Antique show booms during bad economy

By Patrice Clark - bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX) - The finest antiques and collectibles were showcased at the Treasure Hunters Roadshow Tuesday in Moss Point.  Anything you can name, from miniature classic cars to pocket watches, was being appraised and sold.

Seller Carol Messer couldn't wait to show off her vintage goods.

"I think this is a slide projector. I have a bracelet from the World's Fair in St. Louis," Messer said.

The Ocean Springs resident went to the show twice, hoping to make a small fortune off her unique treasures. She wants to put more money in her pocket to help during these tough times.

"I was here earlier and had some coins, and I cashed in and received more than what I thought I was going to get."

Jim Hickman is the director of the antique show, and has been impressed with the turnout. Hickman has found that the bad economy is forcing many people to sell valuables they wouldn't have considered giving up at one time.

"You wouldn't believe the number of mortgage payments we managed to pay for people, car and vehicle payments, even gas money," Hickman said. "It is a lot more material out there to sell than there are buyers for. It's a depressed market, but it's still a viable market."

Hickman recommends that South Mississippians dust of their old items and come to the show, because they could walk out with a fatter wallet.

"Bring those things in and we will turn them into cash."

The Treasure Hunters Roadshow runs through Saturday at the Holiday Inn Express in Moss Point.