Currie Auction Service online in 2022

BIG RAPIDS – The City of Big Rapids’ only indoor auction house will enter the world of online auctions when the schedule changes to 2022.

Owned and run by Phil Currie with the help of his son Tommy, the Currie Auction House will operate primarily online from January 1, with in-person auctions still scheduled for the summer.

Big Rapids’ sole auctioneer said he believes running an online auction will serve customers better, while still providing the ability to list, and possibly auction, more items at a time. .

“I had people bringing me Cadillac stuff to Grand Rapids,” Currie said.

Currie accumulated 35 years of auction experience, after graduating as an auctioneer from the World Wide College of Auctioneering, located in Mason City, Iowa, in 1986.

It was during his time in Hawkeye State that Currie began to hone his craft, right down to his own signature cadence and use of words.

As Currie explained, being able to speak quickly and accurately is sort of a prerequisite for business.

“When I went to school they gave me better words (to say) like, ‘Gimmetwentyfive’ or ‘DoIhear? ”Said Currie. “They put a lot of words on us and we practiced a lot. “

With his accelerated speech rate, Currie and other auctioneers are able to zoom in on what often amounts to a long list of items.

As for the numbers, however, only a machine could ever challenge Currie’s excellence, and even then, she could be closer than most would assume.

“We can say numbers so fast. You’ve got to have a little gift to (be able to) do it, ”Currie said. “I can say things back as fast as I can move forward. “

To some extent, the way Currie talks about his passion, it can feel like a well-run auction is similar to putting on a little show for the audience.

“You have to make it exciting, make people laugh and joke with people,” Currie said. “You can’t be so serious; you have to have fun with them.

Throughout his career, Currie has volunteered his time to facilitate auctions for causes such as the United Way, the Mecosta County Chamber of Commerce, Spectrum Health of Reed City and Big Rapids, Friends of Ferris State University, Moose Lodge, St. Mary’s and Trinity Lutheran. .

Thanks to Currie’s auction expertise, these groups were able to raise over $ 100,000 per year, an average of over $ 3 million during his tenure as auctioneer.

Currie did it without, as he puts it, “ever taking a dime.”

Currie Auction House is located at 15398 220th Ave., in Big Rapids.

Curries can also be contacted via, or at (231) 629-4745.


• Monday to Friday: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

• Saturday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

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