When people think of pawning something, they likely think of jewelry or electronics. But there are many other things you can pawn quickly for decent money. In fact, there are a lot of common household items that are always in demand with pawnbrokers.

What do pawn shops buy most?

Generally, pawn shops will buy just about anything that has some value to it. However, pawn shops are always interested in buying big-ticket items they can sell quickly, including jewelry, guns, electronics and tools.

Before you decide to visit your local pawn shop, make sure you grab your driver’s license or ID and proof of ownership of the item. Doing this now will save you some time, help the pawnbroker process your transaction easier, and make you a more valuable customer. If you’re pawning a gun, make sure you also bring your concealed weapon license or state permit if required.

What items are considered high demand?

  • New, vintage or estate jewelry – Any type or condition, as long as the gems are intact
  • Precious metals (gold, silver), gemstones and Rolex watches
  • Electronics – Everything ranging from old cell phones, tablets, iPhones, iPads and laptops, to even high-end headsets
  • Guns – Any type or condition, but newer firearms or unique collectors’ items are more likely to get more money
  • Power tools – Drills, saws, sanders, grinders
  • Musical instruments – Guitars, violins, cellos, trumpets and pianos are most popular
  • Collectible coins or stamps – These must be in mint condition to fetch the most money
  • Electronics – Flat-screen TVs, laptops, tablets, cell phones or computers
  • Furniture – Think of bigger pieces, like couches, chairs, dressers or bedroom sets
  • Yard equipment – Lawn mowers (especially riding lawn mowers), weed trimmers, etc.
  • Expensive camping gear – Large, multi-room tents, heavy-duty sleeping bags or other expensive gear
  • Fitness equipment – Treadmills or ellipticals are most popular, but don’t forget a good set of weights or other premium gear
  • Sporting equipment – Golf clubs or fishing rods are probably the most common, but don’t overlook things like snowboards, skis or surfboards if you are in the right area for them to sell
  • Gaming systems – Xbox, Nintendo, PlayStation

What other items sell well in pawnshops?

While the items listed above are nearly guaranteed to generate quick cash in a pawn shop, there are also some other high-end or expensive items that pawn shops deal in regularly that may not be quite as common.

Vintage technology – Got an old stereo receiver or older model computer (hello, original Macintosh) that still works well? Or perhaps you were lucky enough to score an original, unopened iPhone. These types of items are harder to find and would be scooped up quickly by potential buyers.

Vehicles – Not every pawnshop deals in cars, trucks, RVs or motorcycles, but if you find one that does, you can probably pawn your vehicle for a good chunk of cash. Make sure you can demonstrate ownership of the vehicle in question, and don’t be surprised to be asked to leave all your keys and documentation once you complete the transaction.

DiamondsQuality diamonds are always in high demand at pawn shops across the country. Whether you have a cut stone or it’s part of an old ring or necklace, it can’t hurt to get it appraised before you walk into your local pawn shop. Make sure you understand the stone’s quality and size, so you get the best deal possible.

Designer clothing, handbags or accessories – Fashionistas and bargain hunters alike are always looking to scoop up luxury pieces at bargain prices. If your items are clean, in great condition and easy to authenticate, you have a better chance of pawning it for even more money.

Appliances – While most people think of small hand-held appliances like mixers or toasters, there are always people looking for great deals on big-ticket appliances like refrigerators, washers/dryers, or air conditioners.

Collectibles – Depending on the item, there is often a market for specific collectibles. Remember how hard it was to get your hands on some Beanie Babies, special edition dolls, collector’s cards or retro comic books? That’s still true today, and collectors are always looking for unique pieces to fill out their favorite collections. See if you have anything like vinyl records, vintage ads, classic video games/gaming systems or even any old sports cards sitting around. Chances are they could earn you some quick cash.

Tips to keep in mind when pawning

While pawning items isn’t difficult, keeping these tips in mind can help you earn even more on your items:

  • Be confident.
  • Be polite and friendly – a great attitude goes a long way!
  • Understand you may need to negotiate, and don’t be surprised if the pawnbroker asks you a lot of questions about your item – they have a business and reputation to protect, too, so be willing to provide as much information about your item as you can.
  • Do your research before you step foot in the pawn shop – take some time to understand what your stuff is worth beforehand, so you have a better idea of what’s reasonable.
  • Ask questions – if you don’t understand something, or you want clarity – ask for it.
  • Visit multiple pawn shops to comparison shop – you’re not obligated to pawn or sell anywhere, and visiting different shops can often lead to different quotes for your item.
  • Bring multiple items to sell, especially if you’re trying to get a certain amount of money from pawning.

Visit Gene’s Pawn Shop today!

If you need cash quickly and have valuable items you wouldn’t immediately miss, a short-term pawn loan could be a great option for you. At Gene’s Jewelry & Pawn, we specialize in treating customers like family and offering you the best prices for your items. For more than 30 years, we have provided our customers with the high level of service they deserve. Visit one of our locations in North Charleston, Moncks Corner or Goose Creek, SC, today and see how we can help you, or visit us online to see some of our outstanding items or to get a free estimate.