Got junk? See the Treasure Hunters in PTC this week.

If you have gold, silver, antiques or other rare collectibles lying around your house, the Treasure Hunters Roadshow wants to see them!
The Treasure Hunters Roadshow, based in Springfield, IL is bringing its five-day roadshow to Peachtree City for the first time this week, starting today at The Hampton Inn (300 W. Park Dr.)

“What we’ve really seen a ton of is gold and silver,” said Matthew Enright, the Roadshow’s Vice President of Media Relations. “As the dollar gets weaker, gold and silver go up in value. The gold market is through the roof,” he continued.

“People are bringing in broken chains, necklaces and rings. Residents are taking advantage of the market,” Enright said.

“Recently, one man in South Dakota brought in a handful of old silver dollars and 50-cent pieces, and he walked out with more than $2,300,” Enright said. “The guy was blown away.”

“The Treasure Hunters make offers based on what collectors are willing to pay. When someone decides to sell, he or she gets paid on the spot, and the Treasure Hunters send the item to the collector,” Enright said. Part of a nationwide tour, the Treasure Hunters Roadshow launched 15 years ago and has been all over the world including the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

“We’re looking for items such as Gibson and Fender guitars, war items, paper currency, advertising memorabilia, vintage toys, any coins from 1964 and before, and anything gold.” said Enright.

Enright noted an item doesn’t have to be old to be valuable – just unusual and in the best possible condition. “It has to do with rarity of the item,” he said. “It could be coins from 2000. A businessman invested in new gold coins in early 2000. He paid $1,200 a piece for four high grade coins and he ended up walking out with a check for almost $40,000.”

Guests to the show should know these things:

• This costs nothing. It is a completely free experience.

• Do not clean the antique or collectible. You could do serious damage to any finishes or the item itself.

• Expect to wait up to 45 minutes, depending on the crowd. Bring a book and also enjoy watching other Roadshow items brought in to the event.

• Bring along all broken gold jewelry. Gold prices are higher than ever right now. Free testing will be available.

• Come and expect to have fun as you will see things you will never see again in a lifetime.

• When you come to a show and decide you want to bring back more items, you will get an Express Card, which brings you right to the front of the line when you return.

• Bring as many items as you want, there is no limit.

• All gold, silver and platinum coins are extremely sought after by collectors.

• All silver dollars, halves, quarters and dimes made before 1965 are surprisingly valuable today.

The show typically attracts 1,200 to 1,500 people over the course of the week, Enright stated. Treasure Hunters Roadshow is also in the process of shooting their new reality TV series, set to launch in Fall 2010.

The show runs from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, check out their website treasurehuntersroadshow.com or call 217-726-7590.