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Treasure Hunters back in Salem this week

May 1, 2012

SALEM - Residents interested in bringing items to Treasure Hunters need to keep an open mind, a THR & Associates spokesman said on the eve of the show at the Salem Community Center.

"You never know if you have something rare sitting in your closet," Media Relations Vice President Matthew Enright said.

Treasure Hunters pays money on the spot to people for their collectibles and they're in town to look at people's local treasures from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

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An employee of Treasure Hunters inspects some jewelry during an event. The Treasure Hunters will be available at the Salem Community Center from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, looking to purchase valuable items from area residents, including coins, paper currency, musical instruments, toys, trains, jewelry, war relics and other articles. (Submitted photo)

The company headquartered in Springfield, Ill. travels across the country looking for items to purchase. During last year's event in Salem, Enright said they purchased a lot of coins and Civil War swords in a very successful show. He said they had a lot of attendance and a 30 percent repeat customer rate where people came back a second time.

"You never know what people have lying around their homes," he said.

When asked what people should bring, he said "coins are very valuable right now." Musical instruments and pocket watches are big items, too.

According to a press release, the Treasure Hunters paid $23,000 for a $1,000 bill dating back to 1880. They also see common items such as unworn, mismatched and even broken jewelry and in other cases, the rare and unusual.

"In Tampa, Fla. they uncovered a 19th Century Electric Chair. They found a rare 16th century authentic vampire killing kit passed down to a local resident by their German ancestor, and they have even purchased one of the world's most rare guitars, a 1959 Gibson Les Paul, for over $100,000," the press release said.

The types of items they expect to see include coins and paper currency issued prior to 1970, toys, dolls, trains, vintage jewelry, old and modern musical instruments, war memorabilia, gold and silver jewelry, costume jewelry, comic books, advertising memorabilia, swords, knives and daggers, according to the press release.

"We don't hesitate to involve our research department to get questions answered about certain pieces, and that enables us to make the best possible offers to our customers," Enright said in the press release.

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