Pawn Shop Shopping Guide

What is a pawn shop? How do they work? How can a local, family-owned pawn shop help me and my family? These are all excellent questions! We recognize the importance of educating savvy shoppers on the benefits a pawn shop can offer. In this article we explain some of the many facets of pawn shops, such as: how a pawn shop can help you when those large, unexpected bills show up, how you can turn those unneeded items sitting around the house into cash, and how you can save money on top quality items.
You Could Enjoy Huge Savings!
Pawn shops are becoming increasingly popular places to enjoy very substantial savings on a variety of items. Looking to buy diamonds in Phoenix? You can also purchase Jewelry, home electronics, tools and collectibles. These are just a few examples of items that can be purchased for 30 – 60 percent less than at the “Big Box” stores. And you can find some really unique items that you won’t ever find at a run-of-the-mill retail store. With new inventory coming through the door every day, you never know what you’re going to find at a pawn shop!

So what does the savvy shopper need to know when making their first pawn shop expedition? We’ve boiled it down to six basic questions you can use as a guide.

6 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Pawn Shop

1) Does the pawn shop have a strong internet presence?
A quality, well maintained website with useful information is a great indicator of a first-class shop. Does the pawn shop have an online store? This is a great way to sample the selection at the pawn shop before you make a visit.

2) Does the staff acknowledge you as soon as you come through the door?
First impressions are critical and if you get a friendly acknowledgement within the first few steps inside the store, then that’s a pretty accurate indicator that the store is very customer focused.

3) Are there other people in the store shopping or getting loans?
While every pawn shop has the occasional “down time”, having other people in the store is always a good sign. Visit twice and never see anyone else shopping? Drive by several times and never see a car in the parking lot? These could be signs that the pawn shop is not very focused on their customers or the local community.

4) Is the store clean?
Many people look for this in a pawn shop and it is certainly important. Any store can get a little messy after a sudden influx of customers, but most first class pawn shops hold themselves to a very high standard of cleanliness and order. If the staff doesn’t take good care of the shop, they probably won’t take good care of you or your valuables either!

5) Are there a lot of items for sale on the shelves and floor of the showroom?
This is always a good sign. Lots of inventory indicates that the store is vibrant and healthy. Contrary to popular belief, a large percentage of items for sale may not be from defaulted pawn loans. Many people see the pawn shop as a hassle-free way to turn unwanted items into cash by selling the items!

6) Now this last item might seem a little unusual…but does the pawn shop have a good “feeling”?
Are there a lot of smiles from the staff? Do you hear other customers laughing and saying something to the effect of, “Wow, I’ve wanted one of those (insert item name here) for years!”? Pawn shops should be fun places. One of the best things about pawn shops are the highly unusual, rare and dare we say, “funky” treasures that you can score, for not a lot of money.
Do you see things that you absolutely adore, but are a little concerned as to what people might think if you were displaying them in your house? For example, a complete set of brass animals playing musical instruments, a pirate statue, or a purple scooter with a flowered seat. If so, sounds like you found a really good pawn shop!

Find a Pawn Shop You Can Trust

The main thing you want to look for is a pawn shop you can trust. A pawn shop that’s been in the same location for decades is not likely to be one of the many “flight-by-knight” shops out there. They’ve probably built up a customer base over the years who can vouch for their integrity. Ask around, you may know someone who has experience with a particular shop and can give you their feedback!

Premier Pawn Shop in the Valley

Glendale Pawn & Jewelry has grown to become one of the premier pawn shops here in the valley over the past 30 years. As a family-owned and operated business, we take pride in our top-notch customer service and have helped local families for generations! Customers trust us for quick, no-hassle pawn loans and for top prices on any item they want to sell. We’ve got over 40 years’ experience in jewelry and a team of friendly, knowledgeable staff who can help you buy or sell any item!
Put this guide to the test: visit our Phoenix area store today if you’re in the area, or give us a call if you have a specific question. You can also visit our Amazon or Ebay store to get a sampling of what’s currently available. We guarantee you’ll be glad you did!