$200,000 in collectibles
Regina Marhefka of Catasauqua, left; and her daughter, Karen Marhefka of Jim Thorpe, made a windfall selling old coins at the Ohio Valley Refinery Roadshow held last week at the Hampton Inn, Lehighton. They were assisted by Kenn Dees, manager.
It was a profitable time last week for people stopping by the Ohio Valley Refinery and Roadshow held at the Hampton Inn, Lehighton.
The show was a time for people to find out what valuables were taking up space at home, could be worth if sold.
For Regina Marhefka of Catasauqua and her daughter, Karen Marhefka of Jim Thorpe, the show brought a nice chunk of change from old change.
Actually Regina's father had socked away silver coins as a young man during the 1920s and they passed onto Regina at his death in 1999.
She held onto the old coins before finally passing on a portion to her children and grandchildren.
Her daughter, Karen brought in her stash to sell at the Roadshow earlier this week and realized a check that was much more than face value of the coins. She helped her mother cash in on some she still held on Friday.
Her mother walked away with more than $1,000 for a small pile of quarters, half dollars and a few silver dollars.
"It's exciting for us," said Karen. "My grandfather gave us a lot more than he realized."
Regina was thrilled. "I love you," she said to Kenny Dees, manager, as he handed her the check for $1,085 for the coins that had been sitting in a closet for about 80 years.
Dees documented each item before making a formal offer. After the offer was made, people who stopped in with their treasures were welcome to accept or refuse, based on the offer.
Sometimes the staff refused to buy an item, such as they did with the 20-year gold plated pocket watch that the Marhefka's offered for sale. Dees said that the watch might be better kept as a sentimental piece than selling it.
While Dees and the Marhefkas were making a deal at one table, two other tables were being utilized for similar transactions.
One couple was selling a variety of jewelry and coins, while another woman was getting rid of jewelry she no longer liked and hadn't worn in a while.
There was a waiting list of people interested in finding out what their valuables were worth.
Dees said that it was a "good show."
"We budgeted $200,000 for Lehighton and by the end of the show we'll have exceeded that," he said.
The Ohio Valley Refinery & Roadshow travels across the globe in search of rare and unique items, as well as all types of gold, silver and platinum.
Roadshow staff looked for old coins and paper currency, vintage jewelry, war memorabilia, musical instruments and toys made before 1965. The company has its own refinery.