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The Great American Treasure Hunt in Jasper Feb. 6-9


     Brent Bishop looks over a 13-colony US flag that was brought in by a local customer in West Virginia.

Do you ever wonder what that old toy, class ring or piece of war memorabilia you have stashed away in your closet is worth? You might be sitting on a small fortune. Mark your calendar because the Great American Treasure Hunt and their specialists are coming to Microtel in Jasper. The traveling road show will be at the Highway 515 hotel Feb. 6, 7, 8, and 9, Wednesday-Friday (9 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Saturday (9 a.m.-4 p.m.).

    The Great American Treasure Hunt, which is free to the public, is a touring road show event which travels the North American continent. While the Great American Treasure Hunt will buy anything that is old, the focus will be on gold and silver jewelry, coins made before 1965, military items, toys and trains, musical instruments, pocket and wrist watches, costume jewelry, old US currency printed prior to 1964 and foreign coins.
    The Great American Treasure Hunt President, Anthony Enright, explains what sets our event apart. “Due to our relationships with vendors across the US and our direct link to gold and silver refineries, we are able to pay unbelievable prices for both precious metals and collectibles.” Visitors to the event will also be able to ask questions directly to the specialists. Enright says, “Everybody has an item or two that they are curious about its value. This event is a great place to find out what it’s worth and sell it on the spot if you choose.”
    Another aspect that sets the Great American Treasure Hunt event apart from competitors is their commitment to excellent customer service. The folks that have attended there events in the past have stated…”I have never been treated so fairly, the specialists know there stuff and I got a great deal for my items.”
    During a weak economy, gold and silver prices soar. Because of this, the Great American Treasure Hunt is able to provide much needed revenue to communities and their families. One attendee reported, “I recently lost my job and was having a difficult time with monthly expenses and providing for my family. I was able to sell my unwanted gold and silver jewelry for $1,500 when the jewelry store and pawn shops were offering nearly half that amount. Now that is a stimulus package I can relate to.”
    Enright stresses it’s not just the hidden gems they are looking for, “One thing that every woman probably has is broken jewelry; necklaces, bracelets, rings or even earrings that are no longer part of a set. The time has never been better to cash-in on those pieces sitting at the bottom of your jewelry box!” Typically, for a mixed box of old jewelry, people can walk out with a check for a few hundred dollars depending on the quality.
    If you are planning on attending, here are a few tips for visitors. Although the evaluation process is very quick, bring along a book to read because you may have to wait in line for 5-10 minutes depending on the day. Also, don’t clean your items, it could damage them and ultimately lower its value. The specialists can see through the dirt and grime. Finally, there is no limit to the number of items you can bring, they will evaluate it all. Even if you have unusually large items, they are available to assist you.
    Enright promises, “It’s a fun, free and exciting event and more than likely, you will walk out with a money in hand.” These days when everyone is looking to save money and ways to come up with extra cash, this is a great way to do it.”

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