In Demand at Pawn Shops: What to Know About Selling and Pawning

Sell and Pawn

Sell and Pawn

Spring is here, and many of us are in “cleaning” mode. If you’re in need of cash, you may want to consider cleaning out your jewelry box, and selling or pawning some gold, silver, or diamond jewelry. But that’s not all jewelers are interested in. Read on to find out all that you can sell or pawn, and what to know before you do.

In demand items to sell or pawn

Pawn shops are known for selling and pawning a wide array of items, from guitars to gold necklaces. Given the bullish market on precious metals, gold in any form — coins, necklaces, bracelets, rings, even dental gold — generally demand higher estimate prices. That old, unused sterling silver flatware set is also likely to earn you some nice cash. Platinum and loose diamonds are also usually priced higher, depending on their weight and condition. Other items to consider selling or pawning are watches (especially Swiss), gemstones, estate jewelry, antiques, and heirloom jewelry. Of course, the estimate price will depend on the condition and market value of a given item.

What are the Nuts & Bolts of how a pawn loan works?

If you’re thinking of pawning an item instead of selling it, here’s how a pawn loan works. When you bring in a piece of jewelry or other item to the pawn shop, the property is appraised, preferably by a professional appraiser. The appraiser then gives you a price for your item, the interest rate on the loan and other terms and conditions of the loan.

In the case of coins and jewelry, the value is based on standardized industry factors, such as karat weight, rarity and condition. The pawnbroker will then offer a fixed-rate loan based on the agreed upon value, for a period of time, usually 30 days.

If you agree to the price and terms of the loan, you will receive cash in the amount agreed upon. The item then becomes collateral against the loan. You’ll receive a pawn ticket with your name and address, a description of the pawned item, the loan amount and the maturity date. The local police will also get a copy of the receipt. Once the loan, plus any interest, is paid in full, you’ll receive your item back. Check out this link for specific details about Loans from Garden City Pawn

Sell and PawnFind the right pawn shop

Like any business, pawn shops differ from shop to shop. Some specialize in higher end items, while others tend to offer better loan prices than others. Do your due diligence before choosing to do business with a pawn shop. Integrity and professionalism are of the utmost importance—the highest loan price doesn’t necessarily make the best deal.

It’s a good sign when a shop is a member of the National Pawnbrokers Association, and its appraisers are educated by the Gemological Institute of America (GIA), the world’s foremost authority on diamonds, colored stones, and pearls. Do some research ahead of time, ask plenty of questions and make sure you agree to the appraisal estimate, loan price and terms and conditions of the loan before agreeing to the loan.


Make sure your item sparkles

Once you know what you’re going to sell or pawn, it’s important that your pieces look as pristine as possible. Before cleaning, it’s important to know that different precious metals and gemstones require different cleaning techniques, so be sure to research and follow the instructions for the type of jewelry you want to clean. If you have a gold or silver piece with a gemstone, follow the cleaning instructions for the gemstones, not the metal, as gemstones are more delicate.

Other things to keep in mind:

  • Make sure the setting of your piece is secure and well fastened, so you don’t damage or lose a valuable gemstone during cleaning.
  • Use a soft, lint-free jewelry cloth or light cotton cloth to remove dust or other contaminants from the piece, as they may cause light scratching during cleaning.
  • Use a mild detergent — do not use any harsh, abrasive cleaners such as chlorine and ammonia, especially on opaque gemstones.
  • Avoid using tweezers, pins or other sharp objects to remove dirt and grime, as they may damage the stone or setting.
  • Do not clean your jewelry over a sink, as a stone could come loose and fall into the drain pipe.
  • Don’t be afraid to clean that Flat Screen Tv or Xbox System.  It may help you get a few extra bucks!

Also, if you have an expensive and valuable piece, consider having a professional clean it to avoid damage.


As Always Garden City Exchange will make the Highest and Best Cash offer we possibly can on each and every item that comes into our store. Don’t Hesitate to call or Text us anytime if you have something to sell or Pawn!
 Call:  734-525-0777   |   Text: 313-215-6986


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