Getting The Best Value At A Pawn Shop

petit-cochon-tirelire-eurosWhen it comes to buying things secondhand, there is always a particular given, and that is that you’re trying to get something for the best price. No, you’re not looking for necessarily the newest model or edition, nor the best available. You’re simply looking for something that will fit your needs, and your budget. And whether you’re looking for tools, a TV, computer, gun, jewelry, or anything like that, a pawn shop is a great place to look.

You can usually find good deals right on the shelves on the listed price. But you can actually drive those prices down a little bit more. Here’s a few haggling tips:

  1. Always ask if they can “do better” on a price. You have to remember that a pawn shop is taking in items and selling them for more, so there is probably a little wiggle room on the price. The best thing you can ask is if they can give you a better offer, even if it’s only $5 or $10 you save, it’s still saving.
  2. If you want more than one thing, try haggling down the price of one first. If no results, ask if they can give you a deal if you buy the two items. You may be able to make them an offer. If you want the TV and Blu-Ray player, say, “How about $X for both?” You’ll find that the idea of selling two items will probably entice the sales associate to giving you that discount.
  3. Bring something in with you for trading purposes. If you have something that you don’t mind getting rid of, bring it. Like if you’re trying to get an internet ready TV, bring in your old DVD player. You may be able to use it to reduce the price of the TV. Remember that bartering plays a big role in the best pawn shop.

 


Where To Go For What

garage saleIn one’s quest for finding secondhand items (whether it be for finding interesting, vintage things, or simply to save money) one will come across loads of different venues where these items can be purchased. Pawn shops, flea markets, thrift stores, garage sales, etc. all are good sources for these types of things. But which one is best for which? Well, let’s make it easy for you.

Clothes

Buying secondhand clothes is a great way to find interesting ensembles, and also save money. It’s also good for shopping for your children (as they usually grow out of clothes in a couple of months). The best places to find vintage clothes are thrift stores like Goodwill and The Salvation Army. Other places like flea markets don’t usually have enough of a selection of clothes to warrant going there specifically for clothing.

Electronics

Whether you’re looking for a television set, stereo, video game console or movie player, you’ll save a ton if you buy used. As the electronics market is huge and ever-changing, you have a lot of options here. You can hit up a pawn shop in Hollywood, thrift store, and even regular retailers will often sell used stuff (especially video game stores). Searching online for a refurbished item will also yield lots of results.

Furniture

This one is a little bit trickier as furniture varies. You usually won’t find a bed (though the frame possibly) but mostly old couches, chairs and tables. Garage sales and moving sales typically carry some furniture. Flea markets are good for this too. Some of the larger thrift stores may carry furniture but call before you make the trip. Honestly, sites like craigslist.org are the best for finding used furniture.

 


Upgrading Your Home Entertainment Setup

power-button-on-tv-remoteIf a home had a centerpiece, it would definitely be the entertainment center. This usually comprises the television, disc players, stereo and video game consoles. It’s where the family and invited friends sit down to enjoy some entertainment together, be it a game, movie or some video game action. So this is obviously an area where people like to have the latest and greatest gadgets. Unfortunately, many will go out and needlessly spend thousands of dollars to buy upgrades. Here’s a little tip: you don’t need to spend a fortune to have a killer home entertainment system!

As the items you’ll be looking for are so common, you’ll be able to find them (often very inexpensively) in loads of different places. So let’s check out some of the best places to look for discounted home entertainment items.

First we have pawn shops. You can literally find everything on your list here. From TV sets, to Blu-Ray players, to video games, most every Hollywood pawn shop carries these items. So you may just look around various shops in your town to find everything you need that way.

Another great way to find these items is by visiting local garage sales. Moving sales especially. People are often trying to get rid of items as they will no longer have space for them, or they themselves are planning on buying the latest and greatest (and also most expensive). So this is another good place to find the devices you want.

Of course, with electronics, you have the option to frequently buy refurbished items. These are items that were bought, returned and then re-certified by the factory and are now being sold at a discounted price. An internet search like “refurbished *****” will yield loads of results.

So you see, you don’t need to spend a lot of money to get the things you want.

