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How to Sell at a Pawn Shop

If you're in need of some quick cash, try turning your antiques into some easy money.


  • Step 1: Take the cash, thank the broker, and hit the road. If you are easy to work with, they will look forward to your business another time.
  • FACT: To pawn actually means to pledge or promise as in using an item for collateral in exchange for a temporary loan.
  • TIP: Some pawn shops may require an I.D. check and a fingerprint scan before completing a sale.
  • Step 2: Haggle with ferocity, and if you have gotten a better offer at another shop, use this as leverage or ask for store credit on top of the cash.
  • Step 3: Decide what you want to sell. Jewelry, antiques, musical instruments, and TVs are the easiest and most profitable items to pawn. Once selected, get the item professionally appraised or visit several different pawn shops and look at similar items to get an idea of a good price.
  • Step 4: Use your steely reserve and practice your poker face to be as stoic as possible. Even if the offer is above what you were thinking, simply nod and say you'll think about it.
  • Step 5: Search the National Pawn Brokers Association website or with the Better Business Bureau for a reputable dealer near you.

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