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What junk. Treasure hunters will check the Roadshow


If you have gold, silver, antique, or other rare collectibles lying in your house, the Treasure hunters Roadshow wants to see them.

International Collectors Association, based in Springfield and Ill. brings its five-day roadshow in the Quad-Cities for the first time this week, starting Tuesday at La Quinta inn, the 5450 27 th Ave., Moline.

“What we really have seen a ton of gold and silver,” Matthew Enright, director of operations, said recently: “As the dollar is weaker, gold and silver prices are going, gold market through the roof.”

“People are bringing in broken chains and necklaces. People using the market, “he said.

One man last week in South Dakota to a handful of old silver dollars and 50 percent of pieces, and he walked more than $ 4,000, Mr. Enright’s “The guy was blown up in,” he said.

The treasure hunters are suggestions based on what – collectors are willing to pay when someone decides to sell, he gets a pay site, and the treasure hunters send the item to the collector, Mr. Enright is

Part of the nationwide tour, which started 15 years ago Roadshow Treasure hunters have been all over Illinois and Indiana and Kentucky and Tennessee, – he said.

The Association works with 6,500 collectors around the world and has already allocated $ 712,000 to spend this week in antiques and collectibles, Mr. Enright is

“We are looking for things like civil war swords, old Gibson guitars – from the ’30s and ’40s”, – he said: “People buy these items, sign in, receive a number, and they sat in front of an appraiser.”

A collector who is interested in that specific point can be reached directly at shows or expert will determine its value, and the owner is usually performed for the show, Mr. Enright is

The Association does not use licensed appraisers, but can give a reliable market values ​​for the pieces. If the buyer is not found, the owner may be the only one who may be interested in:

The treasure hunters are not interested in items such as coins and paper money until 1964, Toys, dolls and trains and vintage jewelry, old and modern musical instruments, war memorabilia, advertising memorabilia and swords and knives.

Mr. Enright said one can not be valuable, I was just unusual and the best possible condition.

“It’s to do with the rarity of the item,” he said, “It may be the coins in 2000. A businessman has introduced a new gold in early 2000. He paid $ 1,200 for high grade, minted coins, and he appeared to walk out of the $ 40,000 check.

Over the past year, usually attracts about 1,000 to 1,500 people, about a week, Mr. Enright, The tough economy have boosted the numbers, he added.

Collectors – to which can also visit the show – a very serious hobby and are willing to pay top dollar for their goods, they want to, Mr. Enright is

Nearly all coins, jewelry, musical instruments and toys made before 1965 and sought after by collectors, – he said.

In the LaQuinta inn from 9 am to 6 pm Monday through Friday and 9 am to 4 weeks. For more information, call (217) 523-4225 ……

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