What Can I Sell To A Pawn Shop?

February 08, 2020 - Pawn Resources

Besides loans, pawn shops also operate like retail stores by selling used and new items at deeply discounted prices.

Pawnbrokers will buy items and sell them later to the general public. Most pawn shops buy pieces of jewelry if they contain gold or diamonds. They are constantly restocking their shelves for customers, and certain items may be in demand more so than others. 

Also, pawn shops often buy electronics and tools. When it comes to tools, most pawn shops go for brand names, so if the tool you intend to sell has a recognizable brand name, you’ll get a more money. Truthfully, any used items that you don’t need or use, but still has value, could still interest a pawnbroker. An old laptop, lawnmower, and anything antique, are great items to bring to a nearby pawn shop.

After collecting the items you wish to sell, the next step is finding the best pawn shop. If the shop does not have clientele interested in your merchandise, you will have trouble selling to them. However, other pawn shops may feel different and actually pay a  good price if they know someone they can sell to.

Think of PawnGuru as the “matchmaker,” working hard to find the right pawn shop for your item. Pawnbrokers that sign up can send direct offers for specific items submitted by local users. This way when you receive an offer from a shop on PawnGuru you know they’re interested.

Jordan Birnholtz
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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Jason Strong

March 16, 2015, 9:03 PM

My good friend loves going into pawnshops and finding awesome deals. She somehow finds the coolest stuff and gets them for quality prices. This makes me want to go with her next time and see if I can get rid of my unwanted stuff.


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Brandon Roberts

April 30, 2015, 11:11 PM

I myself love going to pawn shops! It’s always nice being able to sell all of your unwanted items and turn them into cash. But you talked about the process that most pawn shops go through, and I did not know that. This information was interesting for me to read about.

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Sandy Tull

November 3, 2015, 7:22 PM

I love that pawn shops will give you a price for something you thought was basically useless. I have old electronics, an old guitar, and video games that pawn shops can always find a buyer for. They really can have a positive effect in cleaning your house and making cash on the side!

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Nash Rich

May 3, 2016, 8:21 PM

I’ve browsed through a pawn shop a few times, but I can’t think of anything I’ve bought. I’ve also never sold anything. I can think of stuff that I could sell though. I love finding musical stuff, so I should check them out more often.

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Jenna Hunter

May 31, 2019, 8:54 PM

I really liked what you said about what kinds of items I can sell to a pawn shop. My mother has a few items that she wants to get rid of. It would be really helpful if she could sell her stuff to a professional.

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