Treasure Hunters Roadshow slated for Austin

Published 10:55 am Thursday, March 12, 2009

If you’ve got possible collectibles collecting dust in your attic, basement or closet, now is the time to find out how much they’re really worth.

The traveling Treasure Hunters Roadshow will make its first stop in Austin from Tuesday, March 17 through Saturday, March 21 at the Holiday Inn.

According to Jill Reichert, director of media for the Treasure Hunters Roadshow, this free event will not turn anyone down for bringing too many “collectibles,” whether they be your coin collection or that guitar you attempted to play in high school.

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“There is no limit to the amount of things they can bring in,” Reichert said.

Unlike some shows, Treasure Hunters not only appraises items, but five on-site buyers will be available to make offers on items collectors want to buy. Prime offers for items result in more than 80 percent of items brought to the Roadshow turning into a sale.

No one who attends the show is required to sell their items; however, if they are interested in selling, they will be purchased on the spot.

Although any items are welcome at the Roadshow, there are particular items of interest, Reichert said, including: antique toys; musical instruments, particularly guitars; war memorabilia; advertising memorabilia; gold, silver and precious metals; costume jewelry; toys; and coins from 1965 and older.

The Roadshow does not have buyers for some items, like sports memorabilia and record albums.

“I can’t guarantee we’d offer to purchase them,” Reichert said, but explained that if “anything’s old, we’d like to see it.”

The Treasure Hunters Roadshow will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 17-20 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 21.

Since 1996, the Roadshow has traveled to more than 600 cities throughout the United States and Canada. Currently, 12 teams are running about nine to 12 shows per week, Reichert said.

The Roadshow has also visited Rochester, Willmar and Worthington this year.

For more information, call (217) 636-7900 or visit