court.

Starting at 9am, we will be selling complete packing lines, packing Equipment, Tractors, Forklifts, support Equipment, Field Equipment and more.

If you’re interested in bidding on equipment within this auction, bidding will take place live at the auction itself, along with online bidding capabilities through Proxibid.

 
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Areas of Specialty in the Auction Industry

Here at Miedema Auctioneering we specialize in many different types of Live Auctions. Whether you have land or equipment we are here to help you with your auction needs! Below is a breakdown of our areas of expertise:

Real Estate

Miedema Auctioneering Real Estate Division has marketed millions of dollars of real estate across the county. We sell vacant land, agricultural and recreational property, homes, investment property and commercial / industrial properties. Miedema Auctioneering Real Estate is on the latest edge of technology, offering bidding options such as our multipar systems, the squeeze board, and the internet.

Construction Equipment

We have sold millions of dollars of construction equipment through our complete liquidations, inventory reductions, and our consignment auctions. Our knowledge of the products and the auction system helps our sellers achieve their goals and gives our buyers the assurance to purchase with confidence.

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Industrial Equipment

Millions of dollars of industrial equipment have changed hands in sales through Miedema Auctioneering’s complete liquidations, inventory reductions and consignment auctions.

Agricultural

From tractors and implements used in everyday operations, to collector tractors, to complete dairy herd dispersal’s, our experienced staff is uniquely qualified to market and conduct all types of farm auctions.

Consignment

Whether you are looking to clean out your garage or buy a dump truck to add to your fleet, our customers know that a Miedema Auctioneering consignment sale is one of the best ways to do it. We conduct several consignment auctions on both sides of the state each year. We have sold household items, lawn and garden equipment, used cars, semi trucks, bulldozers and much more.

Charity

Our staff at Miedema Auctioneering conducts 30+ charity auctions every year. We have helped raise funds for schools, churches, The March of Dimes and The American Cancer Society to name only a few. We also conduct the 4-H auction at the Hudsonville Fair each year.