By Maria-Jose Subiria
Locals will be able to bring their antiques and collectibles to a roadshow, and exchange them for cash next week.
The International Collectors Association will present "The Treasure Hunters Roadshow," from Tuesday, April 27, through April 30, from 9 a.m., to 6 p.m., and May 1, from 9 a.m., to 4 p.m., at the Clarion Hotel Atlanta Airport South, 6288 Old Dixie Road, Jonesboro, said Matthew Enright, spokesperson for "The Treasure Hunters Roadshow."
According to Enright, between six and eight antiques-collectibles experts expect to assist approximately 1,200 participants, by informing them of their item's age, place of origin and worth, at the free event. People will have an opportunity to sell their antiques, if they wish, Enright said.
No appraisals will be conducted, explained Enright. "People can bring in their old stuff and get paid for it on the spot," he said, during a phone interview.
Modern-day treasure hunters are seeking items, such as coins made before 1965, U.S. and foreign bills made before 1934, gold coins, jewelry, platinum, silver, toys made before 1965 and advertising memorabilia, to name a few, said Enright.
Enright said guests should not clean their antiques or collectibles, because it might cause serious damage to the item, or its finishes. Depending on the number of participants in attendance, guests should expect to wait up to 45 minutes, he added.
Enright said people can bring an unlimited amount of items to the road show, and are eligible to get special treatment, if they decide to bring more antiques and collectibles to sell. "When you come to a show and decide you want to bring back more items, you will get an Express Card, which brings you right to the front of the line when you return," he said.
"Some collectors are looking for certain things in coins, some are looking for certain things in toys," he said about the variety of items that treasure hunters seek.
Jesse Price, the show manager for the event, said he has seen a lot of World War II items brought by guests ... such as guns, bayonets, swords and foreign metals.
"Honestly, you never know what is going to walk through the door," he said. According to Price, the roadshow has traveled annually since 1996, and has visited more than 1,000 cities.
He said Jonesboro was chosen as a location because the roadshow wanted to give residents an opportunity to participate in the free event. "It is just a town that doesn't seem to get much attention," said Price. "There is about 10,000 people [in the area] and we want to give everyone an opportunity to come and see what they all have."