Do you have something that has been passed down in your family for years? Or maybe something that was in your house or garage when you moved in and wondered if it was worth anything?
You'll have the chance this week to find out if that "special item" has any real value or you can pitch it in the trash.
The Treasure Hunters Roadshow will be in Linton at the Roy Clark Community Building from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
"The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is on a world-wide treasure hunt and will be digging in town for five days. During this free event, the treasure hunters are expecting to see over 1,200 residents bringing in their rare and unusual collectibles," Matthew Enright, vice president of media for THR and Associates, explained.
"Locals will have a chance to talk to world-renowned antique and collectible experts, and it's free."
Enright indicated that you never know what people will uncover and bring to one of the shows.
He said recent finds include:
* A 1960's vintage guitar that was purchased for $100,000.
* Confederate money was uncovered when a family remodeled.
* An Abraham Lincoln hand-written thank you letter, expressing his gratitude for a night's stay while traveling to Chicago, was found by a family.
What kinds of items can you bring to the show?
"Our treasure hunters are hoping to see items such as coins and paper currency issued prior to 1965, toys, dolls, trains, vintage jewelry, old and modern musical instruments, war memorabilia, gold and silver jewelry, costume jewelry, advertising memorabilia, swords, knives, daggers, and the unusual," Enright said.
"Collectors are very serious about their hobby; so serious that they will pay a lot of money for the items they are looking for. Nearly all coins, vintage jewelry, musical instruments and toys made prior to 1965 are highly sought after by collectors.
"The Treasure Hunters Roadshow is a place where anyone in your community can connect with collectors from around the globe. Our treasure hunters make offers based on what our collectors are willing to pay. Then when someone decides to sell, they get paid on the spot and our treasure hunters send the item to the collector at their expense."
Even if you don't have anything you want the treasure hunters to look at, it sounds like an interesting event.
Maybe I'll do a little spring cleaning and see what I can uncover.
Chris is the general manager/editor for the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached by telephone at 847-4487 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org .