Whether you desperately need some extra cash, or you just want to take full advantage of your spring-cleaning by earning cash for the things you’re getting rid of anyway, pawn shops are an excellent place to start! Before you try to just unload all your junk onto a poor pawnbroker nearest you, however, we encourage you to take a look below to see precisely what kinds of items pawn shops will usually accept, and which are likely to have you sent back home empty handed. After all, most pawn shops will take almost anything, but we won’t take everything!
Things Pawn Shops Will Take
The primary goal for pawnbrokers, other than helping customers obtain incredible risk-free financing, is to essentially collect valuable or in-demand items that will be easy to resell to someone else.
- Precious metals, gemstones, and jewelry are all great examples of remarkably high-value items that rarely depreciate, and will therefore fetch the best price.
- Electronics are something else people are always looking for. From laptops and smart phones, to power tools and gaming consoles, electronics will always be in demand.
- Skill Enhancing Objects, referring all musical instruments, sporting equipment, or other items used for enhancing various skills, are also very popular – especially among parents with school-age children.
- Coins, collectibles, antiques, and really anything old and rare is going to be worth a lot more than you likely paid for it.
- Weapons/Firearms can be purchased, pawned, and sold only at licensed and insured pawn shops, like Traders Loan and Jewelry, who are authorized to accept them – and even then you must adhere to the relinquishment terms and conditions, including surrendering all related ownership/registration paperwork.
Things Pawn Shops Won’t Take
Of course, there are plenty of items that have such low, or no, resale potential it’d be impossible to find a pawnbroker willing to offer you anything for it.
- Clothes/Shoes of any kind, whether they’ve been worn or not, will not be accepted. Aside from sanitation/hygienic concerns, the resale potential just isn’t there.
- Homemade items, or other sentimental property, may be important to you, but it is likely not going to be as important to pawnbrokers – so leave the old art projects and homemade jewelry at home.
- Stolen property of any kind will not be accepted by any legitimate pawn shop. You will even need to provide proof of ownership through official documentation in most cases.
- Replicas and fakes are often easily spotted by seasoned pawnbrokers who have experience in dealing high quality merchandise; so if you want to avoid the hassle and potential embarrassment of being called out for trying to pass off a fake designer whatever as the real thing, don’t even try it.
- Anything broken will likely not even make it past a pawnbroker’s initial inspection, so do yourself a favor and make sure any item you’re trying to pawn or sell is in at least fully functional.
Have questions about a specific item that’s been taking up space in your home/office? Bring it on by Traders Loan and Jewelry and let our pawnbrokers see what we can do! To get your pawning adventure started, come visit us today at 18505 Sherman Way Reseda, CA 91335, call 818.345.8696 , or simply fill out the form on our contact page if you have any questions.