Fundraising

Trinket
or
Treasure?

Fundraising Events with Mayflower Estate Buyers

As a subsidiary of Nelson Coleman Jewelers, enriching the lives of individuals in our community is our mission.

Trinket or Treasure?

Trinket or Treasure is a unique fundraising opportunity hosted by Mayflower Estate Buyers that your supporters can use anytime!

We’ve all dreamed about finding something in our homes that is worth thousands of dollars. With Trinket or Treasure, your supporters have the chance to do just that! Our expert gemologists and appraisers inspect jewelry boxes, coin collections, watches, silver flatware, and more to discover if you have a jewelry box of Trinkets or a home full of Treasures. 

When they choose to sell their items to us, your organization has the opportunity to receive two forms of donation!

How it Works

We are committed to making your event successful. Our team works directly with your organization to create marketing materials and help you create a winning strategy for your event.

Discovery

Your donors schedule a discovery appointment online directly with our appraiser. These appointments can be in-person at our Towson office or virtual through Zoom. They make the appointment as it fits into their busy schedules. 

Evaluation

Our appraiser evaluates and examines each item your donor wants to know more about during their appointment. They begin by separating the Trinkets from the Treasures.

Donation

After the evaluation is complete, we give your donor an offer* to purchase their unwanted items. They can donate a portion or the entire amount directly to your organization. At the end of the event, we write your organization a check for 10% of the total amount of purchases we’ve made.

*All items must be inspected in our Towson, MD office. Thee seller must have a valid ID and be present at time of purchase.

What We Buy

You might be surprised what’s hiding in your jewelry box. Broken chains, single earrings, rings with no stores are all worth money! But we buy more than jewelry. These are just some of the items we purchase.

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Gold, Silver, and Platinum

We will buy most gold, sterling silver, and platinum jewelry – even if it’s broken!

  • Broken jewelry
  • Unmatched earrings
  • Tangled and broken chains, necklaces, and bracelets
  • Rings – even with missing stones
  • Gold and silver fillings for teeth

Premiums paid for fine and designer jewelry!

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Diamonds

We buy loose diamonds and diamond jewelry.

 Loose, mounted, chipped, or broken – any shape, any color. Appraisal paper or certificates are welcomed but not necessary.

 Premiums paid for diamonds 1 carat and larger.

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Fine Watches

All fine watches, time periods, and types – even if they don’t work.

  • Pocket watches
  • Diamond, gold, silver, and platinum wristwatches
  • Designer watches including Patek Philippe, Rolex, Audemars Piguet, Cartier, Tiffany, Vacheron, Omega, Breitling, and more
  • Premiums paid for fine and sports watches with boxes and papers.
  • We are not currently buying Seiko or Timex.
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Silver Flatware and Hollowware

We buy silver flatware and hollowware.

  • Sterling silver flatware sets – even with missing pieces Silver dishes, trays, accessories, and hollowware
  • Silver tea and coffee pots, candlesticks, sugar bowls, and more!
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Silver and Gold Coins

We buy silver and gold coins and gold, silver and platinum bars and bullion

  • Gold, silver, and platinum bars and bullion
  • Gold and silver coins
  • Proof coin sets and more
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Antique and Vintage Jewelry

We buy all types of fine antique and vintage jewelry.

  • Time periods including Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco, Retro, and more
  • Antique and vintage diamond jewelry
  • Antique and vintage gemstone jewelry
  • Designer jewelry including Baily, Banks and Biddle, Boucheron, Cartier, J. E. Caldwell, Georg Jensen, Lalique, Tiffany, Raymond Yard, Schlumberger, Seaman Schepps, Van Cleef and Arpels, Webb, and more!

We Support

We proudly support all inclusive organizations and nonprofits working on improving the lives of individuals in their communities. We do not work with political organizations or organizations that exclude individuals for their race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status, religion, or disability.