How Did It All Start?


Treasures in a Bag Founder, Mardie Caldwell, describes how she got started with gold prospecting:

Mardie Caldwell visiting a cole mineI have been an avid rock and gem buff since I was 15 years old. During my teen years I traveled to South America to see some great and wondrous gem stones and diamonds – I was hooked!

Later in life, I became interested in gold prospecting when we moved to Nevada County. My children and I learned how to locate and recover the gold in the streams that still surround Nevada County and other counties here today. I have shared my knowledge with adults and kids of all ages and enjoy seeing the surprise when they see  “GOLD” in their pans and not fools gold.


Our Supporters


Treasures in a Bag is made possible through the following supporters and treasure hunters like you!
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Lifetime Foundation

All proceeds from Treasures in a Bag sales go directly to Lifetime Foundation. YOUR purchase helps women and children in need. Here is a thank you note from a woman who received assistance from the Lifetime Foundation:

"This scholarship is my savior, by knowing that there are people like you that believe in the good that I can do. Thank you so much. You will never know what you've done for me!"

-Briana, a birth mother who is currently attending college to become a Registered Nurse

Treasures in a Bag are terrific, unique gifts and can make a whole family smile!