© Diane Crocker
CORNER BROOK — By late Tuesday afternoon about 75 people had brought their treasures to the Greenwood Inn and Suites to be appraised by the Great Canadian Roadshow.
And one of those items is now the focus of a bidding war with collectors.
Vanessa Downey is a manager with the Great Canadian Roadshow, a buying company that represents collectors from all over North America.
People can drop by the Greenwood with their items from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. from now until Friday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. They’ll also be back in the city next week.
Downey said roadshow staff go into communities and encourage people to bring in anything they have from coins to dolls and toys to military memorabilia. She said the service is free and there’s no limit on the number of items people can have appraised. Appraisers will assess the items and then search a company data base for potential buyers.
“Our goal is to help them out and hopefully write them a cheque,” said Downey.
But she cautioned that just because something is old it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s valuable.
“Things really are worth what someone else is willing to pay.”
If someone has something that is collectible, Downey said they’ll know it’s valuable because it’s rare.
“So we look to see how rare it is, or if it was highly massed produced, because that’s really what’s going to make the difference. And then it’s all about condition. If you have something rare people are gonna want it in really good condition.”
On the first day of business in Corner Brook, she said they were seeing a lot of coin collections and some toys and Barbies.
Among the coins was a 1948 silver dollar, brought in a by a local man who declined to be interviewed.
Downey said the rare coin ignited a bidding war among collectors.
Bidding on the coin started at $1,500 and by the afternoon was up to $1,800. Bidding will close sometime this morning.
The company just finished a three-week tour in St. John’s and while there put $240,000 back into the community.
The company is also affiliated with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. When someone sells an item they’re asked if they want to donate a portion of the sale to the foundation and the roadshow will match it dollar for dollar.