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Treasure Hunters Roadshow coming this week to area

Published February 22. 2011 05:00PM

The Treasure Hunters Roadshow, based in Springfield, IL is bringing its five-day roadshow to the Hampton Inn, Interchange Road, Route 209, Lehighton. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 23, to Saturday, Feb. 26; and Sunday, Feb. 27 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

"What we've really seen a ton of is gold and silver," said Matthew Enright, the Roadshow's vice president of media relations. "As the dollar gets weaker, gold and silver go up in value. The gold market is through the roof." he continued.

" People are bringing in broken chains, necklaces and rings. Residents are taking advantage of the market," Enright said.

" Last week one man in South Dakota brought in a handful of old silver dollars and 50-cent pieces, and he walked out with more than $2,300. The guy was blown away," he continued. "The Treasure Hunters make offers based on what collectors are willing to pay. When someone decides to sell, he or she gets paid on the spot, and the Treasure Hunters send the item to the collector," Enright said.

Part of a nationwide tour, the Treasure Hunters Roadshow launched 15 years ago and has been all over the world including the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

"We're looking for items such as Gibson and Fender guitars, war items, paper currency, advertising memorabilia, vintage toys, any coins from 1964 and before, and anything gold." said Enright.

Enright noted an item doesn't have to be old to be valuable - just unusual and in the best possible condition. "It has to do with rarity of the item," he said. "It could be coins from 2000. A businessman invested in new gold coins in early 2000. He paid $1,200 a piece for four high grade coins and he ended up walking out with a check for almost $40,000."

The show typically attracts 1,200 to 1,500 people over the course of the week, Enright said. Treasure Hunters Roadshow is also in the process of shooting their new reality TV series, set to launch in Fall 2010.

For more information, check out their website or call (217) 726-7590.

Over 80 percent of the time items brought into the Roadshow turn into a sale.

During the event, tables are arranged in multiple stations where Roadshow representatives are sitting. Sellers come to a table where a representative examines items and then an offer to purchase is given.

Enright recommends that people do not clean the antique or collectible. People should expect to wait up to 45 minutes, depending on the crowd. So bring your broken gold jewelry and expect to have fun as you will see things you will never see again in a lifetime. Treasure Hunters Roadshow pays you on the spot if you decide to sell your items.

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