The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is again making an appearance in Waxahachie. The business is on the lookout for unique and rare items Ellis County residents have to offer. And it’s prepared to pay.

“The event is free and it does not cost anything for anyone to come.  They can come in and talk to a live expert and find how much their stuff is worth. The cool thing is if we have a collector for it they can sell it to one of our collectors from around the country,” vice president of media relations Matthew Enright said.

“We are looking for everything from grandma’s class ring to rare guitars. You name it, we’re pretty much looking for it. We want to encourage people to have an open mind when they are looking through their attic, garages, basements and storage units. Please bring it on down to the show, because you never know if you have the next hidden treasure,” he said.

The roadshow will take place at the Waxahachie Civic Center at 2000 Civic Center Lane from 9 a.m.-6 p.m. March 8-11 and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. March 12.

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 the items.  Tables are arranged in multiple stations where roadshow representatives are sitting.

Sellers are asked to go to a table where a representative will examine their items. The items are valued and an offer to purchase is given. If people don’t want to sell their objects, they don’t have to. But if they choose to sell and an agreement is reached, a check will be given on the spot, with 10 percent deducted for the roadshow’s services.

Items experts will look at include coins, paper money (all denominations and foreign made before 1934), jewelry, toys, dolls, musical instruments, Tiffany-made items, historical documents, autographs, rare books, sports memorabilia, firearms, comics, guitars, automobiles, watches, advertising memorabilia, war items and anything old or unusual. The roadshow will do free gold testing and will be buying gold and silver. People can bring as many items as they want.

For more information about the show, visit its website at www.treasurehuntersroadshow.com.

For more information, call 217-726-7590.

“I would say that the biggest thing this year is vintage guitars for whatever reason. Over the past six or seven months we have five guitars that were purchased for over $100,000, all  of them Gibson Les Paul guitars. But if they have Gibson, Fender or Martin bring them in,” Enright said.

“We had a Fender guitar purchased for $42,000 just three weeks ago. Guitars seem to be a hot commodity right now for whatever reason. James Hatfield (lead singer of Metallica) actually bought a guitar from us,” he said.

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 finished or the item itself.

If a person wants to come back to the show with additional items an express card will be given which when they return will bring them right to the front of the line. There is no limit to the amount of items that you can bring to the show.