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Published November 14, 2011, 05:10 PM

'Treasure Hunters' in Grand Forks Turn Old Items into Big Bucks

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Old coins and broken jewelry could bring in some big bills. The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is in town and organizers say the value of unwanted antique items amazes most customers.

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Old coins and broken jewelry could bring in some big bills. The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is in town and organizers say the value of unwanted antique items amazes most customers.

The roadshow will check out antique items for free. In fact, if you're lucky, you could wind up walking out with a check as big as $100,000.

Collier Marinos, a field buyer says, "what we want to do is we want to get money into people's hands."

If you've ever wondered if your old broken jewelry is worth a few pennies, you could be pleasantly surprised.

"Broken and unwanted jewelry, gold coins, pre-1965 silver coins like Washington quarters, mercury-Roosevelt dimes, silver dollars, things like that. It's fun to come down, bring your items in, have them looked at for free, maybe leave with a check," field manager Kadey Samuelson said.

One man's trash could be another's treasure. Getting cash in a customers pocket and a smile on the buyer's face is an important part of the business.

"A great opportunity to build relationships with communities, we are constantly coming back to the same communities and this is an avenue you know if you have an item that you've inherited or you just don't know what to do with it, we're an outlet for you," said Samuelson.

"I had some old coins and I figured I'd just see what they're worth. I got them in Vermont about 20 years ago at an old antique auction," seller Larry Jones said.

Jones isn't your typical antique collector, but he says he has always wondered what his collection is worth.

"Curiosity. You never know until you get here," said Jones.

And buyers are curious to see what each new place has to offer.

"Might be able to find out what kind of history is in a town until someone sits at my table and I ask them and they start telling me stories about their history and about the history of the town," said Marinos.

The antique show is at the Country Inn & Suites and will be in town through Friday. They've been visiting cities around the United States for more than 15 years.

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