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Treasure hunters: Collectors search for hidden gems

BUFORD - Treasure hunters will be looking for loot in Buford this week.

The International Collectors Association will present the Treasure Hunters Roadshow on Tuesday through Saturday. Gwinnett residents can bring in their rare and unusual collectibles to find out how old items are, their places of origin and how much items are worth.

Treasure hunters will be looking for coins and paper currency issued before 1965, toys, dolls, trains, vintage jewelry, old and modern musical instruments, war memorabilia, gold, silver and costume jewelry, advertising memorabilia, weaponry and anything out of the ordinary.

"A lot of people have valuable antiques and collectibles laying around," said Treasure Hunters Roadshow Vice President Jason DeLong. "A lot of people will come to our events and they'll have a handful of coins that grandpa left them, maybe some estate jewelry, and people will cash in big on that."

With a database of thousands of private collectors from around the world waiting to snatch up items to add to their collections, Jason said residents can get top dollar for their items. The more money the treasure hunters pay for an item, the more they make on commission.

"We're actually trying to get people more for their items," DeLong said. "It's kind of like our own little stimulus package."

The Treasure Hunters Roadshow will be held Tuesday through Saturday at Wingate by Wyndham in Buford. For more information, call 217-523-4225.

SideBar: If you go

· What: Treasure Hunters Roadshow

· When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday

· Where: Wingate by Wyndham, 1355 Mall of Georgia Blvd. in Buford

· Cost: Free

· For more information: Call 217-523-4225