 


An Easy Way To Sell Your Unused Stuff

money-13519512176yLWhen looking to make a little bit of extra money, one frequently unused avenue is that of selling possessions that you don’t use anymore. Probably, the reason that more people don’t use this money-making method is because of the potential hassle that can be involved in it. For example, if you wanted to sell more than just a few items, you’d probably have to have a yard sale. For it to be successful, you’d have to  advertise it (whether by putting signs around the neighborhood or posting about it online) and then after dragging all your stuff outside, spend the day sitting there hoping to sell. The bad thing about yard sales is that people expect to find things for super cheap.

You could use a service like craigslist and try selling your stuff in that fashion. This could work, but if you have a lot of things, you’ll need to be constantly taking phone calls and making appointments with people. There is also a bit of potential danger as you will be meeting people you don’t know, and for a single woman, this may not be the wisest thing to do.

However, if you have anything of value (old jewelry, electronics, tools, etc.) you can just load your car up and go to a pawn shop. This is a place where you can often sell almost anything of value and get money right away. Many people don’t really know how pawn shops work, so you could take a look at this article to get a better understanding: http://www.uspawnjewelry.com/#!faq/mu8qo. This method allows you to be done in an afternoon, without the need for any real prep work.

This not only can put some needed cash into your pocket, but cal also help you to free up space in your home to make room for new decoration ideas, or just to have some more space.


The Truth About Pawn Shops

pawnIn many of the articles on this site, I advise people as to where they can buy or sell things for a good price. One of the places that I mention frequently are plan shops. Personally, I’ve had a lot of luck and good experiences going to these types of establishments, but I’ve come to understand that many people consider them to be “seedy places where they can easily get ripped off”. I can understand the mentality. Many learn shops are located in rough areas and the thought of people desperate for money for whatever reason comes to mind. And while that is certainly true at times, there is more to the story than that.

First off, pawn shops provide a place where one can get rid of some unwanted items easily. If you’re moving, or upgrading household items, pawning them is a much better solution than just throwing them away. No, you’re not going to get the maximum value for your things as if you were to sell it on your own. The store is, of course, trying to make a profit. But you would have to find buyers for all of your things and that takes time and effort. So you do pay a bit for the convenience.

Next, pawn shops are a great place to go to find some types of items on the cheap. Things like the usual jewelry and watches, but also electronics and tools and more. A lot of bargains are to be had there.

Finally, not every pawn shop is located in a rough neighborhood. Many are but they can also be found in regular places that anyone would feel comfortable visiting.

So think twice before you dismiss this type of business altogether. Pawn shops have been around for hundreds of years providing a service to their communities.I’ve been to plenty of them, like this pawn shop Miami located, as well as others and have had plenty of good experiences.


Home Improvement On The Cheap

toolsKeeping your home looking nice is important for any homeowner. It’s nice to come home and be able to enjoy a nice, clean and pleasant space. But sometimes this means more than just a little decorating and cleaning. At times, it’s necessary to make improvements and fixes to various parts of the home. While you could (and sometimes should) hire a professional to get the job done, you can often save money with a little DIY action.

It’s easier than ever to do things yourself nowadays. With plenty of videos online and loads of illustrated guides, you don’t need any special experience to make minor repairs and upgrades. But what you do need are tools.

Having the correct tool for the job can make all the difference in the world. Not just with the quality of the finished product, but also with the amount of effort taken to get it done. The only problem is that tools are expensive.

Now, if you are inclined to make home repairs every so often, then bring and having a set of good equipment is totally worth it. But if you just don’t have the money, there are a few alternatives.

You first could try borrowing tools from a friend. This can be a really easy solution and may even get you a bit of help at the same time. If that doesn’t work out, then a pawn shop may work out. Tools and power tools are often pawned so you can very often find what you need at a good price (like these at a pawn shop in Hollywood). Lastly, you can rent tools. This is usually best reserved for renting a particular piece of equipment that you wouldn’t really need thereafter.

Just remember that whichever tools you get, keep quality in mind. That will make a big difference in the final result.


Finding Movie Memorabilia

vhs-video-cassette-tapes-1460309201SDYSometimes a motion picture comes out that really captivates us. It strikes a particular cord and leaves a lasting impression either due to the ideas it explored or to being just plain cool. No matter the reason, sometimes after viewing, you want to have a piece of it for yourself. This usually comes in the form of having movie memorabilia.

