Jack of All Trades opens in Evart

EVART — For businessman Matt Burton, his passion of coin collecting began at just 5 years old and only increased as he aged.

"I like the history," he said. "You never know where they've been or who's held them."

Now, the Clare resident has opened a business in downtown Evart called Jack of All Trades Coins and Collectibles, in hopes of providing individuals with the chance to buy, sell or trade their coins and paper money dating back to the mid-1700s, watches, gold, signed sports memorabilia and more.

"I came here because there was no coin shop and no one to service people for their coins and jewelry," Burton said. "I want to grow a relationship with the Evart community so people won't have to drive to larger cities to get paid for their goods."

A collector for more than 25 years, he is certified in coin grading and enjoys collecting coins of all types, while educating customers on the rare finds they may have hiding in a box that hasn't been opened in decades. Because the Evart area is an old farming community, families who have heirlooms may not understand what they really have and find "treasures collecting dust," Burton added. If he's interested, he'll strike a deal.

"I collect for my own enjoyment and if I get duplicates or coins I personally don't want, I sell them," he said. "I pay the value of the actual coin, not the commodity value. I pay collector prices, not dealer prices, and there are no taxes because I'm not a dealer. I inspect each coin by hand."

Burton also offers select pieces of antique furniture, satellite television and internet and provides free appraisals on estate items and pieces brought into the business. His main stock, however, will be coins and paper bills.

"I like collecting and dealing with people, educating them on the coins they have and the history behind them," he said. "It's a lot of fun for me."

Jack of All Trades Location: 130 N. Main St., Evart Phone: (517) 204-0787 Hours: From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; after hours and Saturdays by appointment