In June 4 Issue
The Treasure Hunters Roadshow, based in Springfield, Illinois, is
bringing its five-day roadshow to Russell Springs next week, starting
Tuesday, June 7 and running through Saturday, June 11 at the Russell
County Schools Auditorium/Natatorium Complex.
"What we've really seen a ton of is gold and silver," Matthew Enright, the Roadshow's vice president of media relations, said. "As the dollar gets weaker, gold and silver go up in value. The gold market is through the roof at around $1,500 an ounce. People are bringing in broken chains, necklaces and rings as they take advantage of the market."
Enright said one man in South Dakota recently brought in a handful of old silver dollars and fifty cent pieces and walked out with more than $2,300.
"The guy was blown away," he said. Enright also said coming to rural locations like Russell County also pays off with rare items that may not be discovered being brought to their attention and sold.
Enright said the Treasure Hunters make offers based on what collectors are willing to pay. When someone decides to sell they will register their item, talk with an expert and he or she gets paid on the spot if they're willing to sell, and the Treasure Hunters send the item to the collector.
Launched 15 years ago, the free Treasure Hunters Roadshow has been all over the world, including the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and most recently Spain.
"We're looking for items such as Gibson and Fender guitars, war items, paper currency, advertising memorabilia, vintage toys, precious metals, any coins before 1965 and anything gold" said Enright. "Anything antique."
Enright also noted that an item doesn't have to be odd in order to be valuable, just unusual and in the best possible condition as he cited an electric chair from the New York State Penitentiary at one of their recent roadshows.
"It has to do with the rarity of the item," he said. "It could even 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 of our show with a check for almost $40,000."
Enright explained that the show typically attracts 1,200 to 1,500 people over the course of the week with anywhere from six to 15 folks working the event. The show runs at the Russell County School Auditorium/Natatorium Complex from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is a place where anyone in the community can connect with collectors from around the globe. "Our representatives make offers based on what our collectors are willing to pay," he said. "Then, when someone decides to sell, they get paid on the spot and our Treasure Hunters send the item to the collector at their expense."
For more information, check out their website at treasurehuntersroadshow.com or call 217-523-4225.