Why Pawn?

Why pawn?

By Kara Blakeman

Did you know that pawn shops have been around for thousands of years? According to Pawn Shops Today, pawn transactions go back as far as 3000 years! There are records of loan transactions in ancient Chinese, Greek and Roman times. Crazy to think that pawning has been a method for extra cash for such a long time.

“Queen Isabella is reported to have pawned her royal jewels to finance Christopher Columbus’ voyage to the New World” –Pawnshops Today

Today, pawn shops are around to help with every day life. My dad actually started our shop based on an important time when he too needed the help of a pawn shop. When I was born, times were tough for my parents. New to the area, new job for my dad, not many friends and a new baby, the local shop was my dad’s source of quick cash to pay for diapers and formula. Being an avid gun collector, he knew they were great for collateral. Anytime my parents were short on cash, he would go to the local shop where he would get loans on his firearms so he could make ends meet until his next paycheck.

Pawn Shops typically get a bad rap. We strive to change that negative stigma – everyone gets down on their luck and needs an extra hand. My dad decided that someday, he too wanted to help others the way the local pawn shop had helped him 28 years ago. Banks don’t offer $20 loans. Pawn Shops do. Have a question about pawning? Comment below, send us an email or call the shop! We love what we do and love being able to help.

4 thoughts on “Why Pawn?

  • I agree that Classic Jewelry and loan does indeed break out of that stereotypical pawn shop that you were talking about. This isn’t just a place you can go sell some old stuff. From all things tactical and hunting gear to metal detectors and everything in between. You can find quality products brand new here for a great price.

    Imagine going to a dilapidated smelly old pawn shop where you find junk. Not this place! It’s like a pawn version of Cabellas or bass pro shop. Love it.

  • I like going to pawn shops. Plenty of selections and oddball items that you won’t find in the local stores around Huntington or Barboursville. What is tough is finding a decent pawn shop. I believe Classic was the second shop I went to when looking to buy my first pistol on my 21st birthday. I bought my Ruger there and I have been visiting ever since.

    You are right that typical pawn shops get bad reputations. Some of the ones I’ve went to don’t make you feel welcome or just act like you aren’t even there. Messy counters, stock not very organized, dark rooms and less then friendly staff. But not all are like that.

    Classic Jewelry & Loan really sticks out with very friendly and knowledgeable staff, plenty of lighting to see items, and a large organized selection. All in all though I would tell someone that going to a pawn shop is a pleasant experience.

    I love what you guys and gals do over there and highly recommend a visit. True professionals.

    • I am so glad that we were a part of your first handgun purchase!! It’s such an exciting and monumental experience that you will never forget. My first handgun purchase, which was my 21st birthday as well, was my Sig 220.

      Being able to change the stigma of the “bad pawn shop” persona is definitely one of our top priorities. It’s so nice to hear that we have achieved this. And even nicer when our customers look forward to spending time in our shop talking with out staff, browsing, etc. Thank you for your support!

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