About Us

The Colonels Place and Unaka Trading Post & Auctions was founded by Col. Van Thomas . The company began as a local Buying, Selling & Trading Company. In 1995 Col. Van Thomas started doing Auctions in NC.

Unaka Trading Post & Auctions has been delivering results for over 20 years.

We have been in the Buying, Selling, Trading & Auction Business for over 41 years. Here at Unaka Trading Post & Auctions, our goal is to maintain a good variety of New & Used Merchandise and to provide both a superior customer experience and tremendous value for our customers. 

Col. Thomas began his Auction career in 1975 working and selling with his father. He was selling and working auctions in KY. His Uncle John L. also was selling and working auctions. John spent over 8 years in the US Navy working the Medical Field as a Hospital Corpsman. He spent 4 years as a FMF Corpsman with the Marines.

While in the Navy (HM FMF) he continued working and selling at auctions. He has worked and sold at auctions in AL, GA, IL, KY, NC, TN and Ontario Canada.

After being medically discharged, he was back in the auction circle buying, selling and working auctions.

In 1995, he started working with a local auctioneer as an apprentice auctioneer.  After a few months, he decided it was time to go to auction school and learn the laws and ethics of auctioneering in NC. In 1996, he graduated from MENDENHALL SCHOOL OF AUCTIONEERING and started  his own Auctions. Later in 1996, he opened up his auction house in Andrews NC.

He has conducted auctions serving Western North Carolina, North Georgia & Eastern Tennessee for over 19 years. He has conducted many types of auctions over the years from Benefit, Estates, Onsite, Antiques, Collectibles, Wholesale to Good Housewares.

We are an up-to-date 2nd generation family run business.  We offer auction services in North Carolina and Georgia.

Our company is built on many years of experience in buying and selling.  We pride ourselves on providing outstanding customer service and good family fun.

Check out one of our upcoming auctions and join us for a fun, old fashioned auction with family and friends!

Our goal is to provide you with quality new merchandise, good used items and good family fun every night.

We are currently doing Auction in NC & GA. We have Retail, Consignment and Wholesale Auctions.

We love our customers and welcome your feedback and suggestions. Use our Contact Us page to tell us what we’re doing right or what we can improve on.