If you go …
What: Treasure Hunters Roadshow
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Today through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 300 S. Colo. Highway 13
—Treasure Hunters appraises and buys antiques and precious metals from interested sellers. The organization accepts coins, jewelry, artwork, rare books, toys, musical instruments and other such items. For more information, visit www.treasurehuntersroadshow.com.
One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
Such is the philosophy of Dolly Benton, who has seen her fair share of both as a show manager for the Treasure Hunters Roadshow.
Treasure Hunters is an organization that buys antiques of all kinds, particularly gold and silver items like coins, jewelry, housewares and other materials. The roadshow started in Craig at 9 a.m. Tuesday at the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites.
“The process is pretty simple,” Benton said. “They’ll fill out some registration, sit down with one of our experts, and there’s no limit on how much they can bring.”
Benton said Treasure Hunters staff offer to buy items based on “fair market value” for all precious metals.
“Last time I checked, gold was selling for $1,594, so an ounce of gold is hot right now and people are ready to sell,” she said.
The group also buys items like vintage books, toys, musical instruments and military items like daggers and bayonets, though the business does not accept firearms.
Benton said she has also seen a good deal of valuable items brought in by Colorado residents, specifically.
“Colorado has been really good,” she said. “I’ve done a lot of shows in Wyoming, and I haven’t seen nearly as many antiques as in Colorado. My last show was in Grand Junction, and we had a lady who came in with three broken gold chains, and we wrote her a check for $358. We also bought a beautiful sterling silver teapot set with everything with it from a woman; she got over $1,500 for that.”
Benton said bringing in such items for evaluation allows people to learn whether something like a family heirloom that already had sentimental value is also financially valuable.
“It can get kind of tricky, and that’s why they have us there,” she said.
However, for all the people who find out that their attic clutter is worth something, just as many can walk out empty-handed for all the trouble of sweeping out their nooks and crannies.
“A lot of people have brought in Picassos thinking it was real when it was just a print,” Benton said. “I was just down in Florida a year ago and a lady had a Picasso and it was real, but the market was crazy. She was thinking she would get $40,000 for it, but there was just nobody buying it then, so we couldn’t give her much.”
Benton said she hopes to see about 200 people turn out for the show, though she is unsure what to expect.
“I don’t know how Craig is going to do, but another one of our Treasure Hunters teams came through and they said it was really nice,” she said.
Treasure Hunters, which operates out of Springfield, Ill., works in conjunction with several similar companies, such as the Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery and the International Military Collectors Association.
The International Coin Collectors Association was in Craig in April.
Benton said she would like to bring her team back to Craig for another show later in the year.
“It all depends on the weather, but we like to try and cover the whole country,” she said. “We just expanded into Europe and Canada. We’re everywhere.”
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story contained an error. That error has been corrected.
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