Treasure Hunters returns to Elizabethtown

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By John Friedlein


  The Treasure Hunters Roadshow will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday and from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Saturday at the Baymont Inn and Suites on Commerce Boulevard. There is no charge for admission. For more information, call (217) 636-7900.  



ELIZABETHTOWN — If this year’s spring cleaning rooted out some broken jewelry or old toys, a visit to the Treasure Hunters Roadshow this could turn this stuff into bucks.

It could even put you on television.

The traveling show — not to be confused with Antiques Roadshow — will roll into town for the second time. A little more than 1,200 people attended the one in January. “It was really a fantastic show,” Director of Operations Matthew Enright said.

Seven experts will work the free event to appraise items and perhaps buy them for collectors.

With more than 10,000 collectors around the world, the 13-year-old Roadshow has about 600 shows a year. Enright said the shows are well-attended and “somewhat busier” because of the recession.

The economy has spurred gold and silver markets, he said, and he encouraged participants to bring in a variety of coins and jewelry, from old class rings to broken necklaces. Coins minted before 1965 are especially popular; old Mercury dimes, for instance, contain a lot of silver.

Also, the guitar market is doing well in the recession, Enright said. Somebody made $100,000 off a Gibson.

Other big sales have included a Civil War bed, which brought $80,000. And at the January show in Elizabethtown, a man brought in gold coins so rare Enright said he’ll never see another. The man received $40,000 for all his coins.

Vintage toys and war memorabilia — including Civil War, WWI and German items — also are doing well. Enright said he saw a lot of military items at the local show this past winter.

As for the filming, that will take place on Thursday and Friday, he said. The Roadshow is working on getting the show syndicated — with an expected air date of mid September.

John Friedlein can be

reached at (270) 505-1746.