The hunt is on for treasure

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By Kirsten Laskey

Are there priceless items sitting in your closet? Or maybe stacked up on shelves in your attic or stuffed in boxes in the garage? Your home could contain a fortune in antiques, gold, coins or jewelry, and you might not know about it. One way to determine if your stuff is valuable is take it to the Treasure Hunters Road Show.

The Treasure Hunters Road Show will set up shop Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express in Los Alamos. Hours of operation are  9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. There is no cost.

This is the first time that the Road Show has traveled to Los Alamos.

“We’re really doing a sweep of the state,” Road Show President Jeff Parsons said. “We (also) have had a number of calls sent to our administration asking us to come to the area … I guess it was by popular demand.”

Since 1996, according to a press release, the Road Show has traveled to more than 600 cities and hosts more than 200 events annually. It’s a profitable program. Parsons said about 80 percent of those who come to the Road Show make a sale.

Participants can bring in anything. Paper money, gold coins, jewelry, platinum, silver, toys, musical instruments, watches and war items are just a few examples.

Road Show employees make offers based on what their collectors are willing to pay. People get paid on the spot and items are sent to the collectors at the buyers’ expense.

Parsons recommends, for a successful sale, not to clean any items because it could damage the valuable. People should also keep an open mind about their stuff, it could be worth more than they realize.

“We’ll have so much expertise,” Parsons said, “(and) it’s a lot of fun and they can cash in, too.”

In addition to being profitable, he said it is entertaining. “They can go in and see a lot of different folks and it’s really entertaining to see what folks bring.”

Hearing people’s stories about their possessions is interesting, Parsons added, plus it’s a chance to see things that are not normally visible.

“It’s a really fun event,” he said.