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Tuesday, December 22 2020
Should You Buy Valentine's Gifts Now or in February?

Valentine’s Day is about two months from the time of writing. Seems far away… but two months ago, we were saying the same thing about the holidays. 

So now’s the time to start at least thinking about what you’ll be getting for your partner. 

But when should you buy it? Should you go get your gift now, a few months in advance; or should you wait until February rolls around to find something for your partner?

Keep reading to learn when you should buy your Valentine’s Day gifts.

Buying Now

Buying now is usually your best option, especially if you’re getting a custom gift for your partner. You want ample time to look around for and get that custom gift.

In fact, the holiday might be a good time to shop whether or not you’re getting your partner a custom gift. You’ll be out and about shopping for the holidays, so you may as well find something your partner will appreciate while you’re at it.

Buying in February

Perhaps your partner isn’t a fan of big, showy Valentine’s gifts. In that case, you could wait until February to go shopping for your gift.

Chocolates often work here. You don’t want to hold onto chocolates for a long time, after all, since it is food.

Same with flowers — if they’re real. Real flowers die, of course, so get them close to Valentine’s Day.

Order it as soon as possible (preferably today) to make sure it comes in on time.

Whether you’re buying your gift now or in February, there’s no need to go to a traditional store. Believe it or not, pawn shops often have some excellent Valentine’s Day gifts available.

Think about it: jewelry, diamond, precious metals, and more are all common sights at pawn shops. 

Or maybe you show your love by getting your partner an item that they can use in their hobbies. You’ll find things like musical instruments at pawn shops as well.

With all that in mind, come down to Cash Express if you’re shopping for a Valentine’s gift in Philadelphia. We’ve got plenty of jewelry at great prices. And if your partner isn’t a fan of jewelry, well, there’s plenty of other cool stuff in our inventory as well. Come visit us today!

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Tuesday, December 08 2020
Holiday Gifts You Can Buy at Pawn Shops For the Best Prices

We’re in the prime of the holiday shopping season, now that it’s the beginning of December. People are scrambling to stores, hoping to knock out all of their holiday shopping before the stuff they need disappears from the shelves — and all without breaking the bank.

Which makes pawn shops an excellent place for you to visit. Since most people will be at retail stores, visiting a pawn shop helps you skip the crowd.

But even better: you’ll find some amazing items at prices hard to beat elsewhere. With that said, here are some holiday gifts you can buy at pawn shops for great prices.

Jewelry

Jewelry is one of the most popular types of pawn shop items, and it serves as a great gift. At pawn shops, you can get jewelry for a lot less than you’d find at a jeweler.

Remember to consider the tastes of the person you’re buying the jewelry for. Do they wear a certain type of jewelry often? Factor that into your gift-buying decision.

Watches

There’s nothing like a beautiful timepiece to complete an outfit and project class to others. They also make excellent holiday gifts.

Whether you’re shopping for a watch enthusiast or someone who just needs something nice on their wrist, visit a pawn shop. You should be able to find some gorgeous watches from excellent brands without paying absolute top dollar. 

Musical Instruments

Musical instruments are a popular pawn shop item, especially guitars and their accessories (amps, pedals, etc.). However, you might be able to find drum sets, violins, and more.

Your best bet is to find a pawn shop specializing in musical instruments. You’ll have more options there, helping you find the perfect instrument for the musician in your family.

Power Tools

Have a handyman in the family? They’ll tell you that the best power tools are quite expensive. 

Fortunately, pawn shops can solve this issue.

You can often find slightly-used tools from top brands like Bosch, Black & Decker, and Dewalt for great prices at pawn shops. They’ll look and work like new, yet cost much less than buying new.

So visit a pawn shop if you’re doing some holiday shopping for the handyman in your life.

Video Games/Consoles/Other Electronics

Video games, consoles, and electronics are a favorite gift among kids. But these all add up fast in terms of price.

Luckily, pawn shops often have used consoles and electronics at affordable prices. Peripherals, such as controllers and mics, can often be found as well. Even if it’s not a brand new console, many gamers will appreciate receiving a console and/or some games this holiday season.

Looking to save money on your holiday shopping in Philadelphia? Come down to Cash Express pawn shop! We have plenty of jewelry and precious metals, but there are other great gift items here as well.

Plus, if you need to bolster your holiday budget, we’d be happy to look at any items you’d like to pawn. Come visit us today!

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Tuesday, December 01 2020
Things You Can Pawn For $50, $200, and $500

Need money fast? A pawn shop could be one of your best bets. 

But what items should you bring in? And how much cash could you fetch for them?

Pawn shops accept a wide range of items, although pricing won’t always be the same. Here is a quick guide on items you can pawn for $500, $200, and $50.

Items to Pawn For $500

Diamonds That is Strong in the Four C’s

Diamonds are highly sought-after, but you’ll get the most money with a strong showing in clarity, cut, color, and carat. A 1-carat diamond that is healthy in the other three factors could net you $500.

Gold Jewelry

Nearly every pawnbroker buys gold jewelry or accepts it as collateral for a pawn loan. Weight, karat, and purity are the most significant factors impacting price. Other valuable stones can increase the price, but if the stones aren’t valuable, it can actually bring the price down.

Newer, High-End Electronics

Most electronics won’t go for much at pawn shops. However, if you have new, top-of-the-line TVs, laptops, or computers in great condition, you may be able to fetch $500 at a pawn shop.

Items to Pawn For $200

Jewelry

Some gold jewelry, as well as most silver and platinum jewelry, will fall closer to $200 based on quality. Silver coins could also bring you to $200.

Watches

Pawn shops love watches, but not cheap watches you can pick up anywhere. High-end brands like Casio, Rolex, and Patek Philippe can easily bring you a $200 or more pawn loan.

Digital Cameras

Similar to electronics, only high-end digital cameras will earn you $200. Make sure the camera is in excellent condition.

Items to Pawn For $50

Guitars

Guitars can be all over the place when it comes to value. Sure, there’s the rare guitar worth thousands, but most peoples’ guitars only bring them $50 or a little more. 

Other musical instruments might earn you a decent sum, too, especially if you visit a pawnbroker specializing in instruments.

Power Tools

Power tools are a popular pawn shop item because DIYers love to get good brands from pawn shops for cheap. 

Of course, that means, run-of-the-mill brands won’t get you far. Aim for the higher-end: DeWalt, Hitachi, and Ryobi, among others. 

Make sure they’re in great condition, too.

Video Games and Consoles

The newer the system, and the better the condition, the higher the price. If you bring controllers, cords, and other peripherals, you’ll earn more.

Video games will net you a few more bucks. The newer the game, the more money you could receive.

Have any of the above items? Cash Express would be happy to take a look. We especially love jewelry and watches, but you can bring in anything on this list and we’ll see if we can give you a price. Stop by today!

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