Think that you have the next great hidden find? Something that no one else has?

The Treasure Hunters Roadshow will be in Waxahachie for the next five days to see what great items have been stashed away.

“We are looking for everything from Grandma’s guitar to rare coins. People walk into the show with things they think that is junk and walk out with hundreds and sometimes even thousands of dollars,” vice president of media relations Matthew Enright said.

“This show has a little bit of something for everyone and everyone has something of value around the house whether it be jewelry or coins that someone has collected. We typically see about 1,000 to 1,500 that come to take part in this event,” he said.

The roadshow is taking place at the Holiday Inn and Suites located at 2010 Civic Center Drive from Feb. 16-19. The event is free to the public and runs from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday.

People attending the event will not only receive a value on the items they bring in for free, they will also have the chance to sell that item. Tables are arranged in multiple stations where Roadshow representatives are sitting. Sellers are asked to come to a table where a representative will examine items; the items are valued and an offer to purchase is given.

“The atmosphere is extremely casual and there is no pressure to sell. Our experts try to give a realistic value for items that are brought in from collectors that are interested – it’s not an inflated appraisal,” Enright said.

“Once an agreement is reached they are paid on the spot through a check and a release is signed for television. Remember to keep an open mind when you’re going through your garage or attic when you’re looking for items to bring,” he said.

Items that experts will be looking at include coins, paper money (all denominations and foreign made before 1934), jewelry, toys, dolls, musical instruments, watches, advertising memorabilia, war items and anything old or unusual. The Roadshow will do free gold testing and will be buying gold and silver. Enright said people can bring as many items they want experts to look at.

People attending the event may have to wait up to 45 minutes before their item can be looked at and valued. It is important to remember not to clean the antique or collectible because it could do damage to any finish or the item itself.

“We had a lot of interesting items come through to be sold. One item was Johnny Cash’s bed that was willed to his secretary. She brought it in and had documentation along with it,” he said. “Another item that was brought in was an actual Les Paul guitar that a collector bought for $100,000.”

Enright said the show is not only about finding the value about different objects and cutting a check but it is also about the history behind an item. He said the show goes into the homes of both the seller and the buyer and people get to see the process from start to finish.

For more information about the show, go to its Web site at www.treasurehuntersroadshow.com.

Contact Andrew at andrew.branca@wninews. com or 469-517-1458.