“They were collected many years ago by my husband’s uncle,” said Sally Cox, 87. “I have had them for 40 years.”
Cox brought a small portion of the collection to the Olan Forest Smith VFW Post 8577, where the National Coin Collectors Association’s Antique Pickers Back Roads Tour is purchasing collectables until Saturday.
“You don’t know what you are going to get,” said Cox as Jeff Hunter, a general manager for the organization, examined her first haul of coins. “If I don’t get rid of them, someone will have to.”
The antique pickers are looking for a variety of items, such as old toys, coins, war memorabilia and jewelry, Hunter said.
The group came to Copperas Cove to make the show more accessible to area residents.
Hunter travels every day of the week for the group.
“There are so many things in different regions,” he said. “You never know what is out there, so you’ve got to go out there a lot of the time to let people know it is valuable.”
Tuesday’s crowd was steady with people entering the building almost every 30 minutes looking to sell some old items.
“Some of the shows are steady like this and then there is one where people are waiting an hour or two,” Hunter said.
Cox was excited to sell the coins she brought, so she went back home for the rest of them.
But some people, such as Winniferd Turner, 44, and Dahal Ivory, 48, both of Copperas Cove, were not as lucky.
“We thought we would have something of value,” said Ivory, who brought several items from home.
The two were disappointed their haul didn’t amount to a lot of money and they took the majority of it home.
When Cox walked back into the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall, she breathed deep and exhaled quickly as she carried a larger and heavier box inside.
Hunter bought every coin she brought in.
“I am glad to get these things out of the way,” she said.