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Roadshow uncovers treasures
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Forsyth County News

If you’re going

• When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 12-15; and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Oct. 16

• Where: Comfort Suites, 905 Buford Hwy.

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The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is rolling into Cumming next week to appraise local antiques and collectibles.

Whether its an early 20th century coin or vintage toys, the question on everyone’s mind is the same: What’s it worth?

The roadshow is a “one-stop shop” where the public can bring in potentially valuable items to be appraised and even sold on site, spokesman Matt Enright said.

“We pretty much can look at everything from grandma’s class ring to $100,000 Gibson guitars and everything else in between,” Enright said.

He gets excited when he talks about the money that some people have made from selling unwanted items that others are willing to pay a lot for.

A set of four Morgan silver dollars sold for about $125,000. An 1800s vampire-killing kit fetched $10,000 for its owner.

“It’s unbelievable what people will pay for some of these things,” Enright said.

Items of interest for the roadshow range from jewelry, toys and musical instruments to old coins and paper money. Also popular are comic books, watches, war memorabilia and anything else old or unusual.

Experts at the show identify and value the items, contact potential buyers and relay their offers to the seller, according to the company.

If a person chooses to sell an item, 10 percent will be deducted for roadshow services to keep the travel and events going.

The show visited Cumming two years ago, and Treasure Hunters’ sister company, Ohio Valley Gold and Silver, came to town earlier this year.

The roadshow, Enright said, will also have buyers looking for precious metals.

He noted that many coins made before 1965 have a large percentage of silver, a metal whose purchase rate is currently high.

“Silver’s ridiculous right now,” he said. “It makes these coins extremely valuable.”

Coins are one of the items often big at roadshows in the South, Enright said, as well as guitars, pocket watches and Civil War items.

The best part of the roadshow, he said, is getting to see all the items people bring in.

“It’s the coolest event you’ll probably ever attend, to be completely honest,” he said.

That’s what started up the Treasure Hunters Roadshow TV Show, which began airing on syndicated stations Sept. 30.

The show films at the events, focusing on interesting items and sometimes traveling to the home of the buyer to view a collection, Enright said.

It hasn’t been determined if Cumming will be a location for filming, he said.

Potential sellers can bring as many items as they want to the show.

Wait times average about 30 minutes and the process averages about 15 minutes, Enright said.

An express pass for the line is available as a free printout on the company’s Web site,