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Georgia pawnshop worker moves up on
'American Idol'

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Phillip Phillips didn't follow any of the advice from his "American Idol" mentors — and the judges loved him for it. The 21-year-old pawnshop worker from Leesburg, Ga., defiantly wore grey after style adviser Tommy Hilfiger deemed it too drab. He shrugged off musical mentor Diddy's mandate to dance. And he turned out a growling "Movin' Out" during an evening of Billy Joel tunes on the Fox talent contest that Randy Jackson called "one of the best renditions of that song ever." More

With the debut of ABC reality show, Baltimore's 'Ball Boys' unsure of what fame has in store for them
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He had sat at the same desk, in the same store, serving the same customers, answering the same phone for more than 20 years. "Hello, Postal USA and Robbie's First Base," Robbie Davis Sr. would say cheerfully, in the back of his nondescript postal store/sports-memorabilia shop, in a nondescript strip mall, between a nondescript Chinese takeout and a nondescript hair salon, in a nondescript suburb of Baltimore. In the spring of 2010 he received a call: "Have you ever heard of 'Pawn Stars'?" the voice asked. More

Ordeal in a SC pawnshop: Robbers leave women bound in bathroom
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Clerks Melissa Sitzman and Karen Grant had just 20 minutes left on their shifts when a man walked into the Anderson, S.C., pawnshop and started to look around. For the two clerks — and for a late-arriving customer — the next few minutes inside the Jewelry Depot in Anderson brought stomach-clenching fear. More

Pawnshops have too much to lose to not follow the rules
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The Old West Gun and Loan shop in Redding, Calif., say that when stores operate without the proper licensing, it reflects poorly on them as well. "It gives us a bad reputation when people aren't playing by the rules, something goes wrong and everybody puts us all in the same boat when we’re not," said Richard Howell, the general manager of the Old West Gun and Loan shop. More

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Georgia couple turned dilapidated structure into pawnshop
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Thomas and Gail Leggett said other residents called them crazy when they bought the building that now houses Main Street Pawn in Hiram, Ga. The property was rundown when the Leggetts took possession of it. The lower windows were boarded up, and wood and other debris was littered around the front and side of the dilapidated structure. But the Leggetts took on the challenge, cleaned up the property and restored the building. More

Saugerties, NY, pawnshop meets growing demand
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Before the economy went south, and reality television shows became all the thing, pawn shops were looked upon as not such savory places, where crooks would go to fence stolen goods, and lower socioeconomic individuals would go to "hock a watch" for money. ... Pawnshops have become a part of life where folks from all across the economic strata go to part with unwanted jewelry, or borrow money against family heirlooms in order to meet bills or pay the mortgage. More

Selling a pawnshop in Framingham, Mass.
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While some still associate the pawnshops with thieves trying to profit from stolen goods, Christopher McCarthy says it's an increasingly popular and highly regulated business. The Southborough, Mass., resident is seeking permission to open a pawnshop in Framingham, Mass., where folks short on cash can make a quick buck and treasure hunters can score a sweet deal. More

Precious metals are mixed on European fears and strong US dollar
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With the start of another week we notice that precious metals are mixed and trading narrowly within a tight range, pressured by the strengthening U.S. dollar and renewed fears over debt contagion and the fall of larger economies in the euro zone, with the main focus remaining on Spain, the fourth largest economy in the euro zone. More

Crystal Lake, Ill., could get 1st pawnshop
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In Illinois: Woodstock has one. Dundee has one. So does McHenry. And, in what may be a sign of the times, Crystal Lake could get one this summer. A Lake in the Hills man is seeking permission from the city to open a pawnshop. The business would be the first of its kind in Crystal Lake, said Michelle Rentzsch, director of planning and economic development. More
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Measuring the impact of 'Pawn Stars' and 'American Pickers'
on used good stores

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Susan Sosnow says business has been booming at her E-Z Money II used good store in Bethlehem, Pa. She says customers who come into her shop can't get enough of reality shows such as "Pawn Stars" and "Hardcore Pawn." And just like the stores they see on TV, Sosnow says customers will try to haggle over prices and that she never knows who — or what — is going to walk through her door. More

Armed customer chases pawnshop thief
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Police are searching for the man who they say recently tried to rob a First Cash Pawn in Corpus Christi, Texas. The suspect was chased out of the store by employees and a customer with a licensed, concealed handgun. The robbery happened when a man in his 20's asked to get a closer look at a $1,200 necklace. He snatched the jewelry from the clerk and ran out of the business. More


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Online pawn has surprising customers and loans
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It's a new way to get quick cash without ever leaving the comforts of your home. Pawnshops have now spread to the Internet. And they're unlike anything you've probably ever seen, with customers you'd never expect. "You need $3,000?” asks an employee of Pawngo, an online pawnshop, to a customer via phone. More

Police begins using online searchable database for pawnshops, second-hand stores in Middletown, Ohio
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Thefts and burglaries increased in Middletown, Ohio, from 2010 to 2011, but detectives hope paying for an online database will improve those statistics. Earlier this month the Middletown Division of Police began using LeadsOnline, a searchable database for law enforcement agencies to track the sale of items to second-hand stores and pawnshops. More

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