Have you noticed how your buying habits change depending on the season? Winter calls for warmer clothes, coats and hot chocolate, spring and summer shift to gardening supplies and vacation gear, while the fall focuses on back-to-school supplies and getting ready for winter.

Since summer is now here, you may be thinking of special items you need to entertain the kids, try out a new hobby, get stuff done around the house, or take along on your next vacation. Check out your local pawn shop and use these tips below to save some cash without sacrificing quality and variety!


Bikes are not only great exercise, they also help your kids get outside and explore, especially in the summer. You can easily find quality, gently-used bicycles for kids of all ages – and adults – at most pawn shops.


Many homeowners like to take advantage of time off and good summer weather to tackle a DIY project around the house. Whether you’re refreshing your rooms or home exterior with a fresh coat of paint, building a tree house or swing set with your kids or remodeling your kitchen, most pawn shops carry a wide range of used power tools and specialized equipment at reasonable prices to help you get the job done.

Look for items like drills, saws, woodworking equipment, and combination sets like screwdrivers or wrenches. You can try out items right in the shop before you buy, and most pawn shops offer a limited warranty, so if something happens after you get home, you’re not stuck with tools that don’t work.

Yard equipment

Spring and summer are also peak seasons for working in the yard. Whether you need some handy tools to help you trim back overgrown bushes, plant a garden, do some much-needed tree work or just cut the grass, visit your local pawn shop. Most pawn shops regularly feature all kinds of yard and garden equipment, from push mowers and riding mowers to weed eaters, blowers, gardening tools and more.

Sports Gear

No matter what type of outdoor sports you and your family enjoy, you’ll likely find excellent options at your local pawn shop. Many people upgrade and pawn their old gear in the spring and summer, so you can often find great deals on all types of sports gear and equipment. Look for things like surfboards, kayaks, canoes, boats, jet skis, life vests, golf clubs, tennis rackets, soccer gear and much more.

Hunting, camping and fishing supplies

While summer may not be ideal for hunting, it doesn’t hurt to check out your local pawn shop in the summer to find rifles, pistols, ammunition, sights, clothing, camo, boots and other quality gear for your fall hunting trips. If you and your family enjoy camping or fishing instead, you can find gently used fishing poles, rods, tents, tackle boxes, coolers, backpacks, sleeping bags and everything else you may need to enjoy your next outdoor adventure.


Whether you’re looking for a new hobby to express your creativity or looking for some new camera gear to help you document your next trip, visit your local pawn shop first. Pawn shops often carry high-end cameras, lenses and other photography gear from several of the best camera manufacturers, and you can buy a well-known brand with numerous features and accessories for far less than retail.

Drones and remote-control items

Drones continue to grow in popularity, and if you or your kids are interested in trying one out without breaking your wallet, a pawn shop may be the answer. Most pawn shops carry a great lineup of incredible drones and other remote-control cars, trucks, boats and helicopters that are fun and easy to operate, at prices you can easily afford. Buying drones and remote-control toys at a pawn shop can be a great way to improve your hand-eye coordination, or just get outside with the kids and have some fun.

Wedding and anniversary gifts

Summer is generally full of weddings and anniversaries, and while the happy couple is unlikely to be registered at the pawn shop, you can still find some great gift ideas and deals at your local pawn shop. Most pawn shops offer extensive selections on unique pieces of modern and antique jewelry at a fraction of their normal retail price. Pawn shops are also great places to buy a quality, affordable engagement ring! And if you’re looking for a special anniversary gift for your loved one, you’ll find a wide variety of cool anniversary gift ideas – from high-end custom jewelry to beautiful cufflinks, watches, necklaces and more.


“I’m bored!” How many parents have heard that from their kids, especially on those summer days when it’s too hot to go outside? You might need some high-end gadgets to help entertain them – and get them out of your hair! Pawn shops carry all kinds of quality pre-owned electronics and accessories, from TVs, computers, laptops, cell phones and gaming systems to DVDs, video games, tablets, headphones and everything in-between. Most pawn shops offer the latest technology at a fraction of the price you’d pay at a retail outlet. And unlike buying from an independent seller, you’ll also get a warranty that what you buy has been tested thoroughly and can be returned if something goes wrong once you get it home.

Why Gene’s Pawn?

Whether you’ve got home improvement projects to tackle, new hobbies or sports your family wants to try, or you’re just looking for cool, new ways to get out and explore this summer, check out Gene’s Pawn. We have a wide variety of gently used goods available, so you can find just the right gear to get you through all your summer adventures and projects, without putting a strain on your bank account.

With over 30 years in business and three locations across the Lowcountry of South Carolina to serve you, our staff caters to you. We listen carefully, carry a vast array of quality merchandise at low prices and provide the professional expertise and advice to ensure you are getting the most value from shopping with us. Visit us today and let us show you why Gene’s is the best!