The Land of Lincoln Treasure Buyers LLP will be holding a free public event at the Super 8 in Troy on March 6-7 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.
They will then visit Elsberry on March 8 where they will set up shop at the American Legion Hall.
President and owner William Gross said he hopes residents will come out and take advantage of this free opportunity to learn from the company’s experts and possibly even leave with some cash in their pockets.
“I have a number of outstandingly knowledgeable individuals that have years of experience in evaluating old coins, currencies, toys, advertising items and historic articles, just to name a few,” said Gross. “If you have items such as these, now might be a perfect time to liquidate them. We will make fair offers on anything that is old or gold and pay you for your treasure in cash dollars.”
One of Gross’s “outstandingly knowledgeable individuals” is Archie Davis, who will be at both the Troy and Elsberry events.
“We travel throughout the Midwest and all throughout the country buying antiques, collectibles and precious metals,” said Davis. “People basically go through their attics, basements and old jewelry boxes and if they have old class rings, an old wedding set, necklaces, earrings, silverware or other jewelry it’s very easy for us to turn that into cash for them. If it’s gold or silver then it’s worth money.”
Davis said people can also bring in old musical instruments.
“There are a lot of different brands and manufacturers out there that are worth money,” said Davis.
Davis said over the years he has seen guitars sell for over $100,000.
“We openly share our knowledge and want to educate folks,” said Gross.
Most items are usually small enough that people are able to carry them in for analysis, but Gross said if circumstances don’t allow for that then individuals do have the option of taking a pictures of the object or objects with a cell phone and then bringing the photo.
According to Gross, many people may hesitate to bring in items such as broken pocket or wristwatches, twisted up heaps of necklaces or costume jewelry or those tokens or tie clips that have been pushed around for years in drawers or jewelry boxes.
Despite this understandable reluctance, Gross said he encourages people to bring these items in regardless.
Davis said he has seen cast iron toys sell for as much as $62,000 and can remember one particular coin collection that sold for over $100,000.
A dentist in Missouri even brought in over 10 pounds of gold teeth once, which resulted in quite an impressive payday.
For those who aren’t able to come to the events personally, Gross also offers the opportunity to call and set up a home visit.
“Some people might let this opportunity slip past them due to a lack of mobility or other limiting factors,” said Gross. “Others might not feel safe bringing their valuables out into the public for fear of loss or damage.”
Davis said he always hopes that the people who come to these events are able to leave richer, but even when that doesn’t happen he knows they leave with at least a little more knowledge.