Friday, October 12, 2018

What’s the Story Behind the Pawnshops Near Me?

Garden City Pawn has been in business for over a decade! Thomas Blaine purchased the current store in 2008 from its former owner. Tom discusses the changes he’s seen in the industry in the past 10 years. “There have been a couple ups and downs over the last 10 years, including the gold rush that happened after the 2008 financial crash.  The gold rush ended a few years ago and caused us to shift our focus a bit from buying gold to loaning more money.”

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Garden City Pawn’s Thomas Blaine: “My Story”


  • Do you ever wonder, “what’s the story behind the pawnshops near me?”
  • What do you really know about your pawnshop?
  • What standard should you be looking for in a pawnshop?

Where you take your items to pawn is your choice. You may wonder, “Who are the people behind the pawnshops near me?” “How long have they been in business?” “What do they value?”

You’re not alone in these questions. In a small town, you’re more likely to know the business owner, how long he/she’s been in business, their family, their interests, and their values. In a large city, this may not be possible. You’re left knowing very little about the history of the business or the owner’s values.

To learn the story behind Garden City Pawn, read on!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

The Basics of Pawn Loans

Do some research ahead of time, ask plenty of questions and make sure you understand the appraisal estimate, loan price and terms before agreeing to the loan. A pawn loan works like this:

  • A customer brings something of value, an expensive watch for example, to the pawn shop. The pawnbroker appraises it and gives the customer a fixed-term loan price for the item, plus interest, and a maturity date for the loan, usually 30 to 90 days. There is no credit check, because the loan is secured by the collateral (the watch). 
  • If the customer agrees to the loan price and conditions of the loan, he/she receives the agreed-upon loan amount and leaves the item with the pawnbroker as collateral to guarantee the loan.
  • The pawnbroker will give the customer a pawn ticket with their name and address, a description of the pawned item, the loan amount and …Read more.


Monday, August 27, 2018

What Should I Look for in a Pawn Shop – Is There One Open Near Me?

  • Are you dealing with an unlicensed pawn shop?
  • Is the interest rate you’re paying your pawn shop within the legal limit?
  • How does a pawn loan work?

You’ve been in business for several years and, overall, it’s been very profitable. Then out of the blue, sales drop and you find yourself not taking home a full paycheck. You wonder, “What am I going to do?”

Rest assured that you’re not alone! Many people find themselves in this situation from time to time. Fortunately, a pawn shop is a simple solution available to almost everyone.

“I’ve got some jewelry just sitting in a box under the bed,” you think, “maybe I can pawn it!” “Is there a pawn shop open near me?” you wonder. You search and maybe you realize that you have no idea what to expect in a pawn shop? You wonder, “Do they have to be licensed? Are there laws governing interest rates? How does a pawn loan work?”

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What’s the Story Behind the Pawnshops Near Me?

Garden City Pawn has been in business for over a decade! Thomas Blaine purchased the current store in 2008 from its former owner. Tom disc...