Ever wonder what kind of items show up in a pawn shop? When you think about it, jewelry, watches, cameras, TV’s and other stuff like that would be the obvious. However, you might be surprised with some of the bigger ticket items that pawn shops will take and some of the more “unusual” items that they have accepted!
First, the big tickets: You might not be aware of it, but pawn shops will offer loans for cars, boats, trailers, motorcycles, etc. You may not have realized this, but for many people, it is a reliable place to get a loan when turned down by banks or other traditional financial institutions. What better way to secure a big loan than a big item? Another positive of pawning a bigger item is that it keeps the loan simple and keeps the paperwork tidy. These larger items will yield much more cash than bringing in a bunch of smaller items. You will however want to make sure that the pawn shop you are working with has an insured and weather safe holding area. This is imperative especially if you are looking to reclaim your item. Even if you are not, you still want to make sure your investment is covered, so to speak.
From the traditional to the down right strange, people have tried to pawn all sorts of things to secure cash. One pawn shop had a farmer come in looking to pawn his livestock. They had to turn him down since they had no place to keep live animals or anyone to care for them properly. People have also tried to pawn their gold teeth, body jewelry and even their braces once they have been removed! Stuffed mounts of animals, movie memorabilia and some pretty far out video games are other strange items.
In the end, it is all up to the discretion of the pawn shop owner. The bottom line is that they need to turn around and sell the items if they are not reclaimed. Therefore, the owner must think about profitability when they are looking at items to take. But hey, as the saying goes, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure, is it not? So, stop into Garden City Exchange… You never know what you might find!