Only problem is that these types of items can tend to be expensive. Fortunately, you have a few options.

You could look at auction sites to see if there are any items from that movie up for sale. You can occasionally get lucky and find something that will satisfy the itch.

Another option can be to check out local pawn shops. It may seems surprising, but especially with older movies, props, costumes, parts of the set, etc. can end up in a pawn shop (typically in a major city like a pawn shop in Hollywood or a pawn shop in Miami). It’s worth a look and also feels like a treasure hunt.

If you can make a friend at the movie theater, you may be able to get your hands on the displays and standees left over from movie promotion. They can make a nice edition to your living room.

Finally, there is the subject of making your own props and costumes. There is a while community of people online who post detailed instructions of how t to make many famous movie props out of common materials. This is usually quite cheap and also gives a sense of satisfaction as you end up with something you made with your own two hands.

There’s nothing wrong with a little fandom, and collecting movie memorabilia makes a great and interesting hobby for any movie enthusiast.


Musical Instruments On The Cheap

musical-instruments-clipartTaking up a musical instrument can be a life-changing thing. The ability to create music and give pleasure to yourself and others is no small ability. Yet, that ability comes at the price of many hours of practice. But it’s something any anyone could do. Still, musical instruments can be expensive, and the long hours of practice are not for everybody. So before shelling out a significant sum of money for an instrument to play (before knowing fully if one is going to commit to really learning it) it would be best to get one for as little as possible.

This is especially true if the one who is showing interest in learning to play is a small child. Children can easily lose interest in things, and many parents have regrettably spent hundreds of dollars on something that never really developed into anything. So cheap instruments are a must there too.

While you have access to places like online shopping sites where you can usually find good discounts, musicals instruments are different in that buying from an individual is best. And a good place to find them are at pawn shops.

Musical instruments do hold value quite well, and when someone needs to extra money, a musical instrument sitting around the home (one that probably hasn’t been touched in years) is a good trade. This means that many Hollywood pawn shops carry guitars, saxophones, trumpets, violins, and more. They aren’t going to be dirt cheap, but they will cost significantly less than a new one. And, if things don’t work out, you know where you can take it back to to get at least some of your money back.

Don’t let the potentially high entry fee of the world of music stop you. Get in there and give music a try.


Getting A Firearm For Your Home

glock-gun-muzzleWhen it comes to the safety and security of your home and loved ones, no expense should be spared. But if you are considering getting a gun for home protection, then there’s no sense in having to spend a lot. There are plenty of firearms that are suitable for home protection that can be found at a discount if you know where to look.

First thing’s first: don’t buy a gun from a private seller. You don’t know what that gun has “attached” to it. Instead, get one from a licensed gun store, or other authorized seller. This way you don’t get more than you bargained for and accidentally purchase an unregistered or illegal gun.

Now, while a gun store is fine, you may also want to try gun shows or pawn shops (like http://www.uspawnjewelry.com/#!guns/veudk). You can usually find something that will be suitable for your situation, but at an affordable price. The benefit is that in a pawn shop or gun show, you’ll be buying from a seller who is authorized. These types of venues typically sell guns for much cheaper than in a dedicated store. Though at a pawn shop you’ll have limited selection when compared to the other two options.

Next, you’ll need a means of securing the gun. If you have children in your home, this is a must. Gun safes and trigger locks can all be obtained and are a much better solution than just placing the gun up high where the kids can’t reach it (they’ll find a way). Don’t take the risk; invest in a proper way to keep your firearm accessible yet secure.

Home security shouldn’t be taken lightly, but there’s no need to spend a small fortune either.

 


Road Trip Opportunities

Ok, so you’re gonna be on the road for a few days or weeks. Whether it’s a business trip, vacation, or just a visit, you’re going to have a little time in some different cities. This is actually a great opportunity to check out some new things and find some great deals.

First thing you’ll want to do is allow yourself a couple of extra days so that you can take in some local flavor without having to rush. No sense in trying to find cool stuff while on the clock. You’ll also want to ensure that you leave some trunk space available when packing your stuff.

