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Roadshow can turn everyday items into treasure
Gold and silver, antiques, toys among items field buyers appraising, buying at show in Hinesville
Welsh with silver coin
Rachel Welsh, show manager for the Treasure Hunters Roadshow sponsored by Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery, shows a silver dollar, a sample of the items she and field buyer Sofia Buchatskiy are looking to buy. Gold, silver, jewelry, comic books anything of value will be considered, Welsh said. - photo by Randy C.Murray

Items lying around the house could be worth a lot of money, and an opportunity to sell these items now is open to Hinesville residents.

Ohio Valley Gold & Silver Refinery is hosting a Treasure Hunter’s Roadshow at the Country Inn & Suites through Sunday.

"Obviously, silver and gold are selling at an all-time high right now," said show manager Rachel Welsh as she listed some items they are looking for. "Silver coins that predate 1965, paper money of all denominations that predate 1934, silver candlesticks, antique guns, toys, dolls, trains – whatever. If it’s in good shape, bring it down and we’ll take a look at it."

A display table welcomes guests as they enter the motel’s meeting room. With a box guitar on one end and a classic electric guitar on the other, the table holds a variety of treasures, including old coins, costume jewelry, a Nazi helmet, bayonets, an old radio and a cast-iron statue of a Boston terrier. Welsh showed off some the items, including a silver dollar and silverware.

Welsh and field buyer Sofia Buchatskiy both live in Florida but specifically asked to work in Georgia. Welsh said their parent company, THR & Associates, put them through a thorough training program at the company’s headquarters in Springfield, Ill. She has worked with the company since 2010, while Buchatskiy said she’s been a field buyer for six months.

"Last week, we were in Albany, Ga.," Welsh said. "I think we saw about 150 to 160 customers during that week. Usually, the first day is a little slow, but it picks up after people realize we’re here and where we are. Next week, we’ll be in Waycross."

Welsh said THR & Associates has 170 teams nationwide and in Canada. Customers who bring in an item of value are paid for that item on the spot, Buchatskiy said. She said the offer they make is based on the rarity of the item, its collectability, condition and market value.

The Treasure Hunter’s Roadshow will be at the Country Inn & Suites from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Saturday, and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. For more info, call 717-992-1618.

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