The swimming areas are particularly rich in treasures as people drop coins or lose rings and other jewelry in the water while swimming.
“I’ve found some nice women’s gold metal rings,” Gifford said. “Since you can’t use metal detectors, they’re just laying there until the weather reveals them.”
He said the difference between old copper pennies and the new zinc pennies are very obvious. Silver coins and jewelry tarnishes but shines right up. Gold is always good, he said.
Once he found a gold chain and sold it for $850.
“Gold prices are high,” he said. “I like finding things.”
Gifford said he lives alone with his dogs and when he’s not walking the beaches of Lake Thunderbird, he’s reading.
“I come out here because it’s peaceful,” he said. “It’s serene. It’s life.”