You never know where you might find lost, hidden treasures. Real life examples range from precious metals found in a storage unit, to the world's largest star sapphire, and a Civil War Colt army pistol, to an original copy of the Declaration of Independence found at a flea market.
Here are some treasure hunting tips from Olde Good Things:
Visit an architectural salvage shop.
Frequent your local weekend flea market or swap meet for local finds.
Check out the antique stores.
Go beachcombing. You never know what gadgets or jewelry you might find at the end of the day.
Go dumpster diving or patrol the sidewalks on trash day. You can find nice old sofas, valuable lamps, even floor tiles or kitchen cabinets.
Search you own home or that of your relatives. Tucked up in that attic crawlspace could be an old chest whose contents contain old posters, a baseball card collection or valuable paintings.
Explore a thrift store such as Goodwill or the Salvation Army for old picture frames, books and kitchen utensils.
Join a modern-day treasure hunt such as the Fenn Treasure, a $2 million stash of gold coins and jewelry hidden somewhere in New Mexico by a wealthy eccentric.
Invest in an unclaimed storage unit that comes up for sale.
Prospect yard sales. Looking for valuable finds at yard sales has all the hallmarks of a true treasure hunt.