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Hidden treasures and gifts at Cash America
Tis the season to shop and save up to 70 percent. Savvy shoppers looking for less crowds while shopping may be surprised to find the hidden treasures for sale at local pawnshops. Cash America is the nation's largest pawnshop chain.
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Borrowing against car bill up for vote in Michigan
The Detroit News
A last-minute bill scheduled for a vote in the state Senate today (Dec. 9), backed by an out-of-state auto-title company, would let lenders loan Michigan consumers money against their cars at an annual interest rate of nearly 300 percent. Such auto-title loans aren't legal in Michigan, but a bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, R-Monroe, has been pushed onto the Senate floor that would add a loophole to the state's 1917 Pawnbrokers Act. An identical bill in the state House is sponsored by Livonia Republican John Walsh.
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Connecticut's first female pawnbroker, owner of Meriden shop, remembered
Meriden Record-Journal
In a field largely dominated by men, Julie Haddad-Brevetti was a pioneer in Connecticut as the first female pawnbroker in the state. Haddad-Brevetti, a Waterbury native, owned and ran Julie's Jewels and JB Pawn. She died Dec. 1 at age 65 after a bout with pancreatic cancer. "She was a giver. She was loved by a lot of people and she always did the right thing," said her husband, Frank Brevetti.
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We have included the below article entitled "The Pawn King", as cautionary example of dealing with press and the media. The article was written by Sarah Esther Maslin for The Atlantic, a high profile national magazine and online publication.

The NPA was contacted by the journalist on Oct. 10, 2014 seeking information relating to “recent trends and the latest data on pawnshops in America”. The NPA PR team conducted an extensive telephone interview followed by a detailed correspondence outlining the national laws that regulate the pawn industry. In her pointedly negative and pawn-bashing article, Maslin opted to use only four words provided by the NPA, "pawn is cool now." In the nearly 4,000 word article, 2,965 words are dedicated to the owner, staff, customers and business dealings of one pawn store.

As a member of the NPA, you are encouraged to contact the NPA Public Relations team at if you have any questions or concerns about an interview request. Our PR team will brief you on the pawn industry talking points, provide tips and pointers on how to control your public relations as well as review any national or local trends and news that may be relevant to the interview.

The Pawn King
The Atlantic
People hock their electronics, their tools, and their appliances (in that order). But the first thing they pawn is their gold. If you bring a gold ring to the pawn window in the back corner of M & M Pawnshop — above the fake-marble countertop, below the neon sign that blinks "PAWNS," to the left of the shelf stacked with 12 guitars (6 acoustic, 6 electric)—owner Mike Criscio will rub your ring on a rough slab of rock called a touchstone.
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Gun believed to be Hitler's back on the auction block
When he decided to sell one of his most prized artifacts, Craig Wagman thought it was only fair to ask the man who first sold it to him. "I thought in a sense of fair play he should have an opportunity to profit from his prior work and research," said Wagman, referring to Wes Lane, longtime owner of Midwest Exchange. Lane and Wagman, a 51-year-old Green Bay, Wisconsin, anesthesiologist, came together in January 2006 for the most lucrative sale of the Bloomington, Illinois, businessman's career: a cool $140,000 for a firearm believed to have been owned by Adolf Hitler.
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A Frederick, Maryland, legacy that stretches back to Civil War
The Frederick News-Post
Charles Edward Cole Jr.'s family legacy in Frederick, Maryland, stretches back to the Civil War. Cole, who died Nov. 25 at age 94, operated Cole's Pawnbroker’s Outlet in Frederick, working until he was 91 at the family business. Cole's ancestor, William George Cole, was mayor of Frederick when Gen. Jubal Early threatened to burn the city unless he was given a $250,000 ransom.
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From the community: Hardcore Pawn in Villa Park, Illinois
Chicago Tribune
There are plenty of pawn shops in local communities and plenty of reality TV shows about pawn shops from Las Vegas to Louisiana, Chicago and Detroit. But the one with the most interesting clients, most controversial cast of employees and in the most troubled city is tru-TV's Hardcore Pawn. The stars of the show came to Forman Mills in Villa Park to meet fans and sign autographs. Les, Seth and Ashley Gold from Hardcore Pawn spent 2 hours in the back of the expansive store with a line of more than 100 people anxiously waiting their turn to meet the TV stars.
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Robbery suspect to be charged with attempted capital murder in Arkansas
Leon Roberson was issued a $50,000 bond on charges of attempted capital murder, aggravated robbery and assault. His arraignment was scheduled for Jan. 9. Fort Smith, Arkansas, police said 25-year-old Marcus D. Gould and 20-year-old Leon Roberson are in custody in connection with an attempted armed robbery at C & S Pawn Shop.
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Answer Man: Appraisers don't rate a fee on 'Pawn Stars'
Belleville News-Democrat
Q. On the History Channel’s show “Pawn Stars,” do the expert appraisers receive a fee? — Tom Murphy, of Belleville

A. No, they do not, according to Today’s Pawnbroker magazine. But considering all the free publicity they receive when millions see their names in the credits, they probably won’t be going into hock anytime soon.

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Point Pleasant, New Jersey, joins county move to tighten pawnshop rules, stifle thefts
Point Pleasant Patch
Pawnshops and other dealers in secondhand items in Point Pleasant, New Jersey, will have to follow more strict rules for record-keeping and identification under an ordinance amendment the Borough Council approved. The amended, to chapter 4 of the borough's general licensing code, sets out a number of detailed requirements, including reporting every purchase the dealer makes in an electronic database called RAPID.
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Burglary suspect with broken foot arrested in Bradenton, Florida, pawnshop
Bradenton Herald
A suspect with a broken foot was arrested by Bradenton, Florida, police officers investigating an intruder alarm at Adams Family Pawn. Officers reported finding the suspect trying to conceal himself inside of a stack of tires. The suspect had a large amount of jewelry on his person along with the burglary tools and gloves used to commit the burglary, according to the police report.
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