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Group hunts metal, jewelry to buy
Free show runs through Saturday
Jeff Paul, left, and Jason Zyla examine gold coins and jewelry during the International Gold, Silver and Diamond Buyers show. The event runs through Saturday at the Comfort Suites in Cumming. - photo by Autumn McBride

Representatives from International Gold, Silver and Diamond Buyers of Springfield, Ill., are in Cumming this week buying used metal and jewelry.

Anyone with items to sell is invited to come to the Comfort Suites, 905 Buford Hwy., for the group’s free show.

Representatives will be purchasing items from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. today and Friday and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday.

"Somebody might say, ‘Oh they wouldn’t want this old broken, stepped-on earring,’ but that’s exactly what we’re looking for," said Jason Zyla, a district manager with the firm, who’s leading the Cumming show. "It doesn’t matter if it’s bent or damaged or anything."

Zyla said he and his team are primarily looking for scrap gold, sterling silver and coins dated before 1965, but they will also buy diamonds, vintage bank notes and unique antiques and collectibles.

"We’ll buy them or at least look at them," he said.

Zyla said the team was in the northeast Georgia town of Cornelia last week and gave out about $268,000 for people’s items.

"We have our own refinery, so we’re able to offer the very best prices since there’s no middleman," Zyla said.

According to a news release, the company has paid as much as $6,000 for a Morgan silver dollar from 1893 and $101,000 for a coin collection in Florida.

Company representatives travel across the country, holding hundreds of events where people can bring in old items.

Representatives meet one on one with guests to review, research and evaluate the items.

The amount of an offer depends on several factors, including the silver or gold content, collectability, rarity and condition.

If the guest accepts the offer, a check will be issued on the spot.

"People will walk out with a check and smile on their faces," Zyla said.