Pawnshops expecting busy season
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It can be a place to go for an emergency loan, or maybe to buy a chain saw. Those with romance on their minds can get engagement rings. Others, looking to make a few bucks, lug in treasures mined from basements and attics. It's the modern pawnshop, exemplified in Orange County by businesses in Central Valley, Middletown, New Windsor and the Town of Wallkill. Not all are alike. More
Musical Instrument Gift Day and The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation keeping music alive in America's schools
On Dec. 6, the National Pawnbrokers Association (NPA) will sponsor its fourth annual Musical Instrument Gift Day, during which pawnbrokers from around the country generously donate musical instruments to organizations in need.
This year, NPA is working closely with The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, a non-profit organization that donates both new and quality refurbished instruments to under-funded music programs. These programs lack the resources to keep up with equipment loss and/or provide students on waiting lists, or who have to share instruments, with instruments of their own.
Our event is held on December 6th in honor of St. Nicholas Day and National Pawnbrokers Day. St. Nicholas was famed for his generosity and his charity to the poor and is the Patron Saint of Pawnbrokers.
Pawnshop stays in the family
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Alan Kortick's family has seen a lot of changes in the pawn shop industry. The owner of Downtown Pawn Shop took over his grandfather's store in 1990. Kortick's grandfather, Harry Simowitz, started a military surplus store, Nu System Surplus Co., in that location in 1950, and it became Downtown Pawn Shop in 1952. Kortick's father, Maurice Kortick, owned a pawn shop across the street, Gordon Military Store – later known as Gordon Pawn Shop. Kortick and his father had "friendly competition" until Gordon Pawn Shop closed in 2005. More
Pawnshops say gun sales rose in time for Black Friday
Another shopping choice for your holiday gifting are pawnshops. Shop owners in Columbus, Ga., say although they don't have special Black Friday hours, it doesn't mean there hasn't been a crowd Friday. Money Mizer says it has one item this year that it can't keep on the shelves: guns. The shop says gun sales have risen this year 50 percent in female customers. More
The rise of the posh pawn in the UK
When computer entrepreneur Mark Landsberg realized he needed a cash injection to see him through next month's festivities he knew exactly what to do. Frustrated that banks in the U.K. are no longer lending he instead took his Porsche 911 Turbo to one of the new breed of posh pawnbrokers in return for a loan of £20,000 against its value. More
Pawn ordinance approved by Cape Girardeau, Mo., city leaders
A new pawn ordinance in Cape Girardeau, Mo., is aimed at tracking second hand products. The nine-page pawn ordinance unanimously passed. It requires pawn shops and any new businesses inside of the city of Cape Girardeau to enhance tracking procedures for items sold. Cape Girardeau Chief of Police Roger Fields says this will help police track stolen goods that someone tries to sell. More
Maryland residents find holiday gifts at pawnshops
Tis the season when you're looking to get a gift for your loved one. And many resell stores are seeing more people come though their doors. "Things start to pick up around the end of October," says John Myers, of Not A Pawn Shop. "People are thinking Christmas, starting to put things on layaway, and start to buy stuff for the kids." More
Gold price records new all-time high, silver revisits 64K
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Gold prices continued to scale yet another all-time new peak at the domestic bullion market on continued off-take from stockists and traders on prospects of higher wedding seasonal demand that ensured setting of yet another record. Silver also strengthened to regain Rs 64K-level on hectic speculative demand amid heavy industrial buying. More
Former world champion Lex Luger appears on 'Hardcore Pawn'
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Lex Luger showed up on "Hardcore Pawn." and it wasn't to lock Les Gold in the dreaded Torture Rack for offering him a bad deal. Normally, if you were to watch the show and see a pro wrestler walk through the doors, it would mean that some good TV was on the way. It's been years since Luger stepped in the wrestling ring, so the stars of the TruTV show had nothing to worry about. More
Lodians in Georgia flock to 'Pawn Shop Insiders'
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Dan Smith of Lockeford, Ga., lingered patiently in the makeshift waiting room near the vending machines. His 12-year-old son Danny Smith clutched a cardboard box stacked full of comic books from the early 1970s. Were they worth a small fortune? The pair hoped so. More
Tracking system targets pawning of stolen goods
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The Hernando County Sheriff's Office is setting its sights on those who pawn stolen goods. Sheriff Al Nienhuis said his office is in the process of implementing a new tracking system that will increase transaction reporting efficiency for area pawnbrokers, secondhand stores and law enforcement. More