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Fine Art with Religious Tones in High Demand

By   /  June 9, 2013  /  Collectibles, Pawn Shops  /  No Comments

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Pawn Stars’ Rick Harrison sees his fair share of religious items at Gold & Silver Pawn.  “Religious items are very popular and come through the shop quite often,” he says.  An early-to-mid-18th century German bible, a copy of Rembrandt’s “Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem” and a Rembrandt etching from 1632 entitled the “Raising of [...]

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Pawn Shops More Popular in Arizona

By   /  June 9, 2013  /  Pawn Shops  /  No Comments

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A recent study found that 18 percent of Americans reported using a pawn shop within the past five years to get cash.  Arizonans are much more likely than the rest of the nation to turn to a pawn shop with 27 percent reporting they had taken out a pawn loan.  For some the numbers were [...]

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Pawn Shops Transcend Stereotypes

By   /  May 26, 2013  /  Pawn Shops  /  No Comments

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Pawn shops neither follow the typical seedy stereotype, nor do they exactly look like what you see on reality tv.  Pawn shop manager, Danielle Batha says, “People come in and they say: ‘This is a pawn shop?’ They’re surprised because it’s not what they expect. It’s not dingy. The merchandise is good quality. It’s clean. [...]

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Small Short-term Loans Most Popular at a Pawn Shop

By   /  May 8, 2013  /  Pawn Shops  /  No Comments

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For those who’ve never been inside a pawn shop the experience can be a bit of a mystery.  In a way, television shows such as ‘Pawn Stars’ and ‘Hardcore Pawn’ have introduced mainstream America to life inside a pawn shop, however, the big sales that occur on these shows aren’t the norm for your average [...]

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Pawnbroker sees an Increase in Upscale Clients

By   /  May 5, 2013  /  Pawn Shops, Uncategorized  /  No Comments

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Robbie Whitten went on a road trip at the age of 18 with his father in 1979 setting up booths and buying unwanted gold and silver jewelry to sell to a smelter.  A year later the market collapsed and the Whittens had a warehouse full of jewelry so they decided to go into the pawn [...]

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Pawn Shops Help Ordinary People through Difficult Times

By   /  May 1, 2013  /  Pawn Shops  /  No Comments

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A well groomed woman in expensive looking clothes and jewelry may look out of place in a pawn shop, however, looks can be deceiving.  For those struggling and coming to a pawn shop for the first time, a good staff member can make all the difference.  Pawn store manager Tina Stanley points out that in [...]

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Pawnbrokers Expanding Business

By   /  April 21, 2013  /  Pawn Shops  /  No Comments

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Pawnbroking is a business that thrives even in hard time, and many pawnbrokers are expanding their business.  In the United States, Beverly Loan Company has expanded with a new branch opened this spring- New York Loan Company.  In the UK, Nathan Finch of Pickwick Pawnbrokers says that 22 years ago when he started working for [...]

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Pawn Shop Negotiation

By   /  April 20, 2013  /  Pawn Shops  /  No Comments

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Many people turn to pawn shops when they need quick cash and knowing how to negotiate will help consumers get the best values.  “The person that’s the better negotiator is the one who’s going to get the better deal,” said pawn shop owner Jeff Bernard.  According to Bernard the object the person is buying or [...]

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Pawn Business Remains a Growth Industry

By   /  April 18, 2013  /  Pawn Shops  /  No Comments

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In a down economy, the pawn business remains a growth industry.  Pawnbroker Greg Twarowski owns America’s Super Pawn, a chain of three stores.  He says sales are up significantly from 2012 with a 25% increase in two of his stores.  Twarowski wasn’t satisfied with the growth and opted to open a new store instead.  Carats [...]

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New Retail Concept Launched from Pawn America

By   /  April 15, 2013  /  Pawn Shops  /  No Comments

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Rixman Companies, the parent company of Pawn America, has launched a new retail store called PA Exchange.  Chuck Armstrong, Chief Legislative Officer of Rixman Companies said there was such a surge in retail purchases at their Pawn America stores that the company began the consider the possibility of a separate store for their retail business.  [...]

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