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In search of hidden treasure

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Photo by Randy M. Cauthron

Treasure Hunters Roadshow opened its treasure chest in Spencer at the Clay County Regional Events Center for a week, allowing area residents to bring in a variety of rare and unusual items to determine if they are of any collectible value. Dave Wright with the "Roadshow" (above) looks at a collection of paper money brought in by some perspective sellers. The next question, if the item is of rare value, becomes a matter of whether or not it's for sale. Treasure Hunters Roadshow represents thousands of collectors around the world, traveling across the United States, Canada and Europe in search of antiques and collectibles for their clients. Items they search for include paper money before 1934; gold coins; investment gold; scrap gold; jewelry; platinum; silver; war items from the Civil War, WWI and WWII; and other antiques including guns, toys, trains, dolls and a variety of other items. The doors will remain open in Spencer daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. until Thursday, then 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday

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Be careful what you are selling and who you sell to... google "Treasure Hunters Roadshow Checks Bounce"

-- Posted by Vanessa on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 10:17 AM

Unfortunatly, I have had a chance to go and see what these guys are up to, and I think it's borderline illegal, period. I took an antique to one of thier shows up here in Minnesota last year. They gave me a quote of less than half of what my recent appraisal of the item was. Upon telling this "expert" of my appraisal, he said that the appraser must not know what he was talking about. Then producing a copy of the actual appraisal, and letting him see my appraisers credencials, he was unapologenic, and said that if I wanted to sell the item, his value of the item was what he was willing to pay.

Bottom line is this, these people are not going to give you an accuarate value of your belongings, they are coming to your town to buy antiques, period, at a fraction of what the antiques are worh, that's their job.

In this case the only advice I can give is....SELLER beware

-- Posted by ftguy on Wed, Jan 27, 2010, at 11:50 PM

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