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Couple clears out memories at Treasure Hunters Roadshow

By KBell
Jan. 26, 2011 at 7:05 p.m.
Updated Jan. 26, 2011 at 7:27 p.m.

Dwight Thornes looks through a loupe for a close up view of gold Jewelry at the Treasure Hunter Road Show in Port Lavaca. Steady streams of people were willing to wait hours in the lobby for their number to be called.

IF YOU GOWHAT: Treasure Hunters Road Show

WHEN: Thursday and Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

WHERE: Best Western, 2202 N. State Hwy. 35, Port Lavaca

WHO: Anyone with anything old or unusual, like coins, gold, dolls, trains, war items, art, etc.

COST: Free

HOW IT WORKSGather up interesting items

Sit down with an expert, who will examine and identify your items

The expert will check with more than 64,000 worldwide potential buyers

If a buyer is found, they will make you an offer on the spot

If you choose to sell, the show will deduct 10 percent of the sell price for their services

You will be issued a check

There is no obligation to sell

For more than 50 years, all of their children's toys have been accumulating in the Sablatura's attic - only to be replaced with new must-haves that would be discarded and piled up, too.

Every Christmas, when it came time to drag decorations out of the attic and, of course, buy new toys, the couple vowed to clean out the land of forgotten trinkets.

But the opportunity to go to the Treasure Hunters Road Show in Port Lavaca validated their procrastination.

"We knew that this was here, so I said, 'Let's go try it,'" Lois Sablatura said, after taking a number behind about 30 people at the show.

"We'd been watching those antique shows, too - 'American Pickers' and 'Pawn Stars.'" said her husband, Adolph A.

The couple strolled into the Best Western Hotel Wednesday afternoon empty-handed and approached the show's manager, Angela Wright.

Their treasures were piled in the bed of a truck, they told her.

"This is gonna be fun," Wright said, examining the plastic containers stacked three-high.

"It was fun going through them," Lois said.

While Adolph transferred the half-century-old toys onto a luggage cart, Lois said the trains, pedal cars, Matchbox cars, G.I. Joe figurines and books she remembers reading to her two sons held sentimental value.

"It's going to be hard," she said. "In fact, we decided to leave some items at home."

Their 56-year-old son only requested they keep his favorite fire truck.

Adolph was more practical.

"All the toys are pretty much the same to me," he said. "That was so far back, I'm doing good just remembering my name," he joked.

Adolph admitted he didn't know what the toys were worth, but said the experience was worth it just to get them out of his home.

"I told her, I said, 'I don't want to have to come back with all that stuff.'"

The couple also brought a bag full of coins, which Wright said is one of the most popular items both sought and brought in to the show.

Wright has sold a penny for $400 and a dime for $1,500 in previous shows.

"The guy called his girlfriend and said, 'I'm taking you out on a penny,'" Wright recalled. "She got mad, but it was funny."

Meanwhile, the Sablaturas found a seat in the crowded lobby and settled in for an hours-long wait to see one of the show's buyers.

The downtime allowed Adolph to remember some memories with his sons.

"I guess my favorite were those trains," he finally said.

Because of the large turnout, the Sablatura's goods weren't able to be appraised Wednesday. They said they hoped to hear back from the Roadshow by Friday.

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