Next, you’ll want to check out the internet for local garage sales and yard sales that will be around the areas you’re in. These usually only take a minute or two to check out and usually if they are advertised online, then they will be big enough that you may find something great.

Seeing local flea markets are also a good place to find vintage items. So are pawn shops. Depending on the location you’ll be able to find things that are themed differently. For example, in Houston, you may be able to find some great western items, while at a Miami pawn shop, you’ll find loads of beach and tropical things.

A road trip can already be fun enough all on its own, but when you add a little bit of interesting shopping into the mix, it may be a little bit of a vacation all in itself. The best part is that finding items in the above ways tends to be cheaper than going to mainstream stores, so there’s a bit of savings included in the adventure.


Is Pawning Your Items Worth It?

pawn shopWhen one is faced with tons and tons of old items either in the garage, attic or storage, one may consider doing a little spring cleaning and getting rid of all that junk. But, a careful observer will notice that there is the potential for some profit along the way by selling these items. In the age we live in, there are many, many different ways to sell your stuff. One can use a site like craigslist or eBay, advertise a yard sale, etc. But there is a tried and true method of selling items off that is overlooked by many: pawn shops.

Some people feel that there is a certain stigma associated with these types of establishments. Sure, there are some that have shady practices and this idea would be warranted with those, but that certainly doesn’t apply to everyone. There are plenty of legit pawn shops that will pay decently for your items. You can actually do pretty well if you keep a few things in mind.

The first is that a pawn shop will not take everything you have. They are a business, looking to buy items that they can sell for a profit. While you could make more money selling individual items to a private individual, the pawn shop is more convenient as they will buy those items of value straight away.

Next, you should get an idea of what your items are worth before you go. This is give you the idea of how much you could get for them. You’ll have more certainty about the price you accepted once you walk away.

Finally, keep the convenience in mind. Again, you could make more selling individual items to individuals, but that will take much longer than simply going down to the local pawn shop and leaving with cash straight away.


Trading Your Old Stuff For Something “New”

junkWhen most of us take a look into the deepest, darkest parts of our closets, attics, basements and garages, we find loads of old items. Some of it is just junk that really ought to be gotten rid of. But some of it are items that we really think are of value, but just don’t use anymore, or have no need for. Maybe that old lamp is still worth something, it just doesn’t match the current decor. Things like this can be found in most any home.

We hesitate throwing these things out because we don’t want to take the loss. But often in desperation, while doing some spring cleaning, we do end up throwing them out, or just giving them away. Well, here’s a new idea: why not trade it for something that you may actually use?

Trading isn’t all that hard to do either, if you know a good way to go about it. Asking friends to come over an look at your stuff and seeing if they have anything comparable they’d like to part with is not one of them. It’s the 21st century, let’s be smart about this.

There are already websites where you can trade things. Sites like tradeyourstuff.com or even craigslist.org allow people to post things that they would like to trade and include suggestions of what they’d like to receive in return.

Another good place to make trades is in pawn shops. Think about it. There’s already lots of interesting stuff in your average hollywood pawn shop and even if your item isn’t worth as much as what you’d like, it can give you a good discount. Even if there is nothing to trade for it, you could at least sell it for some cash.

So don’t cave in and throw out your old stuff just yet. Take a moment and see what you can’t get for your items through trading.


Finding Bargains: Pawn Shops

pawn storeHello modern treasure hunters! By this, of course, I mean those willing to stray from the beaten path, and venture out of the way to find a great value for either a necessary or just a curious item. We’ve all been to various flea markets or garage sales, and those can often turn up a great find. With the power of the internet, we can also find virtually anything our hearts desire…but not always at the best price. One often overlooked resource for locating items of value is the local pawn shop.

Made more prominent by recent reality TV, pawn shops are a staple of many communities. Nowhere else can one find such a large variety of seemingly unrelated objects. Many of which may be worth more than even the store owner is aware of. Some items may have been sitting there for years and so getting rid of them becomes  so desirable to the proprietor that you can get a great price on something cool and interesting (or flat-out valuable).

No matter where you live, you can find a shop near you. While of course, larger cities (especially those with casinos) will tend to have more (you’ll more easily find a pawn shop in Miami than one in Lawtee). A quick local search will yield plenty of locations near you.