Great Canadian Roadshow will tell you what your treasures are worth

Diane Crocker
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Great Canadian Roadshow

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.

Organizations: Greenwood Inn, Heart and Stroke Foundation

Geographic location: North America.People, Corner Brook

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Recent comments

  • Boyet Valerio
    June 18, 2013 - 01:18

    Great day! Just want to ask when are you coming back to the philippines?

  • neil joshua ayeng
    February 05, 2013 - 11:08

    when and where is your next location? pls contact this # 09075793085

  • Joahna Espaldon
    December 06, 2012 - 00:33

    We are interested in selling a few old money from other places. We are in the Philippines. How go we go about it? please inform contact number; 09401700144 i'll wait for your reply and please indicate your present location for transaction and appraisal,thank you and more power to your company

  • Nanette Amparo
    December 02, 2012 - 01:50

    We are interested in selling a few old coins. We are in the Philippines. How go we go about it?

  • mike
    November 24, 2012 - 22:54

    hello great canadian roadshow, are you open to buy scrap platinum group metals item,if so please inform contact number; 09281127798 i'll wait for your reply and please indicate your present location for transaction and appraisal,thank you and more power to your company

  • john joseph narag
    October 13, 2012 - 03:54

    i got old photos of world war 2 planes puoring bomb,sordier,warplane and other how much it is, please do email me for interested thank you.

  • dustin chandler
    December 07, 2011 - 13:53

    "bidding war". $300.00 is not much of a bidding war at least not in my experience in acquiring unique collectibles.

    • Curious
      December 07, 2011 - 21:43

      Can you bring anything to be early 1900 magazines and comic books?