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Selling old items can be profitable

The Treasure Hunters Road Show is in town, and it's not just for collectors.

Spokesman Matthew Enright said most who sell old valuables at the shows that are held all over the country are just average people who find things that may have just been laying around collecting dust.

The three-man staff at the White Columns Best Western in Thomson checks for the items in the organization's vast database, then writes a check on the spot if they're willing to buy it.

"It's really the curiosity factor in everybody that really brings the normal people out," said Enright, who advises potential sellers that cleaning items could reduce their value, particularly with old coins.

The show is being held through Friday from 9 a.m. -- 6 p.m. Enright said the group generally sees about 600-700 people sell items for an average of about $80,000 for the week.

Field Manager Ken Watkins said traffic was slow Monday with just about 15 people coming in, selling mostly coins and gold jewelry, which is selling at record levels.

Web posted on Thursday, August 04, 2011

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