Granter’s Pawn Shop in El Cerrito, CA

January 03, 2020 - Pawn Resources

Everything Vito Wise knows about pawn brokering came from his long time friend Stan Granter, the former owner of Granter’s.

Vito said as a youngster he would often peek into Granter’s seeing Stan sitting behind the loan counter with a green sun visor on, looking like Rod Steiger in the classic movie “The Pawnbroker.” Today Vito and “Uncle” Ralph are now the owners of Granter’s Pawn Shop and continue the long-standing motto of “Ca$h in a Flash” for 72 years, lending money with up to four months to repay.

Granter’s Pawn Shop is not your ordinary pawn shop.

Its Old Western styled building contains dozens of vintage swords, firearms, and an American flag given to them by Betty Ross’s great great granddaughter. Granter’s specializes in fine jewelry, watches, certified diamonds, antiques, musical instruments and newer electronics offered to the public at up to 1/2 off retail prices. Their vintage guitar collection have attracted the attention of many prominent guitarist like Joe Grisham, Kirk Hammett, Billie Armstrong, and John Fogerty.

Granter’s Pawn Shop
American Flag made by Betty Ross sold to Granter’s by Great Great Grandaughter

Vito says Granter’s is known as the “Poor Man’s Museum” explaining, “Rich people donate valuable historic items to museums for a tax write off. Average hard working middle class folks sell their items to Granter’s for display and sell; so we have a lot of valuable memorabilia, antiques, and vintage guitars that attract a variety of clientele.”

Granter’s Pawn Shop is opened Monday-Friday from 10am-5pm, except on Wednesdays when they close at 5:30pm. On weekends they are open on Saturday from 10am-4pm and closed on Sunday.

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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