The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is making its way to Elkins for five days and area residents will have a chance to talk to world renowned antique and collectible experts to have items examined, appraised and even purchased. The nationwide tour will come to the Hampton Inn on April 14 and remain through April 18.
"We are excited to come to Elkins," Treasure Hunters Roadshow Vice President Jason Delon said. "We were in Charleston close to two years ago and that is the only time we have been in West Virginia."
The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is hoping to see items such as coins and paper currency issued prior to 1965, toys, dolls, trains, vintage jewelry, old and modern musical instruments, war memorabilia, gold and silver jewelry, costume jewelry, advertising memorabilia, war items including, swords, knives, daggers and the unusual. A press kit from the organization states, "basically anything old, we want to see it."
According to a press release, collectors are serious about their hobby and will pay a lot of money for the items they are looking for.
"Nearly all coins, vintage jewelry, musical instruments and toys made prior to 1965 are highly sought after by collectors," the release states. "The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is a place where anyone in your community can connect with collectors from around the globe. Our treasure hunters make offers based on what our collectors are willing to pay. 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."
Treasure Hunters will also purchase gold - currently trading at a 25-year high at more than $800 per ounce.
Some items of interest
Any and all coins made before 1965, rare coins, coin collections, silver dollars, half dollars, quarters, dimes, half dimes, nickels, 3-cent pieces, 2-cent pieces, cents, large cents, 1/2 cents, all others.
Paper money, all denominations, both U.S. and foreign made before 1934.
Gold coins including $20, $10, $5, $2.5 and $1 private gold.
Investment gold including Krugerrands, Canadian maple leafs, panda and gold bars.
Scrap gold including broken and unused jewelry and dental gold.
Jewelry including vintage jewelry, modern jewelry, diamond rings, broaches, bracelets, earrings, loose diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, all gemstones and rare vintage costume jewelry.
Anything made of platinum.
Any silver marked sterling.
All toys made before 1965, pedal cars, banks, push toys, tractors, Hot Wheels, Tonka trucks, Buddy L. Smith Miller, Nylint, robots, battery toys, Mickey Mouse and all others.
Character dolls, German dolls, vintage Barbie, vintage G.I. Joe, Shirley Temple etc.
Toy trains including Lionel, American Flyer, Marklin, Hafner, Train sets, accessories, individual cars and all gauge scales.
Musical Instruments, Pre-1970s electric and acoustic guitars, clarinets, drum sets, saxophones and others.
Wrist watches; Rolex, Tiffany, Hublot, Omega, Chopard, Cartier, Patek Philippe, Ebel, Waltham, Swatch, all makers. Pocket watches; Chopard, Elgin, Bunn Special, Railroad, Illinois, Hamilton, all others.
Tiffany lamps, vases, art glass and others.
War items from the Civil War, World War I, World War II and all other items including swords, daggers and bayonets.
"The younger generation may not have the antiques or collectibles, but they may have a lot of broken jewelry they do not know what to do with," Delon said. "A lot of people are cashing in on the high gold and silver prices."
Associates will have tables arranged in multiple stations to examine people's items. The roadshow uses a number of resources for setting appraisals including individual collectors and Internet sites such as eBay. If an offer is accepted by the guest, they are paid on the spot. The process only takes a few minutes and the seller gets 100 percent of the offer.
"It is a totally free event," Delon said. "We expect to see lines of people on Tuesday and we expect steady crowds of people all week."