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Treasure Hunters

  • Old jewelry and coins are examined by one of the Treasure Hunters.
    Old jewelry and coins are examined by one of the Treasure Hunters.
Published March 28. 2012 05:01PM

The Treasure Hunters have stopped in Lehighton this week, and are inviting residents and the surrounding communities to their special event!

The Treasure Hunters is one of the largest purchasing organizations in the world and is one of the most exciting events to attend this year. The Treasure Hunters look at common items such as coins, paper currency, musical instruments, etc. Recently, the Treasure Hunters paid $23,000 for a $1,000 bill dated back to 1880. They also see common items that would otherwise be in a box labeled, "give away", such as unworn, mismatched and even broken jewelry.

"We encourage folks to bring in their old jewelry that just sits on their dresser at home," states Matthew Enright, vice president of media infomation. "We took a pile of 14k gold jewelry off a visitors hand and they walked away with a check for $900!"

The Treasure Hunters also see some of the world's most rare and unusual collectibles. In Tampa, FL they uncovered a 19th Century Electric Chair. They found a rare 16th century authentic vampire killing kit passed down to a local resident by their German ancestor, and they have even purchased one of the world's most rare guitars a 1959 Gibson Les Paul for over $100,000!

The Treasure Hunters expect to see all types of items at this event including: coins and paper currency issued prior to 1970, toys, dolls, trains, vintage jewelry, old and modern musical instruments, war memorabilia, gold and silver jewelry, costume jewelry, comic books, advertising memorabilia, swords, knives, daggers, and the unusual!

"This event is characterized by what the community brings in," says Enright. "I have a lot of folks ask me what this show is all about, and to be honest, it is determined by the items brought in that particular week; it keeps every event unique and interesting to say the least."

As the Treasure Hunters see as many uncommon items as they do the classics, they have to be quickly prepared to figure out what exactly they are looking at. Back in Springfield, IL at their corporate headquarters, Treasure Hunters has an extensive research department ready to do some digging for certain items. "We don't hesitate to involve our research department to get questions answered about certain pieces, and that enables us to make the best possible offers to our customers" added Enright.

The event started Tuesday and continues through Saturday, March 31 at the Hampton Inn, 877 Interchange Road, Lehighton. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday.

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