Best Things to Pawn for Quick Cash

February 02, 2020 - Pawn Resources

Need quick cash today? We let you in on the best things to pawn for quick cash.

Take a look at the list below of items you can pawn for instant cash in hand, and then let the internet do some work for you while you carry on with your day. After all, no one has time to travel to each pawn in their area to find the best offer, especially when you need cash ASAP.

At the end of this post, we’ll show you how to put your item up for bid online for your local pawn shops to see within a matter of minutes.

But first, let’s get to the list of the best things to pawn for quick cash.

Best Things to Pawn for Quick Cash Today

Power Tools

Do you have any old power tools in your possession? Check the garage and basement! You will be surprised at what you might find.

Whether you have a power drill, bandsaw or air compressor laying around, power tools make the cut as one of the best things to pawn for quick cash. Power tools are always in demand, so pawn shops will be happy to pay you fair price for these.

Keep in mind that the older the power tool is, the less money you will get for it. Rid the tools of grease, dirt and sawdust to ensure they appear in tip-top shape when you take it to the pawn shop.

Like many other pawnable items, brands play an important part when it comes to power tools. Take a look at our post on how to sell your tools for top dollar to view a chart on the most and least desirable power tool brands.


It can be tough to part ways with pieces of jewelry, as they often have sentimental value. But, if you find yourself in a pinch, jewelry made of precious metals and stones are bound to get you a sizable chunk of cash.

We recommend you read our tips on how to pawn jewelry so that you can equip yourself with the knowledge necessary to get the best appraisal possible.

iPhones & Smartphones

iPhones sell for top dollar at pawn shops to get you quick cash, as long as the iPhone is in fairly good shape and is the iPhone 5 or a newer model.

If you have a minute, make sure that Find My iPhone is deactivated and that you collect any original boxes, manuals, cords or accessories that came with your iPhone. Checking for completeness is important for other smartphone brands as well.

You will receive a great price for the newer Samsung Galaxy phones, too. If you don’t have a Galaxy or iPhone, you should still list your old smartphone for bid to see what offers you can get.

Read more on how to prepare your iPhone for sale to get the best offer possible.

iPads & Tablets

iPads consistently receive great appraisals, as they are high-end electronic devices. The better the model, generation and features, the more cash you will get.

You might benefit from reading our post on selling your iPad for the best price. This will give you a list of offers you can expect to receive from pawn shops and other marketplaces.

Don’t have an iPad, but have another type of tablet such as the Nexus, Galaxy Tab or Kindle Fire? Take it to the pawn shop. It will still get the job done.

MacBooks, Laptops & Desktop Computers

Laptops such as MacBooks, as well as newer desktop computers, will earn you a good chunk of change from pawnbrokers. Gamer computers such as Alienware, MSI and Origin will also sell for top dollar.

Check out our tips for pawning your computer to learn more about what to expect in the way of prices and desirable brands.


Do you have an old hunting rifle or shot gun that you can part ways with for a little while until you pay back your pawn loan?

Guns tend to retain their retail value better than many other pawned items, which makes them a great option for pawning for quick cash. Before you bring your gun out to the pawn shop, read our tips on best practices for pawning guns.

How to Pawn for Quick Cash Online

List Your Item for Sale

List your item online at PawnGuru.

The free listing takes only a couple of minutes to create. It will save you time so that you don’t need to travel to all your nearby pawn shops to collect offers for comparison.

Accept a Bid

Once you list your item online, you will receive offers from multiple pawn shops in your area—sometimes within minutes. See an offer you like? Accept the bid.

Make the Transaction

After you accept the bid, you need to enter the pawn shop to make the transaction final.

Hand your item over to the pawnbroker and receive cash in hand by using the item as collateral until you pay the loan back. The other option is to sell the item outright.

Jordan Birnholtz

Jordan Birnholtz is the cofounder of PawnGuru. An alumnus of the University of Michigan, Jordan started PawnGuru in 2015 with Jon Polter, David Stiebel, and Jessica Zahnd. When he's not working at PawnGuru, Jordan volunteers his time to support undergraduates in building socially-responsible businesses and organizations through Optimize, a program at the University of Michigan.

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