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If it's old or gold - Treasure Hunters want to see it
Roadshow at Quality Inn for five days starting Tuesday
W Treasure hunters Lead
The Treasue Hunters Roadshow will be in Statesboro for five days beginning Tuesday. The show will be held at the Quality Inn on South Main Street and runs through Saturday. - photo by Special
    That old vase that belonged to your great grandmother – how much is it worth?  Those cash-for-gold commercials  that are on TV all the time – can you really get good money for old, broken jewelry?  And what about the old coin you found in the back yard?
    If it's old or if it's gold, the folks with the International Collectors Association want  you to bring it to the Treasure Hunter's Roadshow beginning Tuesday in Statesboro.
    You don't have to sell what you bring – appraisals are free. But if you discover the antique bride dolls you bought at a yard sale are worth big bucks, the agents at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow will offer to buy all sorts of things, said International Collectors Association vice president Jason DeLong.
    The group will be in Statesboro five days – Tuesday through Saturday – as part of its 18-month national treasure hunt. The group is targeting mid-sized  towns like Statesboro because "that's where the treasures are," he said.
    Also, people in towns like Statesboro often do not get to visit larger antiques and collectibles road shows because of distance – the shows are often held in larger cities, he said.
    "We wanted to hit some of the mid-sized towns, and you (Statesboro) are one of them," he said. "And, we've never been there."
    DeLong suggested citizens start digging around in attics or basements to find old items that may be worth money.
    If a collectible item is in demand, agents will contact collectors who will bid on the item. Much of the time people who bring items to the road show will walk out with checks in hand.
    The International Collectors Association has a database of collectors, and can connect sellers to buyers. A small percentage of the price is paid t the agents by the buyer, with no cost to the seller, he said.
    "Collectors are very serious about their hobby," said Matthew Enright, public relations director for t he International Collectors' Association. "So serious they will pay a lot of money for the items they are looking for. "
    Coins, vintage jewelry, musical instruments and toys made before 1965 are in high demands, he said.
    Agents will also be buying gold and other jewelry, he said.
    Just like another popular televised event, people can bring in their antiques to find out their worth, origin and other information, he said. There is no charge for the appraisal.
    Other items of interest to collectors are toys, swords, knives, daggers, war memorabilia, trains, advertising memorabilia, and anything unusual, he said.
    "People see these events in larger towns, and now it is an opportunity for them to (attend an antiques and treasures road show) and not have to drive to a big city," DeLong said.
    The event will be held at Quality Inn and Suites on South Main Street in Statesboro. Times are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, he said.
    For further information contact (217) 523-4225.

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