Roadshow seeks collectibles during Perrysburg stopWritten by Joel Sensenig | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
As the saying goes, one man’s golden teeth are another man’s treasure.
At least that will be the case this week when the Treasure Hunters Roadshow arrives at Perrysburg’s Holiday Inn Express on Fremont Pike for a five-day visit beginning May 24.
The golden rule is definitely in effect at the roadshow, according to Matthew Enright, vice president of media relations for the show.
“To be honest, anything gold is hot right now,” he said. “We’ve had people that have literally brought gold teeth into the show, as well as gold coins and jewelry and everything in between. Gold is breaking records every quarter. People are jacked up about bringing in gold stuff.”
The free show is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the hotel, 10621 Fremont Pike. Last year, 510 customers brought in items, taking home $50,000 for their teeth — or less personal valuables.
“The U.S. dollar is really weak right now,” Enright said, explaining that situation opens up the possibility for other valuables to take its place. “Precious metals are up. If you look at recent trends, it seems like when the economy isn’t doing so great, you see different things going up, whether it’s silver or gold or something else.”
Items do not need to be golden teeth to make an impression with the roadshow representatives or the collectors who are willing to pay for the valuables. More mundane items are sought after on the market as well.
“People are bringing in broken chains, necklaces and rings as they take advantage of the market,” Enright said. “Last week one man in South Dakota brought in a handful of old silver dollars and fifty cent pieces. He walked out with more than $2,300 — the guy was blown away.”
The Treasure Hunters Roadshow has been in existence for 15 years, traveling the globe in search of items collectors are willing to pay money for.
They’re willing to pay money for much more than gold.
“We’re looking for items such as Gibson and Fender guitars, war items, paper currency, advertising memorabilia, vintage toys and any coins before 1965,” Enright said.
Vintage and costume jewelry, comic books, musical instruments, fine art, dolls, war memorabilia, advertising memorabilia, swords, knives, trains and toys made prior to 1965 are also in high demand from collectors.
For more information, visit the website www.treasurehuntersroadshow.com or call (217) 523-4225.